A TICKET vending machine which can detect traces of explosives on the hands of users was demonstrated by Cubic Corp and GE Security at the American Public Transportation Association’s annual conference in Washington DC on March 7.

Built by Cubic, the ticket machine incorporates GE’s Itemiser FX fingertip trace detection analyser. This ’offers a critical layer of security that is compatible with normal transit operations’, according to Cubic’s Vice-President of Transit Technology Walt Bonneau.

A pilot installation is expected to begin imminently on the Baltimore metro, where MTA has also awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to install motion sensors and CCTV cameras. Cubic says the ticket machine is ready for commercial production to begin once the first order is received.

Cubic Corp, USAGE Security, USA