Canada Border Services Agency
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Innovation, Science and Technology

The CBSA uses the latest technology to help prevent contraband and dangerous goods from entering Canada by marine trade and other modes of transportation. The use of these technologies enables CBSA officers to conduct effective, non-intrusive inspections and allows them to focus on high-risk goods.

The CBSA continues to explore the use of new state-of-the-art technology to maintain its commitment to be an innovative leader in border management.

X-ray machine

Radiation Detection Equipment

To reduce the risk of dangerous and illicit materials being smuggled into Canada.

X-ray systems
This includes baggage, mobile and roll-in cargo systems.

Mobile Vehicle and Cargo Inspection Systems (VACISTM)
A gamma-ray scanning system used to detect contraband, weapons and other dangerous goods in marine containers, rail cars or trucks. A mobile VACISTM unit scans a container
A gamma-ray scanning system used to scan pallets and large pieces of freight at marine container examination facilities. Pallet VACISTM unit used for scanning cargo
Contraband Outfitted Mobile Examination Trucks (COMET)
Used to transport CBSA officers and contraband detection equipment, allowing for efficient and timely inspections.

Ion mobility spectrometry technology systems and hand-held systems
Used for identifying trace amounts of narcotics residue.
ION Scan detection equipment

Remote Operated Vehicles (ROV)
Used for under-vessel detection in marine operations.
Remotely Operated Vehicle used for underwater searches

Specimen isolation toilets
Used for the recovery of banned substances at airports, cruise ship terminals and at border crossings.

Flexible videoprobes
Used to search for undeclared currency and contraband.

Density meters
Used at major border and marine ports to determine the density of a surface or object. The meters can discover hidden walls and help the CBSA detect contraband.
density checking tool

Fibre scopes
Used at major border and marine ports to view areas that are not visible to the naked eye due to obstructions.
Fibre Scope

Submersible cameras
Used at marine ports and major commercial border crossings to inspect ships, containers and tractor-trailers.

Laser range finders
Used to measure the inside of commercial containers.

Mirror kits
Used to inspect the undercarriage of vehicles and other hard-to-reach areas.