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Specific NIST Projects in Support of the NIJ Concealed Weapon Detection and Imaging Program



Nicholas G. Paulter Jr.


The Electricity Division of the National Institute of Standards and Technology is developing revised performance standards for hand-held (HH) and walk-through (WT) metal weapon detectors, test procedures and systems for these detectors, and a detection/imaging system for finding concealed weapons. The revised standards will replace the existing National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standards for HH and WT devices and will include detection performance specifications as well as system specifications (environmental conditions, mechanical strength and safety, response reproducibility and repeatability, quality assurance, test reporting, etc.). These system requirements were obtained from an advisory council for the NIJ, the Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Advisory Council. Reproducible and repeatable test procedures and appropriate measurement systems will be developed for evaluating HH and WT detection performance. A guide to the technology and application of non-eddy-current-based detection/imaging methods (such as acoustic, passive millimeter-wave and microwave, active millimeter-wave and terahertz-wave, x-ray, etc.) will be developed. The Electricity Division is also researching the development of a high-frequency/high-speed (300 GHz to 1 THz) pulse-illuminated, stand-off, video-rate, concealed weapon/contraband imaging system.
Proceedings Title
Proc. Conf. on Enforcement and Security Technologies
Conference Dates
November 3-5, 1998
Conference Location
Boston, MA
Conference Title
SPIE (Soc. of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers)


antenna-coupled microbolometer, concealed weapon imaging, Law Enforcement and Corrections, Technology Advisory Council, law enforcement


Paulter, N. (1998), Specific NIST Projects in Support of the NIJ Concealed Weapon Detection and Imaging Program, Proc. Conf. on Enforcement and Security Technologies, Boston, MA, [online], (Accessed April 24, 2024)
Created November 1, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017