Development of explosives detection technology to automatically detect explosive substances adhering to carry-on luggage

Tokyo, September 25, 2013 – Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501, "Hitachi") has developed explosives detection technology to automatically inspect for explosive substances adhering to luggage to strengthen security in public facilities such as airports. As a result of this technology, inspection of carry-on luggage which previously took time as it required an inspector to wipe the luggage can be carried out in a minimum of approximately five seconds. By combining this explosive detection equipment with the conventionally installed X-ray inspection equipment, it will be possible to successively conduct inspection for both dangerous items as well as explosive substances without slowing down the flow of visitors to important facilities. This development was conducted under the “R&D Program for Implementation of Anti-Crime and Anti-Terrorism Technologies for a Safe and Secure Society” in the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Funds for integrated promotion of social system reform and research and development.