WiFi technology from Broadcom has been selected by American Science and Engineering (AS&E) as the connectivity component for its Z Backscatter imaging system. Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) provides OEMs with a complete simplified implementation of wireless connectivity.
The MINI Z handheld X-ray detection system is a portable, single-sided imaging system that can be used to scan objects in hard-to-reach areas such as unattended bags, backpacks, or packages in a subway or bus with no set up required. Using AS&E's Z Backscatter technology, the system can detect and highlight organic materials, such as plastic guns, ceramic knives, explosives, and drugs, which transmission X-ray systems can miss. With Z Backscatter technology and Broadcom's WICED WiFi module, the system provides a real-time, easy-to-interpret image of its target on a tablet screen.
"The MINI Z system represents an entirely new class of product for the detection industry, an effective, lightweight scanner that - for the first time - enables security, customs, and public safety officials to quickly determine if threats or contraband are present in hard-to-reach environments, such as the interior of cars, aircraft and watercraft," said Joe Reiss, Vice President of Product Management, AS&E. "Broadcom's WICED technology provided the complete development platform we required to get to market quickly with this ground-breaking, innovative new product."
"As the IoT ecosystem continues to evolve, we are seeing rapid adoption of our turnkey WICED technology in a number of emerging market segments including connected appliances, smart energy systems and cloud-based health and home management services," said Brian Bedrosian, Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity, Broadcom. "Broadcom's implementation into the MINI Z demonstrates the wide range of applications enabled by the WICED platform."