An Oxfordshire-based company has claimed to have developed a camera that can see through people's clothing at a distance of up to 80 feet and help detect weapons, drugs and explosives.
The new technology, developed by ThruVision, spun out from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, one of the British government's leading physics research centres, The Sunday Times reported.
Although the camera can see objects under clothes, its designers say the images do not show anatomical details, the report said.
Clive Beattlie, ThruVision's chief executive said: "Acts of terrorism have shaken the world in recent years and security precautions have been tightened globally. The T5000 (the camera) dramatically extends the range over which we can scan people."
The new technology will be displayed at the Home Office scientific development branch's annual exhibition, Britain's premier showcase for security equipment, to be held on a Royal air Force (RAF) airbase in Buckinghamshire this week.
The camera, known as the T5000 system, could be deployed in railway stations, shopping centres and other public spaces to abort terrorist attacks and it has attracted interest from police forces, train companies and airport operations as well as government agencies.
It was designed for use in spacecraft and astronomy but researchers soon realised that cameras capable of seeing through clouds of cosmic dust could also see through clothing.