InVision uses Mercury system to satisfy FAA Contracts
Experts at InVision Technologies in Newark, Calif., needed a high-performance computer system for their CTX 5500 DS explosives-detection systems for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The RACE computer system from Mercury Computer Systems in Chelmsford, Mass., met their needs.
"The processing power provided by Mercury`s embedded computers is a key element in helping InVision achieve our performance goals and meet the stringent FAA certification requirements," says Sergio Magistri, chief executive officer of InVision Technologies.
"Explosives detection is a small but growing niche market whose applications are a natural complement to our much larger medical imaging business," says Jay Bertelli, president and CEO of Mercury Computer Systems Inc. "Explosives detection at airports is similar in many respects to the hospital MRI environment. In both cases, accuracy is critical and space is limited."
In the case of explosives detection, the embedded Mercury processors reconstruct cross-sectional images and display the computed densities of objects in passenger`s baggage on the security guard`s screen.
Since 1993, Mercury has supplied the processing power for InVision`s explosives detection systems, which operate at airports throughout the world. The FAA has purchased 67 InVision systems for installation in the United States. Internationally, systems are installed in airports in the U.K., France, Israel, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Japan, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, and Taiwan.
The new contract calls for Mercury computers to be installed in eight InVision explosives-detection systems, which InVision is producing under contract from the FAA. - J.M.
For more information on Mercury Computer Systems contact John Robinson by phone at 978-256-1300, by fax at 978-256-3599, by mail at Mercury Computer Systems Inc., 199 Riverneck Road, Chelmsford, Mass. 01824-2820, or on the World Wide Web at http://www.mc.com.
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