Handheld wireless X-ray security scanner uses Broadcom's WICED technology

August 13, 2014

Toni_McConnel-August 13, 2014

The MINI Z handheld X-ray detection system from American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) 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. 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.

"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," said Joe Reiss, AS&E Vice President of Product Management.

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