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ZBV with Tx-View™

Security threats come in all shapes and sizes. You need a versatile system to combat them all.

The Z Backscatter® Van ("ZBV") is the most maneuverable, versatile, and successful cargo and vehicle screening system on the market. In addition to Z Backscatter technology—pioneered and perfected by AS&E—the ZBV with the Tx-View option offers enhanced detection of metallic threats by providing dual-energy transmission images of scanned vehicles and cargo.

The easy-to-read Z Backscatter image quickly and clearly reveals threats like explosives, drugs, currency, and trade-fraud items such as alcohol and cigarettes. When operators compare these images with the simultaneously acquired dual-energy transmission images, they are empowered with a comprehensive view of cargo and vehicles for optimum threat detection.  The ZBV with Tx-View system gives your team:

  • Simultaneous Z Backscatter and dual-energy transmission images
  • Enhanced detection of metallic threats, such as weapons and VBIED components
  • Maximum flexibility, maneuverability, and ease of use
  • Real-time imaging of vehicles and cargo for rapid analysis
  • A system proven to be effective and reliable—even in harsh environments
  • The lowest cost of ownership for a mobile screening system

Service, Training, and Support

AS&E is dedicated to providing the best service and training for all of our inspection systems. AS&E’s service organization has multiple facilities and spare parts depots located throughout the world. Our field service team includes program managers, more than fifty highly trained field service engineers, and dedicated expert trainers who understand the unique requirements of our customers. AS&E’s ZBV® and Z Backscatter™ Van maintenance and support services are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. ZBV and Z Backscatter Van training services feature interactive, hands-on, skill-based training, as well as classroom instruction. Learn More


  • Dual-energy transmission images are captured simultaneously with Z Backscatter images in Stationary Scan Mode when the Tx-View option is deployed. When the option is not deployed, the system can also operate in drive-by mode.
  • Innovative, low-profile detector design results in no bottom cut-off.
  • Tx-View option is deployed quickly and easily, and is completely self-contained for storage and transport.
  • Scan speeds of up to 10 km/h (6 mph).
  • ZBV retains all standard features and functionality.


Available in three configurations to meet your real-world requirements:

  • ZBV C-Class: The original ZBV system built with a custom coach on a Mercedes-Benz® Sprinter cab chassis.
  • ZBV R-Class: Built for rugged terrain, the Ford® F550 chassis offers 4WD, additional ground clearance, and a crew cab for extra space.
  • ZBV S-Class: The newest addition to the ZBV line is built on a standard Mercedes-Benz Sprinter panel van for a contemporary appearance. Its reduced operational footprint is ideal for scanning objects in the tightest confines.

Mercedes-Benz is a registered trademark of Daimler AG. Ford is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.



The ZBV system developed by AS&E uses innovative technology, which ensures a low radiation dose that is safe for operators, cargo, and the environment.

The ZBV system fully complies with the applicable American National Standard Institute (ANSI) standard for non-medical X-ray screening systems, including rigid adherence to the radiation dose limits prescribed in these standards.

Dose to Cargo: Less than 0.1 microSievert (μSv) per scan (equivalent to 10 microRem (μrem)), at an average speed of 5 km/h (3 mph) at the recommended scan distance. Should a stowaway accidentally be scanned, the effective dose is well below the ANSI specified limit for accidental exposure and is equivalent to flying in an airplane at altitude for two minutes. The Tx-View option uses the same X-ray source as the ZBV system. As such, there is no increase in radiation exposure from the low dose of the standard ZBV system.

For added radiation monitoring, the optional Scan Area Monitoring (SAM) Kit provides the ability to monitor and detect the presence of objects in the ZBV X-ray beam path, and automatically stops the scan if an object is closer than the prescribed scan distance or moving slower than the prescribed scan speed.


The ZBV system’s primary purpose is to screen vehicles and containers for contraband and security threats. If a person, such as an illegal stowaway, is present in the vehicle or container being scanned, the system creates only a silhouette with no facial or body detail. The system cannot be used to identify an individual, or their race or age.

AS&E’s customers use the ZBV system within their security and enforcement protocols and under the same national and local laws that govern their overall missions.






ZBV with Tx-View Option

ZBV line accomodates the diverse needs of customers

Top selling cargo and vehicle screening system deployed in 65 countries

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