Handheld Mirror vs Under Vehicle Inspection Systems

Top 4 Reasons Why Under Vehicle Mirror Inspections Are Insufficient for Security

When perimeter security is a concern, you want to cover all of your options. Using a handheld mirror to conduct under vehicle inspections is among the least expensive and oldest technologies. However, a mirror’s options are limited and provide an array of risks for security personnel.

A handheld mirror is not a security professional’s only option and is actually quite insufficient. Why rely solely on one set of eyes and a mirror when technology is available to keep your perimeter safer?

Handheld Mirror vs UVIS

1. Mirrors require lengthy exposure to the vehicle.

In order to conduct a mirror inspection, security personnel are not only personally exposed to a potential threat – they are exposed to the threat for far too long. Whether searching for border crossing contraband, tracking devices or explosives, the safety of security personnel should also be a priority.

When security is an issue, take all precautions with remote view technology. LowCam® Under Vehicle Inspection Systems (UVIS) offer safe remote view capabilities that keep security personnel out of the elements and positioned at a safe standoff location.

2. Mirror inspections take approximately 80% more time than a vehicle scan.

For a mirror search to be thorough, it can take several minutes per vehicle. This form of inspection is both time consuming and labor intensive to personnel.

A security professional’s goal is to detect and identify more in less time to increase productivity. The LowCam will keep traffic flowing and improve perimeter security without effecting day-to-day operations. With playback review and zooming features, you can see and identify foreign objects in a more efficient manner.

3. Mirrors only show 30-40% view of the undercarriage.

Security threats come in all different sizes and shapes and can be hidden in what seems to be undetectable places. Mirrors can only reflect where they can reach. Foreign objects are sometimes hidden inside different areas of a vehicle where mirrors simply can’t go.

LowCam provides 100% undercarriage view with enhanced sensor capabilities. With LowCam’s 3D composite imaging that includes a playback review and zooming, you can see up and around a vehicle’s undercarriage. With the added magnetic and LEDDAR sensors, you can detect what can’t be seen.

4. Mirrors offer no data collection or reporting.

The success of a mirror search relies solely on the security personnel doing the search. Other than taking the time to manually write or type a license plate number or any other special note for each vehicle, there is no way to report or record a mirror inspection.

LowCam provides historical archives and reporting. With the LowCam’s License Plate Recognition (LPR) sensors, a vehicle is automatically captured and placed in a historical archive. This archive allows security personnel to have a side-by-side comparison of a returning vehicle’s undercarriage so any changes can be detected.

A threat can be deterred before it is even enters your premises by conducting thorough under vehicle inspections. Upgrading from a mirror inspection to an advanced 3D composite imaging inspection provides lower risks and higher productivity.

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