The SSTC Concept

Over the past few years, the increasing threat of terrorism has forced Governing bodies around the world to set up stringent regulations on the way security personnel should be trained and tested.

These new regulations have meant many organisations no longer have the capabilities to provide in house training to their employees and require specialist help from security training companies.

While many security trainers have sufficient security  knowledge to provide the training, many lack the technologies and marketing prowess required to take advantage of these extra requirements.

The SSTC franchise has been developed by Renful Premier Technologies in order to develop a worldwide framework for superior security training.

It is designed to enable security trainers to take advantage of the expertise, know-how and technology Renful has developed since its inception in 1994 so that they can provide a multi level security training service to their clients and increase their business opportunities.

Following the Renful Concept

All SSTC’s are able to follow Renful’s concept of providing training, testing and certification products and services that meet the needs of security screeners throughout their job cycle.

The concept is built on the belief that screener’s require a high level of initial training and testing before they are ready for their job.

For example, Pre-M enables security managers to analyse whether a candidate has the correct aptitudes to become a successful security screener while the use of our security X-ray simulator; Simfox together with our range of Simulants enable new personnel to familiarise themselves with the look, texture, functionality and x-ray signature of explosives.

At Renful, we also believe that security training should be pro-active rather than re-active and have therefore developed products and services that enable security personnel to get regular training on current and emerging threats.

For example, our Infogence publication provides monthly reports on emerging terrorism trends that can be used to update security personnel and build replica IEDs for Red Team Testing that are relevant to the current threat.  These threats are also placed into Simfox; which should be used on a monthly basis to improve the detection skills of x-ray screeners.

As well as providing services that meet every training and testing requirement of an x-ray screener, Renful provide a range of security courses, accredited in partnership with Middlesex University.

The courses last 3 days; are taught by experts and cover subjects such as Profiling, Document Verification, Terrorism Awareness, and more. Participants are then able to continue their studies via e-learning before enrolling at Middlesex University where they can earn academic qualifications designed to improve their earning potential and job prospects.

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What does it take to become a successful x-ray screener?

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The evolving threat and innovation of terrorism over the last 30 years has completely changed the security screening landscape.   It was once the case that all an x-ray screener needed to concern themselves with was the detection of guns and knives.

Now, all types of items have to be considered as threats as they may be concealing an explosive device. Whether it is a pair of shoes, a bottle of liquid, a tennis ball filled with TATP explosive or a pair of underpants; terrorists will try any possible means to get past security,

The easiest way to identify a concealed IED is through the use of an explosive trace detector. However, due to time constraints, security screeners are unable to use these machines on every single item that passes through the security checkpoint.

X-ray machines are therefore still the most common way of screening items that pass through security checkpoints. Although many x-ray machines are configured to automatically identify explosives, they cannot be relied on at 100%. They still lean heavily on the ability of the x-ray screener to identify threats.

For this reason, we have compiled a list of the key capabilities required to identify well concealed threats and become a successful screener.

Personality

Security x-ray screening is a monotonous task that requires deep concentration for as much as 30 minutes.

On busy security checkpoints, screeners only have a few seconds to identify each bag. They must therefore find the right balance between analysis and speed.

The perfect screener needs to have confidence in their ability to detect a threat. Not enough confidence and the screener will send too many items for search or deliberate too long on a bag, creating queues and annoyed passengers.

Attention to Details

If an IED is well concealed within an item, the item may only have small anomalies. In a packed bag these small differences can be almost impossible to detect.

The likelihood that a screener comes into contact with a concealed IED is very low and this only increases the level of attention to details that is required.

It means a screener must treat each bag that goes through the x-ray machine with the same high level of attention. Something that after 20 minutes of screening is very hard to maintain.

Visual Dexterity

An x-ray machine generally only produces two x-ray angles of each bag that passes through it. Items will therefore not always be at the optimum angle for x-ray screeners to identify.

Screeners must possess some visual dexterity in order for them to virtually rotate the items in their mind and identify them correctly.

Threat Knowledge

Without knowing what a threat looks like, it’s impossible to identify it. When it’s an IED that’s been concealed in another item, it’s even more difficult.

Given the evolving nature of threats, screeners need to be given continuous training and testing to ensure they can identify them.

Experience

Experience is not something you can get overnight but if you work at it, you can get it quicker. The use of realistic simulators like Simfox can help accelerate the learning process.

