Jamaican firm introduces cutting edge technology to regional airports

Monday, July 03, 2017

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PRODUCTIVE Business Solutions (PBS), a member of the Jamaican-based Mussons Group, has positioned itself as the region's leading scanner provider, executing several airport projects in Honduras, Antigua, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica.

That reach is now being further cemented by a sophisticated port security scanner technology project in Costa Rica.

The technology, known as CX Portal Cargo Inspection System, is currently being manufactured and is expected to be installed in December this year.

It will be used by APM Terminals, one of the largest international container terminal operating companies (57 ports in 36 countries and more than 155 inland services in 48 countries in five continents) headquartered in The Hague, Netherlands, and subsidiary of leading cargo company AP Moeller Maersk A/S (MAERSK-B).

The CX Portal Cargo Inspection System configured for Costa Rica is considered superior due not only to the speed of the scanner, which can process a 20-meter long vehicle in 12 seconds (7.5 km/hr), but also for the integration software and professional Services from L-3 and PBS.

L3 Security and Detection Systems is the world's leading supplier of aviation threat detection systems, advanced explosives detection systems for checked luggage, passengers and cargo.

The port security scanner has the ability to penetrate up to 75mm in steel, detect illegal merchandise, drugs, explosives, prohibited substances, and human beings. Beyond that, the detector electronics feature of the CX-Portal provides field replaceable units that can be changed in minutes, operational sensors, X-ray interlocks, and CCTV camera with data detected made available to an existing ClearView network.

The image quality of the scanner is superior to the competitors and the ClearView workstation has image analysis with integrated display of all data and sensors, full suite of dual-energy X-ray image analysis tools, histogram scan and equalisation, on-screen comparison with reference images, and marking of suspicious areas with text and graphics.

The equipment also has an infrared reader for container numbers and license plates.

PBS started operations in Costa Rica 52 years ago, and in the last few years has been offering reproduction equipment for office and graphic arts environments, as well as IT-related equipment and services, and is led by CEO Pedro Paris.

PBS parent, the Mussons Group, led by Paul “PB” Scott, is a diversified conglomerate operating most specifically as a distributor, logistics partner, manufacturer, and sales and marketing company for many global brands, and some of its own branded products in well over 30 countries.

— Balford Henry

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