Rapiscan Systems, a leading global supplier of security inspection systems, today announced that it has been selected by the Azerbaijan Government to provide the security screening equipment for the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The Rapiscan 620XR baggage inspection and Metor 6M metal detector have been selected in order to screen all of the visitors attending the event. The Eurovision Song Contest, which is viewed by an estimated 125 million viewers worldwide, will take place in Baku, Azerbaijan where the two Semi-Finals will take place on 22nd and 24th of May and the Final on the 26th of May, 2012.
The 620XR, an x-ray screening solution for checkpoints, provides outstanding threat detection and a low total cost of ownership. Used predominantly for the screening of small to medium parcels and baggage, the 620XR's innovative design allows for bi-directional operation make it easy to operate. Built on a standardised platform that makes it easy to install and maintain, the 620XR comes with features such as dual-energy detection, a streamlined, ergonomic design, and Rapiscan's feature-rich OS600 system software.
In addition to the 620XR X-Ray machines the authorities have also selected the Metor 28 handheld metal detector and theMetor 6M, a multi-purpose, multi-zone walk-through metal detector that is used primarily for weapons detection and has automated sensitivity and floor sensitivity functions to make the calibration process easier, eliminating the time consuming trial and error method.
In total, more than 150 systems will be in operation at the Baku Crystal Hall to help ensure the safety of up to 16,000 people that will be able to attend each of the three Eurovision Song Contest live shows in May. Rapiscan Systems were chosen to provide the equipment due to its extensive experience of providing reliable and effective x-ray and security screening equipment to large scale, international events.
Mr. David Kent, Vice President Sales EMEA, Rapiscan Systems, commented: "When securing a global event such as the Eurovision Song Contest, it is vital that the organisers are able to screen the visitors of the event for prohibited items efficiently and effectively, minimising the risk to all attendees. This deployment of our equipment is another testament of our ability to secure large scale events using our renowned screening solutions and we are looking forward to working in partnership with the contest organisers so that the thousands of visitors, and viewing audience, can safely enjoy this exciting competition."
About Rapiscan Systems
Rapiscan Systems, a division of OSI Systems, Inc. is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging, and advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis. The company's products are sold into four market segments; Baggage and Parcel Inspection, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, Hold Baggage Screening and People Screening. The company has an installed base globally of more than 70,000 security and inspection systems. The Rapiscan Systems product line is manufactured at four locations and supported by a global support service network. As the world's leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state of the art products, solutions and services that meet our customers' most demanding threat detection needs - while improving their operational efficiency.