Meet the world’s first handheld Z Backscatter imaging system—MINI Z
Find out why Popular Science Magazine named the MINI Z handheld X-ray scanner one of top inventions of the year in the Best of What's New Award for 2014. We took the same technology that made the ZBV® system the top-selling cargo and vehicle inspection system in the world, and miniaturized it. The MINI Z system provides effective detection of organic threats, contraband, and explosives for public safety, customs and border enforcement, and security officials.
The MINI Z handheld X-ray system is a compact, single-sided imager that can be used to scan objects in hard-to-reach areas, allowing for the effective screening of a wide variety of items such as suspicious bags, walls, furniture, small boats, aircraft, vehicle tires, and car interiors.
Using AS&E’s signature Z Backscatter technology, the MINI Z system produces a real-time image of the scan target, highlighting organic materials that transmission X-ray systems can miss, such as explosives, currency, and drugs.
- The same technology that made the ZBV® system the top-selling cargo and vehicle inspection system in the world, now in a small form factor.
- Unlike density meters, trace detectors, or portable transmission X-ray systems, the MINI Z system produces an easy-to-interpret image to quickly locate organic contraband behind non-metallic surfaces.
- The MINI Z system is self-contained and does not require set-up: enabling immediate operation. As an operator scans a target, an image appears in real-time on the system’s dedicated tablet.
The MINI Z system is safe for operators, bystanders, and the environment. The system’s X-ray dose conforms with the appropriate ANSI, ICRP, NCRP, and EURATOM radiation safety standards. Although the MINI Z is a low-energy and low-dose Z Backscatter system, it is not designed to scan people. The MINI Z system must be used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions and under the jurisdiction of local laws and regulations.
Completely self-contained: Does not require physical set-up, enabling immediate operation; Battery operated, wireless communications (Wi-Fi)
Easy operation: As an operator scans a target, an image appears in real-time on the system’s dedicated tablet.
Training materials: Already loaded onto the companion image viewer tablet accessed through the home screen help icon
Operating Time: Four (4) hours per battery charge ( typical, based on 25% duty cycle)
Scan Speed: Designed for a scan speed of 15 cm (6 in) per second (typical)
Manual Image Stitching: Allows the user to create a composite image using up to 4 images in a group
Border and Security Checkpoints: Screening vehicle bumpers, tires, panels or interiors for concealed threats such as drugs, cigarettes, explosives and currency.
Drug Enforcement: Investigation of suspected vehicles and drug labs for drugs or currency.
VIP Security: Securing rooms and furniture for organic threats and IEDs to ensure personnel safety.
Public Safety: Quick screening of suspicious bags and packages for potential terrorist threats.
Take the virtual MINI Z demo here. This highly interactive simulation shows you just how easy it is to discover explosives, weapons and drugs in a variety of challenging locations like urban environments, maritime, airfields, and borders.
Tablet Mount Kit: Includes a mount for the tablet and a shorter connector cable.
Tactical Backpack: For greater portability of main system components.