As previously reported, the use of “Videray” mobile mini scanners allowed Ukrainian border guards to detect cigarette smuggling on the border with Romania: over 1200 packs of tobacco were hidden in the spare wheels of cars.
Today, law enforcement officers demonstrate how they use the ‘Videray’ scanners and share details about their practical use for non-intrusive inspection of various types of vehicles, luggage, packages, and personal belongings. The device is capable of detecting both organic and inorganic materials that may be hidden unintentionally or on purpose.
The handheld backscatter X-ray scanners allow law enforcers to perform control procedures faster and more efficiently. As part of the “EU Support in Strengthening Integrated Border Management in Ukraine” (EU4IBM-Resilience), 32 Videray scanners, worth EUR 1.12 mln, were procured and delivered for the State Border Service of Ukraine this year. Additionally, EU4IBM-Resilience Project trained the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine officers on the use of mobile mini-scanners for the inspection of light vehicles in order to prevent smuggling of illicit objects, including small arms and drugs.
Background information: The project “EU Support to Strengthening Integrated Border Management in Ukraine – Resilience (EU4IBM-Resilience)” is funded by the European Union, and implemented by the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. The project aims at building the resilience of the Ukrainian border management agencies during wartime, as well as at supporting further reforms to approximate the border management system of Ukraine to the EU standards in line with the Integrated Border Management Strategy of Ukraine. The project runs from December 2022 until May 2024.