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Screening For Weapons

Some financial institutions are using the same tools airports use to guard against the danger of criminal entry: they're installing weapons detectors and other security devices at entrances.

Isotec Inc., a company that makes and markets security portals and entrances, says many banking offices are looking at what the company calls "transparent" systems - systems design to be unobtrusive and nonthreatening to customers. Many of these systems now have metal detectors or weapon sensors that scan incomers, take pictures or videos when a possible weapon carrier goes through, and then notify security personnel so that they can evaluate the situation and take action before that person knows what is occurring. Among the clients listed on its web site are two major banks and three credit unions.

Copyright © 2003 Bankers' Hotline. Originally appeared in Bankers' Hotline, Vol. 13, No. 6, 8/03

First published on 08/01/2003

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