Broadcom Connectivity Powers Handheld Wireless X-ray Security Scanner MINI Z

By CIOReview | Wednesday, August 13, 2014
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IRVINE, CA: Broadcom, a semiconductor company offering wired and wireless communications, has announced that American Science and Engineering, has selected the Broadcom Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED™) Wi-Fi technology as the connectivity component for the world's first handheld Z Backscatter® imaging system.

Broadcom's WICED platform provides original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with a complete simplified implementation of wireless connectivity resulting in faster time-to-market for a broad range of Internet of Things (IoT) innovations.

AS&E's design and development efforts were supported by Inventek Systems, a full-service wireless solutions provider. Inventek's WICED enabled eS-WiFi (embedded serial Wi-Fi), modules and Wireless Interoperability Network (IWIN), software eases development and simplifies implementation of Wi-Fi connectivity in an array of products across a broad spectrum of end market segments.

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. It uses AS&E's signature Z Backscatter technology, an advanced X-ray imaging technology that detects and highlights the organic materials that transmission X-ray systems can miss, such as plastic guns, ceramic knives, explosives, and drugs. The device provides a real-time, easy-to-interpret image of its target on a tablet screen using Z Backscatter technology and Broadcom's WICED Wi-Fi module for a wireless connection to the scanner. The MINI Z is the first portable screen implementation based on the WICED platform.

"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. Broadcom's WICED technology provided the complete development platform we required to get to market quickly with this ground-breaking, innovative new product," says Joe Reiss, Vice President of Product Management, AS&E.

"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. Broadcom's implementation into the MINI Z demonstrates the wide range of applications enabled by the WICED platform," says Brian Bedrosian, Broadcom Senior Director, Wireless Connectivity.