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Using a Density Meter for Contraband Detection

The Buster K910B Density Meter is one contraband detector Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) is most proud of. This is contraband detector assists law enforcement agencies doing their job of locating and confiscating contraband items such as illegal drugs and other substances, weapons, cash, or radioactive materials.

This is how it basically works: The Buster K910B Density Meter, also known as “The Buster,” uses a low intensity gamma radiation emitter and scintillation detector. This is able to quickly scan concealments through a variety of materials such as wood, metal or reinforced plastics. It identifies hidden contraband items, without externally damaging the surfaces or the items that are being detected. This is something that millimeter wave, radio wave, ultra-violet or microwave detector tools cannot do or do as easily and reliably.

The Buster is normally used to scan vehicles suspected of carrying forbidden, illegal, or stolen items. It also can be used elsewhere such as in buildings and residences as well as inspecting shipping containers.

Many people, especially the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and law enforcement agencies, have found the Buster to be one of the best tools available for the detection of contraband on the market today. In fact, most people who have used it view it as the “gold standard” of detection devices.

How did this great contraband detection tool come into being? CSECO’s founder Patrick Campbell founded the company in 1984. He was asked by the US Customs and Border Protection to invent a contraband detection device that wasn’t limited to detecting one particular item and would be able to locate a variety of materials hidden underneath different types of surfaces. So Campbell collaborated with the CBP to develop and design an early version of today’s world-renowned Buster K910B Density Meter.

The Buster displays pertinent and accurate visual and audible information to alert the law enforcement/Customs and Border Protection officers of the presence of contraband items. The contraband could be illegal substances, currency, weapons, and any other material. Then the interdiction officers will confiscate the materials so that they can be kept off the streets.

The addition to the Buster includes radiation detection with the Rad-Aware® technology. Rad-Aware® allows first responders to detect and locate the presence of abnormal quantities of radiation. In this way, interdiction officers would be able to establish a safe zone and keep other people out of harm’s way.

The Buster K910B Density Meter, equipped with Rad-Aware®, can locate the following types of contraband: illegal drugs, alcohol, cash, explosives and “dirty bombs”, cigarettes, anything radioactive, and anything that is kept in a concealed compartment.

The Buster is the trusted equipment among law enforcement agencies, interdiction officers as well as US Customs and Border Protection officers. These people know the effectiveness of the Buster to accurately locate possible contraband items. Without this tool, their job would be much more difficult.

Buster Contraband Detector – Technology You Can Trust for Contraband Detection

Buster Contraband Detector – Technology You Can Trust for Contraband DetectionThe Buster Contraband Detector, also known as Buster K910B Density Meter, is technology you can trust when your job is to keep illegal drugs, weapons, currency and other contraband off the streets. The Buster, designed with direct input from United States Customs and Border Protection agents in the 1980s, was the first product manufactured by Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO). Today, it is still sought-after by US governmental agencies, state and local police departments as well as some international customs and law enforcement agencies because it is durable and effective.

Even though there is other contraband detection equipment available, the Buster Contraband Detector is considered to be one of the best. The main reason the Buster is so well-thought of is that it uses different technology from the other density meters. Here are some ways it is better:

  • The Buster Contraband Detector uses low intensity gamma radiation along with scintillation detectors. This allows users to quickly scan vehicles, as well as homes, for contraband that is hidden. In fact, a user can obtain a positive result for contraband in less 5 minutes and a room in about 10 minutes.
  • Using this technology, which differs greatly from radio wave, ultra-violet wave, microwave or millimeter wave technology that can only scan through one type of surface, the Buster Contraband Detector can scan through metal, wood, reinforced plastic and material up to a depth of 6 inches. This means the inspectors will be able confirm the presence of contraband without having to dismantle the object being searched first, which is a large change from drug interdiction and contraband detection prior to the Buster being developed.
  • The Buster Contraband Detector provides two forms of alerts. There is an audible alert which is perfect for the times the Buster is being used with its telescoping stick. A hand-held display allows for visual alerts. Using the Buster, it is possible to pinpoint the location of contraband so it can be removed and kept out of the hands of would-be smugglers and drug dealers.
  • A ‘dirty bomb’ detonation is all too possible these days, but the Buster Contraband Detector comes with Rad-Aware® radiation detection technology. This enables first responders to assess the area and set up a safe perimeter in case of a radioactive release or ‘dirty bomb’ detonation taking place.

CSECO also manufactures other contraband detection equipment including besides the Buster K910B Density Meter. They also manufacture the FV-Series Fiberscope which enables users to peer inside small openings and dark recesses like a fuel tank or behind heating vents in vehicles, and the CT-30 Contraband Detection Kit which includes both pieces of equipment along with other tools that make detecting contraband possible.

Training is available for every piece of contraband detection equipment that CSECO sells. The training can be held at CSECO’s facility for free, or you may choose to pay for training at your facility. You may find demonstrations of the Buster Contraband Detector and other CSECO drug interdiction equipment at local law enforcement agency trade shows throughout the year.

To learn more about the Buster Contraband Detector or upcoming events, contact info@cseco.com or call 510-864-8010.

Choose CSECO’s Buster If You Want the Best Density Meter

Choose CSECO’s Buster If You Want the Best Density Meter
The Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) Buster K910B Density Meter is the piece of contraband detection equipment you will want to turn to if your job is to locate and confiscate illegal drugs, weapons, cash or radioactive materials. Many US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies, feel the Buster is the best density meter available on the market today. In fact, many have called the Buster K910B the ‘gold standard’ of density meters.

Patrick J. Campbell founded CSECO in 1984. He was asked by the government to design a single contraband detector that would be able to detect a number of types of contraband instead of being limited like other contraband detectors available at the time. Campbell worked with CBP agents to design the Buster. It is easy enough or anyone, even non-technical people, to use and is highly effective at detecting contraband.

How is the Buster better than its competition, when it was first designed and today? The Buster uses low-intensity gamma radiation (radioactive isotopes) to quickly scan any type of material. It works by detecting differences in the material’s density and alerts the user of any void it finds behind the surface. The Buster contraband detector produces both an audible signal as well as a visual signal displayed on the hand-held device whenever discrepancies are found.

Even though other companies manufacture similar detection devices, they have limitations the Buster does not. These companies use microwaves, millimeter waves, radio waves or ultra-violet waves when scanning. Use of this technology means the user is not able to scan through more than one type of material. The Buster, on the other hand, uses radioactive isotopes which can scan through wood, reinforced plastics and most types of metal with accurate results.

Another benefit of using the Buster is that provides scanning results quicker than most other contraband detectors. With the Buster contraband detector, law enforcement agencies are able to scan a room in less than 10 minutes and know if there is contraband in the room. Most vehicles can be scanned in about 5 minutes, even though scanning larger vehicles will take a little bit longer. When CBP agents and police officers use the optional telescoping handle, they are able to scan tall sides and tops, as well as the underside, of semi trucks.

The Buster K910B Density Meter can locate the following types of contraband:

  • Illegal narcotics and other drugs
  • Currency
  • Weapons
  • Cigarettes
  • Explosive components and ‘dirty bombs’
  • Anything that is hidden in a concealed compartment

Finally, the Buster has been equipped with Rad-Aware® technology as an added benefit. With this technology, CBP agents, local law enforcement and foreign Customs agents are able to detect radioactive materials. First responders to a site can detect possible radioactive materials and establish a safe zone to keep residents from harm’s way.

You can learn more about the Buster K910B Density Meter, as well as CSECO’s other contraband detectors, by calling 510-864-8010 or emailing info@cseco.com.