On Thursday, Russian media reported that Egyptian aviation authorities will be expecting a visit by Russian airport security experts later this month. The experts are expected to check the security measures in place at several airports across the country for any weak points they might have.
At the same time, Russian firms have offered Egypt modern equipment for ensuring security at public places. A delegation involving representatives of eight Russian companies producing security equipment visited Egypt recently to participate in a "Safety & Security" symposium, offering the Egyptian side with a number of technologies and systems meant to radically improve the safety standards at the country's airports.
Sputnik was able to find out a few details about some of the systems and technologies being offered by the Russian companies. These include special sensors for the detection of drugs and explosives. The sensors, about the size of a small sheet of paper, can detect drugs and determine their type, along with explosive materials, and change color when illegal or dangerous contents are present in packages or luggage.
Another Russian firm presented a portable device for detecting explosives. The mechanism is compact, and can be carried by plainclothes security personnel in their pockets, allowing them to move near suspicious objects without being detected by any suspicious persons. The device works in two phases, the first working to detect explosive material, and the second identifying it and displaying relevant information regarding which dangerous or prohibited substance is present.
Finally, another company presented a camera with face recognition technology capable of identifying wanted terrorists. Set up in airports, train stations and other public areas, the camera can read faces and compare them in real time with the databases of Egypt's Interior Ministry.