Customs and Border Protection picks Smart Imaging Systems for explosives-scanning sensors for cars and trucks

Nov. 23, 2020
The CXR fits in a car trunk, and can deploy in minutes to protect border crossings, government checkpoints, building garages, and high security events.

BELTSVILLE, Md. – The U.S. Customs and Border Protection service in Washington needed compact portable X-ray technology to scan for contraband and explosives in cars and trucks. They found their solution from Smart Imaging Systems Inc. in Beltsville, Md.

The Customs and Border Protection service, the largest law-enforcement group in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has issued a $3.5 million purchase order for the company's CXR explosives- and contraband-detection X-ray system for cars and trucks.

Designed for the MARS Rover, the CXR fits in a car trunk, and Customers and Border Protection personnel can deploy it in minutes at border crossings, government checkpoints, building garages, large event parking facilities, and high security events.

The CXR explosives-scanning sensors system uses safe levels of X-rays to detect drugs, weapons, and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). The system typically scans a car in as little time as five to ten seconds from above or from the sides of vehicles. It can be concealed behind overhead signs or roadside planters. It requires two 12-volt motorcycle batteries to operate.

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Land border crossings enable enforcement of immigration and customs laws, and are targets for transnational criminal organizations. These portable car scanners will enable authorities to conduct pulse and surge operations at the nations land and sea ports of entry.

The undisclosed number of units will be delivered and deployed beginning in 2021.

For more information contact Smart Imaging Systems online at, or U.S. Customs and Border Security at

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