ACCIS – Automatic Cargo Container Inspection System

The detection of hazardous materials in cargo, such as explosives or nuclear material, is becoming increasingly important. The aim of the joint project ACCIS is the creation of a demonstration system useful for the automatic detection of cargo with traces of explosives and/or radioactive material. For this purpose, a novel screening method is to be researched and tested. The method relies on a combination of high-resolution neutron resonance as well as gamma radiography. The main advantage of this approach is the fact, that an evaluation can take place automatically while still detecting a broad variety of material reliably, including plastic explosives. The possibilities of such technologies being used at airports and border crossings are examined, as well, including analyses of the legal framework and procedure acceptance.

The project is a cooperative project in civil security research between Germany and Israel and is funded for 3 years by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework of high-tech strategy.

In the context of ACCIS, HFC acts as a subcontractor, and is carrying out tasks regarding associated human factors research, as well as providing an evaluation of task adequacy and acceptance.


(PTB Braunschweig)



  • Usability Testing


Project partners

  • Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig
  • Bundesanstalt für Materialforschung (BAM), Berlin
  • Technische Universität Berlin
  • RoentDek GmbH, Kelkheim
  • RI Research Instruments, Bergisch-Gladbach

 Cooperation partners

  • Soreq NRC, Yavne (IL)
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot (IL)
  • Israel Police Bomb Disposal Division, Jerusalem (IL) (associated)