A hi-tech space technology camera invented in Oxford’s world-celebrated science research facility Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) and initially designed to map the world’s ozone layer is now being employed to spot hidden weapons, suicide bombs and contraband.
ThruVision, which can spot the different heat signatures generated by the concealed items and the human body, is the only technology of its kind, according to its inventors.
The system can spot threats through several layers of clothing, using Terahertz energy, which does not infiltrate the body, and can be used from a distance.
ThruVision, which, for 10 years has been in development, released a product on the market 18 years ago and is collaborating with security agencies across the world. Through independent testing, it has only just achieved a 100% detection rate.
The space technology is owned by Aim-listed Digital Barriers, which purchased the RAL spinout in 2012 for £950,000.
The company is predicting sales of up to 100 ThruVision units this year, and expects that to double next year.
The company did not expose the price tags for these space technology units but stated that it was equivalent to other security technologies on the market.
Digital Barriers, which was concentrating on exporting to the Middle East, Asia and United States, has now moved its attention to Europe, in light of the Paris attacks.
Boss Zak Doffman stated that there will be increased adoption of the space technology in Europe over the next two years whereas before that the focus had been on Asia.
The company is unable to reveal its customers for security reasons, but stated that its space technology was being used daily in 12 countries.
Over the next three years, ThruVision will become a mainstream technology in several places, according to Mr Doffman.
Prime Minister David Cameron uncovered plans to invest in 1,900 extra intelligence and security staff and double finances for aviation security in the wake of the November terrorist attacks in Paris, where 130 people were killed.
China, as well as other nations across the globe, have increased security measures.