DOHA: The Ministry of Interior has launched a new vehicle equipped with advanced systems for intelligent inspection at Hamad International Airport to raise the security level at the Airport.
The vehicle will be used by the Airport Security Department and Airport Passport Department in collaboration with Internal Security Force (Lekhwiya).
The systems in the vehicle can check for and identify contraband weapons, drugs and explosives, which would help enhance the efficiency of security operations without affecting the movement of passengers at the airport.
The launch ceremony was attended by Brigadier Essa Arrar Al Rumaihi, Director of Airport Security Department, Lt-Colonel Muhammad Rashid Al Mazroui, Director of the Airport Passports Department, Captain Engineer Ali Hasan Al Rashid, Head of the Technical Security Section of Lekhwiya, and department officials and security officers from Oman.
Brigadier Essa Arrar Al Rumaihi said that the vehicle carried a set of electronic systems for screening travellers and travel documents, boarding passes and goods carried by travellers. It can also check fingerprints and detect whether documents are original or fake. He said the vehicle was the first of its kind in the GCC region.
Lt-Colonel Muhammad Rashid Al Mazroui said instruments on the vehicle could detect narcotics and explosives even in small quantities, even if they were hidden in the body of a traveller. The devices produce high-quality images that can be sent to the airport security control room within seconds. He added that the vehicle had been launched for trial and more such vehicles would be launched soon.
Captain Engineer Ali Hasan Al Rashid said that smart cameras in the vehicle can capture 360-degree panoramic photos. He added that the vehicle had been co-produced by the Ministry of Interior and Lekhwiya. The Ministry holds the patent for the car.