Published On: Thu, Nov 7th, 2019

Swallowed Apple Watches, Contraband and More: What This Innovative Tech Company is Finding

From smuggled drugs and weapons to a man’s attempt to sneak into a women’s prison, San Diego based security technology equipment

manufacturer Tek84 is proving that crime doesn’t pay. 

For three decades, Tek84’s team have provided homeland security products used by the TSA, US Department of Defense, State of Israel and many other government agencies in the U.S. and abroad. The company has recently expanded into prison and border security with their latest state of the art body scanning technology.

The new equipment is cutting down the time it takes to complete body searches from 8-12 minutes per person to just a few seconds, saving

taxpayers money, streamlining prison and secondary screening processes, and catching more contraband.

Tek84 Product Highlights:

  • Reduces risk of human error
  • Provides an additional layer of safety to protect personnel and the general public
  • Detects contraband hidden in and outside the body
  • Scans take only a few seconds
  • Reduces the time it takes to process and inspect 
  • Safe and falls well below State and Federal regulatory requirements for body scanning
  • Available in 3 breakthrough products:

o Intercept – For law enforcement and high security internal/external contraband detection

o Defender – For general public protection

o Traveler – Portable version for military and dignitary protection

photo courtesy Tek84

“Just two days after it’s install in Columbus, Indiana Intercept turned up nine grams of methamphetamine in a pouch hidden on a prisoner, 

as well as a bag of suboxone pills”, Jail Commander Major John Martoccia said.  “I believe that this incident opened up the eyes of the

community – and everyone else,” Deputy Jail Commander, Tyler Stillabower said.


“The huge benefit to having the body scanner here is that it’s more humanizing, and it’s a much less intrusive search that everybody can

pass through as they come into our facility,” said Chicago’s Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain after catching an inmate who tried to smuggle

a chunk of metal from a broom handle to potentially use as a weapon to attack guards.


In fact, the innovative scanners are being used globally to protect airports, borders and critical infrastructure. After Boris Johnson was

shown a stored image from a scanner that showed a “mobile phone in an inmate’s stomach that he had swallowed, plus another two in

his bowel” he said the Government will spend £100 million on scanners, according to ITV news.


The state of the art body scanners have been recently installed at over 60 locations including prisons and jails across the U.S. and at

airports and international border crossings in Israel as Tek84 has emerged as one of the fastest growing companies in San Diego.

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