Bangkok Police Test X-Ray Van In Ratchada, Catch Nobody
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Posted 2012-06-27 12:00:23
Bangkok police test X-ray van in Ratchada, catch nobody
By Coconuts Bangkok
BANGKOK: -- Bangkok police recently tested out X-ray vans that can scan cars for weapons or drugs in the entertainment zones of Ratchada Road.
The vehicles can scan cars within five feet – either while driving by or while parked and letting cars pass. The rays scatter back to a detector in the van and a full picture of the interior of a scanned car is shown, just like a medical X-ray.
Police in the van then radio checkpoint teams to make arrests if they see illegal contraband. Unfortunately, police found that the X-rays on four test vans stopped functioning well after two or three hours of use because of the heat, Channel 3 reported.
Deputy Commissioner General of Royal Thai Police Pol. Gen. Ekworrapong Chiwwareaprecha said that police want to use technology and optimize vehicle searches to combat a rising wave of crime and violence. Police plan to use the X-ray trucks at borders and in Bangkok entertainment zones, he said. He told Channel 7 that they hadn’t made any arrests yet on the first night [more...]
Full story: http://www.coconutsb...a-catch-nobody/
-- COCONUTSBangkok 2012-06-27
Posted 2012-06-27 12:11:15
Edited by Yunla, 2012-06-27 12:12:37.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:14:48
No mention anywhere of the vehicle's occupants getting cooked in the process, probable over time I suspect.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:16:38
One of the disadvantages of the 'lowest bid' requirements for capital purchases.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:18:10
Hope they let pregnant women out of the vehicle first.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:20:19
Or women getting impregnated in cars. It's Ratchada after all.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:24:37
I wouldn't volunteer to operate that that contraption. We all get enough radiation from the sun, just look at hospital staff in the x-ray area. They work behind a lead shielded concrete wall.
Watch out for irradiated police.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:26:20
Negative test, make no bones about it. Catch-NO-BODY. Laugh--within 5 feet---and within 2-3 hours stopped functioning because of the heat ????? at night ??? well hope they do not use them at NOON. They then would need fire brigade back up--5555 Ha Ha
Posted 2012-06-27 12:32:22
Doesn't bode well, if it stops working after 3-4 hours. Another Airship of Airport Scanner screw up in the making
Posted 2012-06-27 12:39:48
Perhaps that is why they didn't find anything, they only used the device on cars that were made from lead, as they were so concerned about the health risks.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:46:04
A few well trained puppy dogs would be better....but they could not be bought off.
Posted 2012-06-27 12:47:27
Am I the only one concerned about the BiB operating an X-Ray machine to scan passing vehicles, presumably without getting anyone's consent, or even warning them about the dangers associated with being X-rayed?
Personally, I have zero desire to be X-rayed unnecessarily. And, of course, we know that the machine will be properly maintained and inspected over time to ensure it does not leak X-rays while in use.
I am also wondering who is operating the machine. Are they qualified in any way to be operating an X-ray machine?
Scary stuff this. The only thing scarier would be a (Thai) government operated nuclear power plant.
Amazing Miracle Thailand, indeed.
Posted 2012-06-27 13:03:11
Not the only one.
Posted 2012-06-27 13:14:17
These things are scary. Note this quote from their website:
The ZBV is equipped with numerous safety mechanisms. The system is fully interlocked for X-ray safety. The ANSI standard specifies all of the radiation safety measures that systems such as ZBV must have, such as interlocks and emergency stops. Any malfunction that could cause an unexpected increase in radiation emission is interlocked to prevent X-ray generation. (An interlock is a device that, when tripped, automatically prevents the system from generating radiation.)
It is not to hard to imagine an untrained or poorly trained technician by-passing or disabling one of these interlocks and thereby allowing the machine to generate dangerous levels of X-rays
Posted 2012-06-27 13:19:05
What will the ZBV system detect?
The ZBV system is exceptionally effective in detecting explosives and other security threats, as well as drugs and contraband.
Edited by Reasonableman, 2012-06-27 13:27:36.
Posted 2012-06-27 13:51:59
I doubt they have thought this through. I think anyone who goes through one of these checkpoints, and later in life develops cancer, should sue the BIB for a huge amount.
Posted 2012-06-27 14:00:25
The point of this devices is to make a bundle to the "security" company and those receiving backhanders.
A little security circus is then needed to appease the public.
How this can be used in that area to fight drugs is beyond me, are they going to spot a few pills in someone's pocket, and if so stop every person coming back from the doctor?
Or are we to believe that there's mayor drug contraband going through Ratchadaphisek, as in tens or hundreds of kilos of stuff hidden in car seats and spare tires?
Posted 2012-06-27 14:06:48
It must be a large amount of Rads to penetrate the mild steel skin of a car.
Presumably there is some kind of a plate the other side of the road?
You wouldn't want to be standing there having a cigarette and a chat - that's for sure
Posted 2012-06-27 14:12:26
The systems use back-scatter x-rays. That is it detects the x-rays that reflect from the car back to the detectors. The 'scatter' part is a bit disconcerting though.
Posted 2012-06-27 14:16:18
I didn't see anywhere in the article what type / brand of equipment they are using ? Does anyone know that it is ZBV for sure ? I for one would hope that whatever system they are using has some type of accreditation and is not merely a copy of something else.
Posted 2012-06-27 14:20:26
Good luck with that!
Posted 2012-06-27 14:29:41
This wouldn't fly in the US. If people where getting x-rayed without consent then they would be suing for millions!!!
Edited by arkom, 2012-06-27 14:51:40.
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