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New York latest city to test body-heat scanning technology New York latest city to test body-heat scanning technology
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The Qinetiq SPO-NX could change the conversation behind public safety and government surveillance The Qinetiq SPO-NX could change the conversation behind public safety and government surveillance
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<em>Help report on developments in transit security, and lingering questions of privacy. Contribute via EDIT STORY or offer suggestions through TALK. </em> <em>Help report on developments in transit security, and lingering questions of privacy. Contribute via EDIT STORY or offer suggestions through TALK. </em>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">New York's Penn Station will be the testing ground for the <a href="https://www.qinetiq.com/en-gb/what-we-do/c4isr/stand-off-threat-detection">QinetiQ SPO-NX</a>, a device that scans</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> pedestrians for objects hidden underneath their clothing. What looks like a camera perched on a tripod could detect</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> potential suicide bomb vests and large quantities of drugs. </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">New York's Penn Station will be the testing ground for the <a href="https://www.qinetiq.com/en-gb/what-we-do/c4isr/stand-off-threat-detection">QinetiQ SPO-NX</a>, a device that scans</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> pedestrians for objects hidden underneath their clothing. What looks like a camera perched on a tripod could detect</span><span style="font-weight: 400;"> potential suicide bomb vests and large quantities of drugs. </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has <a href="https://nypost.com/2017/12/17/schumer-tsa-needs-to-speed-up-use-of-bomb-detection-units/">championed the nascent technology</a> as a promising method to prevent terrorist attacks <em>(NY Post).</em> The <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-newyork-incident/subway-bomber-wounds-self-three-victims-in-new-york-idUKKBN1E51EI">failed suicide bombing</a> in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 2017 is used as an example of an attack that could have been thwarted if the Qinetiq had been available.  </span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer has <a href="https://nypost.com/2017/12/17/schumer-tsa-needs-to-speed-up-use-of-bomb-detection-units/">championed the nascent technology</a> as a promising method to prevent terrorist attacks <em>(NY Post).</em> The <a href="https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-newyork-incident/subway-bomber-wounds-self-three-victims-in-new-york-idUKKBN1E51EI">failed suicide bombing</a> in New York’s Port Authority Bus Terminal on December 2017 is used as an example of an attack that could have been thwarted if the Qinetiq had been available.  </span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">By scanning for body heat, and objects that impede its emission, the device avoids the need for p</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">hysical searches, as illustrated in a YouTube video from<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH7xHERWmN8"> QinetiQ’s Australian chapter. </a></span> <span style="font-weight: 400;">By scanning for body heat, and objects that impede its emission, the device avoids the need for p</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">hysical searches, as illustrated in a YouTube video from<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH7xHERWmN8"> QinetiQ’s Australian chapter. </a></span>
<span style="font-weight: 400;">The concept of passively scanning could alter the politics behind security and surveillance in the United States. While the UK has <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2016/11/23/13718768/uk-surveillance-laws-explained-investigatory-powers-bill">largely accepted unchecked government surveillance</a> in public areas, many citizens in the United States are protective of individual privacy and liberty in the same context. The </span>portability and un-intrusive nature of the Qinetiq device could make body scans nearly inescapable in major transit hubs <span style="font-weight: 400;">The concept of passively scanning could alter the politics behind security and surveillance in the United States. While the UK has <a href="https://www.theverge.com/2016/11/23/13718768/uk-surveillance-laws-explained-investigatory-powers-bill">largely accepted unchecked government surveillance</a> in public areas, many citizens in the United States are protective of individual privacy and liberty in the same context. The </span>portability and un-intrusive nature of the Qinetiq device could make body scans nearly inescapable in major transit hubs
<span style="font-weight: 400;">QinetiQ is closely affiliated with the British government. The defense manufacturer was actually partly owned by the <a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/as-the-coalition-government-moves-to-create-new-public-private-partnerships-and-sell-off-government-assets-the-qinetiq-privatization-of-2006-is-a-case-study-in-how-not-to-do-things-%E2%80%98transpare/">UK Ministry of Defence until it completely privatized in 2009</a> <em>(London School of Economics).  </em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">It has since been contracted by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its technology implemented in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York City.</span><i></i> <span style="font-weight: 400;">QinetiQ is closely affiliated with the British government. The defense manufacturer was actually partly owned by the <a href="http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/as-the-coalition-government-moves-to-create-new-public-private-partnerships-and-sell-off-government-assets-the-qinetiq-privatization-of-2006-is-a-case-study-in-how-not-to-do-things-%E2%80%98transpare/">UK Ministry of Defence until it completely privatized in 2009</a> <em>(London School of Economics).  </em></span><span style="font-weight: 400;">It has since been contracted by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA), with its technology implemented in Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and New York City.</span><i></i>
<em>Help report on developments in transit security, and lingering questions of privacy. Contribute via EDIT STORY or offer suggestions through TALK. </em> <em>Help report on developments in transit security, and lingering questions of privacy. Contribute via EDIT STORY or offer suggestions through TALK. </em>
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