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Access Control & Intelligent Vehicle Screening (UVIS)

What you Need to Know Before Acquiring an Automatic Inspection System (UVIS)

When securing a sensitive facility against unwanted threats, there are several challenges that need to be addressed. Whether you are trying to protect an embassy, bank, power plant, data center, military base or airport, no perimeter is tightly secure until all of the people and vehicles entering are screened in the right manner.

 While it’s clear that old-school methods like a guard with a mirror are outdated and present many time-consuming challenges, there are technological solutions today that can help us solve this. One of them is an under-vehicle automatic scanner for any threat that is hidden under the vehicle.

These kinds of scanners usually combine both hardware and software, which are made up of high-resolution cameras. They can produce an image of the undercarriage and assist the on-site personnel (automatically or not) while providing a more accessible way to look for illicit materials, bombs, drug smuggling, data theft and more.

Solutions Timeline

The evolution of under-vehicle threat detection started with manual inspection, which is still a common method used by many sensitive facilities today. The first technological solutions brought to the world in the 80s were called UVIS (under-vehicle inspection systems), which were handheld devices helping the guard or operator to get a proper image of the undercarriage. While this was of great help at the time, it is understood that the human eye has its constraints in being able to see very small objects or modifications.

The next stage consisted of automated under-vehicle inspection systems (AUVIS), which usually provided a black and white, low-resolution image below after a vehicle stops above a device. This evolved into automatic recording of these images and comparison abilities (but only if a vehicle has been scanned before), also called automated under-vehicle surveillance systems (AUVSS). 

The most recent developments include providing the ability of intelligent vehicle screening to automatically detect any threat or anomaly on the first pass, within seconds and with no need for image comparison with the vehicle before. Whether a bus, truck or private vehicle, artificial intelligence deep learning algorithms know how to divide a vehicle into its different parts and understand if there is a difference, addition or anomaly versus the original, non-modified vehicle.

Under-Vehicle Inspection Evolution

Intelligent Vehicle Screening

Use Cases for Automatic Inspection Systems

It is very important that once you make a purchasing decision for your organisation, or if you are a security integrator company, that you buy a scanner that has the right hardware specs and durability while also possessing actual automatic technological ability to detect these kinds of threats on the first pass.

What are the Main Things to Look out for?

      Durable hardware that has an IP54 or IP68 rating and can work in the toughest weather conditions like snow or extreme humidity

      High-resolution cameras that can provide a crisp and colorful image which the software can zoom in to

      An option to compare vehicles if they have driven over the system more than once to check for any differences. This can be done using a license plate detector, or from a “Vehicle Unique ID,” which is created by the system

      An ability to detect any threats or illicit materials automatically and on the first pass, even without having seen the vehicle ever before


When planning the access points to your facility, make sure you take into account technological solutions which can save lives, reduce costs and waiting times, and ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Whether mobile or stationary, UVeye offers systems that can be installed anywhere, anytime, rain or shine, and provide a layer of data security, screening any vehicle entering or leaving the facility. Get in touch today for more details.