QinetiQ North America (QNA) teamed with VeriTainer Corporation
to provide its radiation scanning
solution to ports. VeriTainer Corp. has developed the VeriSpreader, a crane-mounted device that scans containers in real time for dangerous radiation as they are being loaded and discharged from container ships.
The teaming agreement couples VeriTainer’s technology with QNA’s systems engineering and data analysis capability to deliver scanning technology to ports. The agreement comes on the heels of VeriTainer's two Oakland Pilot Projects, the second of which concludes later this month. The Oakland test program demonstrated the robustness and efficiency of this technology, according to the company, and its design as more than 20,000 containers have successfully been scanned without disruption to operations as they entered the Port of Oakland. Earlier this year, the VeriSpreader was awarded Qualified Anti-Terrorist Technology (QATT) designation status by the Department of Homeland Security for developmental testing and evaluation.
"VeriTainer has proven that its crane-based detection system works, and we believe it accomplishes primary scanning in the most accurate and efficient way since the lift period offers a long dwell time for the sensors," said Rob Topping, QNA's President and COO. “Combining VeriTainer's technology with our ability to deliver solutions to port and homeland security customers is an important part of our strategy to employ innovative, best-in-class technologies, both from inside QinetiQ and from our partners.”