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Todd research secures x-ray contract with UK government agency

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Todd Research has been awarded a long-term contract to supply over 200 of its TR15 Smart Scan Cabinet X Ray Scanners for a UK government agency.

Under the terms of the contract, Todd Research will supply, commission, maintain and support new and existing equipment across a multi worldwide estate, delivering hardware, service and training support which will help to advance the security of high profile buildings from terrorist and activist attacks by screening baggage, parcels and letters upon entry.

Todd Research Operations Director, Mark Boshell, said: “We are excited to work with this government agency, being recognised as delivering first class advanced technologies with industry leading image quality on our range of x ray detection security scanners. We will leverage our significant experience in this sector to deliver our first-class customer focused service and support over throughout the life of this contract.”

Todd research says cabinet X-ray scanners provide a compact, cost effective threat detection solution offering protection from powder threats such as Anthrax and Ricin as well as sharps and explosives. The company has extensive experience with cabinet x-ray scanners and offer a range of innovative products to suit individual business requirements.

5 Minutes With… Jason Wakefield, Todd Research

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In the latest instalment of our security industry executive interview series, we sat down with Jason Wakefield, Sales Director at Todd Research, to talk about his company, industry opportunities, technology, AI and career advice…

Tell us about your company, products and services.

Todd Research have been trading since 1950 and are global experts in manufacturing and distributing world class security threat detection equipment designed to improve the safety and security of the general public buildings and staff within. 

What have been the biggest challenges the Security industry has faced over the past 12 months?

Todd Research pride themselves at being one step ahead of terrorist methodologies and technologies through having a thorough understanding of terrorist and activists methodologies – the methods that are used by the said groups are fast changing and trying to foresee future terrorist / activists delivery methods can be a challenge.

And what have been the biggest opportunities?

Using our development expertise, we are entering into the aviation industry with some innovative solutions for screening of in-flight supplies.  

What is the biggest priority for the Security industry in 2020?

Using technology for the protection of the general public while visiting stadiums / arenas and general concert sites.

What are the main trends you are expecting to see in the market in 2020?

We have seen year-on-year growth over the last few years within the scanning and screening industry and we foresee 2020 to follow this trend. 

What technology is going to have the biggest impact on the market this coming year? 

We have seen a large increase on enquiries for our trace detection equipment – this technology has become so much more affordable so it is now being sold into commercial companies in addition to x-ray machines for additional protection of staff

In 2023 we’ll all be talking about…? 

Within the next 3 years you will see the introduction of AI (artificial intelligence) technology within security operations – the introduction of this technology negates the human element for decision making. You will still need a human to confirm whatever the AI software has alerted on. 

Which person in, or associated with, the Security industry would you most like to meet? 

I would like to sit down and have a coffee with James Brokenshire (the Minister of State for Security) .

You go to the bar at the Total Security Summit – what’s your tipple of choice? 

Definitely Coffee – I need this in my life.

What’s the most exciting thing about your job? 

At Todd research no two days are the same but I most enjoy visiting unusual places and meeting new people. 

And what’s the most challenging? 

Entering into new territories are always a challenge because you have various legislation boxes that need to ticked for radiation compliance – you also need to find a local partner that can be trusted to help grow your business within the new territory. 

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?  

When you receive and angry email you should always wait until the next day before responding – well this and don’t eat yellow snow.

Which X-ray Scanners are suitable for different types of Business?

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The day-to-day activities of a workplace will play a big part in guiding the decision of which type of x-ray scanner is best for your business. If you are using the X-ray Scanner for postal screening, then the size of the mailroom will also place a big part in this decision.

It will be useful to think about what items you will be scanning. If it will just be parcels and letters than a cabinet scanner with a smaller capacity will be sufficient. But what if it’s briefcases and backpacks? 

The average size of what you are needing to scan will help determine the type of machine required, this might be a single letter, mail sacks, large boxes, courier deliveries or baggage. Whether you decided on a Conveyor X-ray Scanner or a Cabinet X-ray Scanner, both have many different features and functionalities that can detect explosives, incendiaries, weapons and contraband. 

Conveyor X-ray Scanners are suitable for and widely used at airports, Government Buildings, Banks, VIP Residences, Hotels, Shopping Malls, Schools & Universities and Public Event Venues. Remember not all Conveyor X-ray Scanners are the same size, and the type of Conveyor scanner you use will largely be determined by the size of products you wish to scan. For example, a smaller more mobile conveyor scanner would possibly be more suitable in public event venues, schools and universities as this could be easily deployed to another area should screening locations change, and would be suitable for smaller items such as student belongings or bags of those attending a public event.

Cabinet X-ray scanners provide a compact, cost effective threat detection solution without the space requirements and operating costs of a conveyor-based X-ray system.  They are ideal for mailrooms and reception areas as they take up less room than a conveyor and can be stood up and moved around on wheels.

Whatever X-ray Scanner you have in place, it is imperative that staff are well trained not only in operating the scanner but in detecting possible indicators of a suspect item, and the appropriate action upon discovery of any suspicious item.  

Introducing the TR-TRACE Explosive Vapour and Trace Detector from Todd Research

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With today’s heightened threat of terrorism, security professionals at nuclear power plants, embassies, high-risk facilities, transportation companies, and government agencies are exploring explosives trace detection equipment, as part of a robust security strategy to help protect the public and vital infrastructure from threats.

The TR-TRACE  is ideal to be used in public transit areas, large retail sites, stadiums and high risk infrastructure sites as well as for vehicle screening and can also can be used to detect narcotics.

This trace detector is easy to operate, portable, light weight and comes in a lightweight bag with protective case. The detector can work for up to 4 hours continuously in standalone.

The cost of TR-TRACE’s ownership is very low, as special consumables are not required. Regular aluminium foil swabs can be used for surface wiping in (particle mode).
This mobile trace detector does not contain any radiation sources and the internal memory allows saving of more than 100K results of analysis.

The TR-TRACE has a short warm up time of less than 1 minute, with high sensitivity the TR-TRACE can detect and identify a wide variety of explosives including pure explosive and composite explosives under different humidity and pressure conditions in vapour or trace (particles mode). The detector is capable of analysing and giving results within 2-8 seconds and when a detection is positive, an audio and visual alarm will sound.

A list of explosives the TR-TRACE can detect include –

TNT, RDX, C4, Semtex, PETN, ANFO, EGDN, Nitro-glycerine (NG), Dynamite, DNT, Black Powder, Ammonia and Urea nitrates, HMTD, Tetryl and mixtures thereof.

Contact us today for a demonstration or to find out more.

INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT: Todd Research safety & security

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One of the oldest and most established organisations in safety and security, Todd Research has a proud history of designing, manufacturing and supplying X-ray scanners, metal detectors and blast suppression equipment across a diverse range of public and private market channels.

Todd Research was formed in January 1950 and began by designing and manufacturing equipment for the medical and veterinary sectors.

In 1973, Todd Research made a breakthrough in X-ray technology by developing the world’s first X-ray scanner specifically designed for mailroom security.

Now at the heart of our business is our Cabinet X-ray scanner offering. Since developing the world’s first mailroom X-ray scanner, we’ve expanded our product range to cover a wide range of security solutions, each designed to aid the detection of suspect devices.

With over 50 years’ experience, our mission is to use technology to develop innovative solutions and services which exceed our customer’s expectations. To achieve sustainable year on year growth through providing quality and innovative products and services. Alongside our market-leading range of security and safety products, we also offer a full suite of services. From threat assessment and management, to health and safety compliance, we go the extra mile to ensure that our customers always have the support they need.