Getting experience isn’t always about spending days on end in front of an x-ray simulator. In this case quality is far better than quantity. It’s all about getting focused training that improves the weaknesses of each individual screener.

Knowing your weaknesses helps and with Simfox; trainers are able to identify it quickly through an easy to use statistical interface. The information can then be used to create training that will help the screener improve on their weakness.

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Simfox Features – Quick Overview

Simfox X-Ray Simulation Software offers a number of features that enable instructors to provide challenging and realistic x-ray machine simulation training and testing to their x-ray screeners.

Huge Image Database

Simfox offers image databases for Rapiscan, Heimann, L3 and Gilardoni x-ray machines.

The system includes over 3000 item images of which 1000 are of Firearms, IEDs, Explosives and Knives.

The added ability to configure which items are threats, and which are not, ensures users are able to use a train their students to the exact regulations they will encounter on the job.

Simfox is also available with 2000 full bag images already configured into well structured training and testing session plans.

A large database of items helps security screeners get experience of a wide variety of both threats and everyday items.

Add to the Database

Simfox offers users the ability to create an almost unlimited number of bags ready to be taken as part of x-ray simulation training and testing.

Through the Bag Creator, users can build a bag from scratch, taking items from the database and virtually packing them into the system’s database of empty bags.

All created bags are permanently saved on the Simfox database and can be edited to create a completely new bag.

Simfox also offers an IED Creator that allows users to create IEDs and conceal them within other innocent objects thus ensuring screeners are getting a continuous stream of new threats to analyse and detect.

The ability to build new bags and IEDs ensures x-ray screeners are not being trained over and over on the same bags and threats and are getting the customised training they require

Customise Session Scoring

Simfox delivers a complex yet easy to use scoring system that can be adjusted if required to suit the skill level and experience of the x-ray operator.

The highly sophisticated scoring system is layered to avoid irregularities and provides scoring for all of the following factors and more:

  • Correct identification of each and every threat or search area in the bag.
  • Correct location of the position of each and every threat or search area in the bag.
  • Correct naming of each and every threat in the bag or reason for search.
  • Time taken for threat identification.

 A flexible scoring system ensures trainers can test screeners on the capabilities required at each stage of screener training.

The Simulator

Simfox offers single and dual view x-ray simulators that provide image enhancements and zoom functions through an on screen replica of the xray machine’s control panel.

The security x-ray simulators provide large, high quality images that create an unparallel level of realism for screeners taking their training or testing.

The realism provided by Simfox’ simulator ensures there is no knowledge gap when screeners move from the training room to the operation.

Review X-Ray Simulator Sessions

After each x-ray simulator session, the screener is able to review each and every bag they have just seen as well as any scoring penalties they have incurred. They are also able to isolate specific items within bags, view their x-ray image and photograph.

The ability to review a session ensures screeners can learn from their mistakes and get a better understanding of what is expected of them.

Analyse Screener Performance

Simfox Net contains a detailed statistical module which analyses the performance of both individuals and groups on a number of criteria including:

  • Threat Recognition
  • Speed of Detection
  • Detection Ability

Trainers can use the statistics to design specific training sessions on the x-ray simulator that will enable them to provide their x-ray operators with the correct level of training.

Contact us for more information about Simfox – Security X-Ray Simulation Software.

Dedicated Simfox Website has been updated

Our security xray simulation software; Simfox has a new dedicated website that gives you an in depth guide to all its  features and flexible license options.

Here’s a few bullet points to get you introduced to our security x-ray simulation software:

  • Simfox provides x-ray simulation training and testing for Smiths-Heimann, Rapiscan, Gilardoni & L3 single view and dual view x-ray machines.
  • Simfox delivers machine specific x-ray simulators that use real images and includes an on screen replica of the of the x-ray machine’s dashboard that offers the same image enhancements and zoom functions the operator will use during operation.
  • Simfox is available through Local & Wide Area Networks as well as via the internet.
  • Simfox can be customised to meet the requirements of all applications incllluding Airports, Cargo / Mail, Parliaments, Prisons, Secure Hospitals and other high security establishments.
  • Simfox allows trainers to create customised reports for multiple students in just a few clicks of the mouse.
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Simfox Security Xray Simulator Website

That’s just a few of the features Simfox provides security x-ray trainers and administrators. Why not click here to visit our dedicated Simfox – Security Xray Simulator website for more information