Inappropriately packed and undeclared dangerous goods have been the cause of major aviation incidents.
For example, the fire that broke out on ValuJet flight 592 causing it to crash into the Florida Everglades
and killing all on board.
From past experience we know that terrorists are interested in air cargo consignments for the shipment of illicit
goods or to hide an explosive device intended to bring down the aircraft. As a result, authorities now require an
increasing proportion of cargo to be passed through x-ray screening equipment.
It is the responsibility of the carrier or its agent to provide adequate, ongoing training of x-ray
screener operators. The SmartSystem cargo simulator is an important component in that training as it
provides near perfect simulation of the x-ray equipment using computer-based training techniques.
SmartSystem can be used as part of the induction training of new employees or for periodic re-training
to maintain the highest performance levels.
Improving screener performance
SmartSystem has been developed under the supervision of UK Department for Transport approved security,
firearms and explosives trainers. Surveys have shown a 70% improvement in screener performance when
SmartSystem forms a major part of a screener training program.
Exact replication of x-ray machines
Using computer-based techniques, SmartSystem enables an x-ray operator to view a large number of cargo
consignment x-ray images, many of which contain security threats, such as improvised explosive or
incendiary devices (IED/IIDs). Non-terrorist threats are also accounted for by the inclusion of a range
of declared and non-declared dangerous goods.
The trainee is presented with a sequence of x-ray images of cargo items plus a representation of the
x-ray machine control panel. Pressing the various control keys on the panel allows the various image
enhancement functions to be activated exactly as they are on the x-ray equipment. The quality of our
library of images is such that the student’s experience is almost indiscernible from that gained
using a ‘real’ x-ray machine.
The trainee can also see a simplified version of the accompanying documents showing the air waybill and
any dangerous goods declaration. The student has the choice to clear the item of cargo, reject it
because of incorrect paperwork or reject it because of a threat item.
Training review and evaluation
At the end of a sequence of cargo, typically 20 cargo items, there is a review session and each item
is revisited. The trainee’s decision to reject or clear the item is compared to the correct decision
and reasons provided.
An on-screen high level report indicates to the trainee whether they have passed or failed the session
and where they have made errors.
Every trainee has their own individual log in. The system records their performance scores, thereby
allowing the trainer to issue certification, or where appropriate, identify weaknesses and help to
improve their skills through further training sessions.
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- Abu Dhabi Airport.
- Air India.
- Astrophysics Inc.
- Avseco (Hong Kong International Airport)
- British Airports Authority, plc (BAA).
- College of North Atlantic, Qatar.
- Dubai International Airports
- Duke Energy.
- Finnish Civil Aviation
- Hellenic Civil Aviation
- Jet Airways.
- Korean Aviation Security Academy.
- Prague International Airport.
- Royal Air Force.
- The US Transportation
Security Administration (TSA).