Using a CO2 Analyser for Stowaway Detection

Using a CO2 Analyser for Stowaway Detection

Recently the news continues to report on stories of immigrants using more and more extreme methods to gain entry into the UK.  For companies throughout the country involved in cross border consignments, stowaways can present costly problems.

In addition to safety and security issues posed by stowaways, drivers are now faced with fines of £2000* for each stowaway carried into the country, as well as potential fines for the vehicle’s owner. Companies have an ongoing need for a portable, quick and effective way to detect unwanted travellers inside containers or any other confined space.

UK firm Geotech has created its G150 Stowseek CO2 analyser to specifically measure carbon dioxide in the atmosphere up to 10,000ppm (parts per million).  By sampling CO2 levels within shipping containers and other susceptible spaces, drivers have a straightforward and quick tool to alert them of a potential stowaway within their vehicle.  If a person is hiding inside a vehicle or container, CO2 levels will be much higher.  The person’s breathing will be picked up and the analyser will enable drivers to take quick and decisive action.

Geotech’s Stowseek has been developed to incorporate the latest technology, providing the user with a fast, simple-to-use, accurate and robust field kit, complete with a rechargeable battery life of 12 hours.  The one-meter long probe attached to the Stowseek allows drivers to check confined spaces without alerting anyone inside.  CO2 levels can be read in less than 20 seconds in shipping containers, cabs, trailers and any other spaces where stowaways could hide.

Gem Scientific distributes the Geotech G150 Stowseek CO2 Analyser in the UK
* Data from: https://www.gov.uk/secure-your-vehicle-to-help-stop-illegal-immigration

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