“A “world-first” 3D x-ray machine will help detect biosecurity risks in air cargo, passengers and mail at Melbourne International Airport starting this week.
Agriculture minister David Littleproud said a 12-month trial of the Rapiscan RTT 110 x-ray unit would begin this week.
“We’re seeing more people, mail and cargo come through our borders,” he said.
“That means more risk to Aussie farmers and we’ve got to stay on top of it. We need to make sure they’re not bringing in pests or items carrying pests, which could destroy our farm sector.”
Mr Littleproud said Australia was a world leader in biosecurity.
“We always strive to be better. New technology like this X-ray unit is an important part of keeping pests out,” he said.
“This world-first trial with Biosecurity NZ will change the way we work for the better.”
X-ray images from Melbourne and Auckland airports will be combined into an image library then used to create an algorithm that can instantly identify high-risk items.
The algorithm will be trialled with fruit for six months, then on vegetables, seeds and meat.
Biosecurity screening provides critical protection for Australia’s $60bn agricultural industries and the health of our communities, environment and the national economy.”
Article Credit of The Daily Cargo News – 15th November 2018