This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement n° 101020100


Laser-plasma based source 3D Tomography for cargo inspection

The project

Detection technologies have long played an important role in customs border checks, by making it easier to detect dutiable, prohibited and controlled goods and materials loaded in large volume cargo container.

But with movements of cargo and passengers projected to continue rising every year, there is no guarantee of an increase in resources for customs administrations. This has led customs administrations to conclude that improved technology may be one of the few ways open to them to maintain or increase the efficiency of border control. The project MULTISCAN propose to improve X-ray inspection system with the challenge to perform shorter screening inspection time and higher targets definition.



Within the field of security, Customs and Border inspection have not had breakthrough technological developments in the last 20 years, since the introduction of X-ray screening. The limits of these current technologies are accentuated by the increasing diversity and novelty in trafficking materials, tools and methods. These limitations combined with the growing needs of inspection and control call for a disruptive innovative solution.

The overall objective of the MULITSCAN 3D project is to develop a revolutionary static radiation generating technique capable of addressing customs challenges. The technological core of the project relies on the development of a disruptive new type of radiation production technique: the laser-plasma based source. This work will be conducted during 42 months by a consortium of 18 partners from 9 different countries. The proposed MULTISCAN 3D activities contribute to the expected achievements of the objectives and drivers of the Work Programme “Secure societies – Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens” by developing a breakthrough technology for border control applications. The aim of this roadmap will be to jointly improve performances, interoperability, safety, reduce control time and minimize impact on user.


Specify use cases and requirements of a disruptive cargo Non-Intrusive Inspection system for customs and deployment at border. Break down into specifications for future system.


Study and validate laser-plasma technologies for the future of high-energy X-ray source.


Develop 3D tomographic reconstruction algorithms to achieve highly detailed 3D imaging with low emitted dose.


Develop new detector technology to cope with multiple X-ray sources for 3-dimensional and insight container inspection.


Demonstrate capabilities of additional technologies yielding atomic ratios with the same laser-plasma source.


Prepare and deploy fields tests through laboratories validation and integration.

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