American Science & Engineering, a company based in Billerica, Massachusetts,
has sold U.S. and foreign government agencies more than 500 backscatter
x-ray scanners mounted in vans that can be driven past neighboring vehicles
to see their contents, Joe Reiss, a vice president of marketing at the
company told me in an interview. While the biggest buyer of AS&E's machines
over the last seven years has been the Department of Defense operations in
Afghanistan and Iraq, Reiss says law enforcement agencies have also deployed
the vans to search for vehicle-based bombs in the U.S.
"This product is now the largest selling cargo and vehicle inspection system
ever," says Reiss.