Star Trek Biofilters and Terahertz Ray Technology

The biofilters from Star Trek may some day become reality.  The Star Trek biofilter is a device that scans for harmful biological substances and it was primarily used as part of the transporter system.  This technology that seemed so far fetched, might soon be seen in airports, hospitals, postal offices, and ports.

Terahertz ray technology

The technology is called a terahertz scanner.  Terahertz ray technology is being researched as a way to identify bioterrorism agents in amounts as small as parts per billion.  Terahertz scanners operate on a different area of the spectrum from x-rays so scans from them would not be harmful to people.

Terahertz scanners, if perfected, could be installed to check packages for harmful agents or to check people entering and leaving secure areas to determine if they are carrying a harmful agent.  The scanners work in real time so there is no need to wait for an interpretation of a scan.  People could walk through an area normally and only be stopped if there was a concern with the terahertz findings.

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Eric Vanderburg

Eric Vanderburg is an author, thought leader, and consultant. He serves as the Vice President of Cybersecurity at TCDI and Vice Chairman of the board at TechMin. He is best known for his insight on cybersecurity, privacy, data protection, and storage. Eric is a continual learner who has earned over 40 technology and security certifications. He has a strong desire to share technology insights with the community. Eric is the author of several books and he frequently writes articles for magazines, journals, and other publications.

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