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Two other detectors, the GE Shoe Scanner and the SafeView Scout millimeter wave portal, were also on display, although they're not yet commercially available. Passengers can leave their shoes on when passing through the Shoe Scanner, speeding up their move through the checkpoint.
The SafeView Scout device, meanwhile, can detect hidden weapons and other threatening devices within two to three seconds. Both devices are still being tested and refined.
A display at the center also showed other potential uses for the puffer and other devices. In a setting that resembled a London Underground station, puffers would check passengers as they purchased tickets at vending machines, and when they used tickets at the entry gates.
One week ago, Siemens AG and GE agreed to cooperate in developing technology to protect ocean-going cargo containers from tampering. Siemens Financial Services took a minority stake in CommerceGuard AB, a subsidiary of GE's security business. The unit is producing a device that attaches inside a container and registers tampering.
Readers record the container's status in a database accessible worldwide by shippers, authorized importers and government officials.