Every year, the air cargo industry transports 6.4 trillion dollars of goods equaling 35 percent of world trade by value according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). World air cargo traffic is expected to double in the next 20 years. Despite the flow of cargo in and out of countries around the world, very little air cargo is scanned for threats or contraband smuggling.
Cosmic ray tomography has the capability of enhancing the safety and security of the air cargo industry while also facilitating legitimate trade. Decision Sciences has also been conducting research and development through a contract with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office (read the full Press Release here) for a new product tailored for the air cargo scanning mission that is broadly based on the underlying technology of MMPDS Gen3. The air cargo solution will use an active electron tomography scanner to identify much smaller threats that are of specific interest to the air cargo market. This new product is expected to deploy in 2019.