U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) is deploying a multi-energy portal inspection system for scanning commercial vehicles crossing the U.S. border. The agency is deploying a system that has a number of technologies, including x-ray, radiation detection and identification scanning technologies, such as RFID and optical scanning. 

The system is from a technology company called Leidos and was developed to help the agency boost accuracy and operational efficiency of its cargo scanning. The system collects data and applies artificial intelligence to aid border security officers in identifying border transports without agents physically inspecting every vehicle.

Leidos’ MEP system detects material discrimination and has an image resolution that enhances the ability to locate contraband, while providing a multi-view imaging capability with under-vehicle inspection and secure interoperability.

The system will first be installed at a border site in Brownsville, Texas.

The same system and technology has been used by the government before, including at the 2021 Presidential Inauguration for Joe Biden.