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How software helps detect contraband

OD Security makes Transmission X-Ray Full body scanners for correctional facilities and prisons, customs and occasionally diamond and gold mines. The scanners scan incoming and outgoing persons for contraband they carry on and/or in the body. The X-ray scanners create the best possible image for operators with minimal amounts of radiation (comparable to eating two bananas). Then the operator must assess the image looking for hidden commodities. The software for these scanners is the heart of the body scanner system for OD Security and is the important stable base with potential for differentiation.

In brief
More structure in the software

"Basically, every body scanner does the same thing: it is an X-Ray scanner that scans a person and generates a scan image," says Martin van der Kaap, Technical & QA Manager at OD Security. "We supply organizations that often want to use multiple scanners simultaneously or in conjunction with each other. The software must be reliable for the individual device as well as within a network of multiple scanners and scale easily." That was not the case with the older software versions.

The older version of the software (Delphi) had been developed ad hoc, creating a proliferation of code over the years. ICT Group has been working for OD Security for more than 10 years, initially mainly by developing in a way specifically requested by the client at the time. In order to deliver larger numbers of systems and be able to link them together, more structure had to be put into the software. That would make it easier to scale up, add new features, reduce testing time and improve security.

"For example, there is a daily, weekly and annual limit on the maximum radiation a person can receive during scans," van der Kaap explains. "If guards work at multiple locations of prison organizations, it is important that the devices are all connected to the same database. The body scanners can then communicate with each other in order to collectively keep scanning within security standards."

"We supply to organizations that often want to use multiple scanners simultaneously or in conjunction with each other. The software has to be reliable for the individual device as well as within a network of multiple scanners and scale easily."

More structure in the approach

"We work on challenging software for clients in all kinds of sectors. Important in this is the plan of action, to work in a structured and planned way. It makes us their 'trusted advisor', based on more than 40 years of experience" says Marco Boeve, Operations Manager at ICT Group. "We have been working with OD Security for about 10 years and more recently our project-based approach has also become important to them."

That project-based approach was lacking. "At OD Security, we were not used to requirements and specifications. More recently and during this particular project, we started working together much more project-based and we formalized and professionalized several things. That was important for us, otherwise the software would never have been developed as it is now," says Van der Kaap. Project-based collaboration was an important part of the new approach. ICT Group created a plan to manage the entire software development process. This made it easier to enter processes earlier and take on project management. It led to concrete questions and wishes from OD Security, which ICT Group could easily translate into a structured approach.

Software technical helped ICT Group switch from Delphi to C#. Moreover, a standard image was developed to make it easier to perform maintenance. OD Security benefited from this professionalization, both for the specific software and the whole approach and procedure to develop software.

Source: https://ict.eu/nl/case/betere-software-en-een-duidelijke-roadmap-voor-od-security/

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