Youngsville Company Meets Demand For Camera Device
Posted February 27, 2003 10:54 a.m. EST
YOUNGSVILLE, N.C. — A security-conscious world is turning to a product invented in Franklin County. Law Enforcement Associates in Youngsville is rushing to meet demand for a camera system that searches underneath vehicles for explosives.
The Under Vehicle Inspection System (UVIS) looks like a portable speed bump, but it contains lights and cameras. When a vehicle passes over it, the device is able to take pictures of the the underside of vehicle to search for potentially dangerous devices.
Even though the device is six years ago, officials claim terrorist attacks and security needs have increased its demand. In January, UVIS earned a special safety designation that is opening the market in Europe.
"I think this gives people a sense of security. Also, it is a very big deterrent," said Paul Feldman, president of Law Enforcement Associates.
The UVIS device is already in use at CIA headquarters, the Pentagon, and the United Nations. There are more than 800 in use worldwide.