TTD introduces mobile vehicle scanner at Alipiri check-post
Expanding its security footprint in view of the growing security threat, the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) has added a ‘Mobile vehicle scanner’ to its paraphernalia on Friday, meant to be used at Alipiri check-point, the portal to Tirumala hills.
The vehicle looks like a parked vehicle, but has a system to completely scan the contents of the vehicle passing or parked next to it. Manufactured by America Science and Engineering, the system works on “backscatter technology”. The radiation level at 0.06mu is just a tenth of the transmission technology used by the regular X-Ray scanners and hence is said to be safe to be used on humans, animals and food products. The transmission technology is said to be not permitted for full body scan in the country.
“Not just for weapons causing security threat, the device can also be used to identify cigarettes, liquor, meat etc. the possession, sale and consumption of which are banned on Tirumala hills,” said Vigilance and Security Officer K. Appa Roy. The demonstration given today yielded positive results, as a truck was found transporting a gas cylinder, concealed under gunnybags of grains.
Chief Vigilance and Security Officer G.V.G. Ashok Kumar expressed satisfaction at the performance of the device, indicating that it would enhance security cover and also save time for the pilgrims. While the current process of stopping a vehicle, asking the passengers to disembark and checking their belongings takes around 5 minutes, this scan takes just five seconds to take a full glimpse of the contents of the vehicle.
If anything suspicious is found, the sleuths then go for a detailed scan.