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The Insight100™ is a liquid explosive detection system (LEDS) based on Cobalt’s proprietary SORS™ technology. This uniquely allows liquids to be screened through a wide-range of non-metallic containers in just 5 seconds

Exceptional Detection with an Ultra-low False Alarm Rate

Threats Identified and Named Onscreen

  • ECAC standard 3 (Type B and A)
  • False alarm rate consistently below 1% operationally
  • Fast and easy to use, always 5 second scans
  • Detects and identifies threat liquids
  • Very large install base (in Europe and Australia)
  • Screens non-metallic containers; identifies metal

Proven in the field

The Insight100 range has proven low false alarm rates (FAR) in the field as well as in laboratory tests. Operational FARs for non-metallic items from the first phase of LAGs screening in Europe are consistently better than 1%. Bottled water is especially impressive with FARs of just 1 in 4,000 bottles (≈0.02%) across a broad range of bottles and types of water.

Items False Alarm Rate
Non-metallic items <1%
Bottled Water ≈0.02%

False alarm rates of the Insight100 system as a stand-alone machine


All of Cobalt's Insight scanners can be continuously monitored and managed by a centralised software system – the Overview Management Server. The software enables scheduled reporting for regulatory compliance monitoring.


A new variant of the Insight100 has recently been approved which can also screen metals, Insight100M; an in-field upgrade of the Insight100 to Insight100M is available.

Flexible Insight100 System Deployment

Stand-alone or Combination Use

System Operation

The Insight100 screens partially filled containers as well as STEBS and unusual bottle shapes/sizes. The system has no problem screening containers of 10ml or greater as well as large containers up to 3l. The Insight100 can also screen combustible liquids.

The Insight100 has a very high operational reliability with an MTBF (mean time between failure) typically well above one year.

Insight100 type C&D screening

Insight100 type C&D screening

The Insight100 has been deployed in more than 65 airports throughout Europe and Australia either as a stand-alone unit, or commonly in combination with Type C LEDS or other Type B systems. The typical false alarm rates in such combinations are consistently the best available compared to competitor systems.

Combination False Alarm Rate
Type B 0.3%
Type C 0.7%

False alarm rates of the Insight100 system when used in combination with other systems

Dimensions: 823 mm wide / 561 mm high / 611 mm deep

Types of container Glass: opaque, coloured, clear, frosted
Plastic: opaque, coloured, clear, frosted
Cardboard / Paper
Metal containers: identified but not screened (see Insight100M for metals screening)
Container size Any shape up to 33cm (13”) high
Contents from 10ml to >3 litres
Contents Liquids, aerosols, gels and other consumer items
Partially-filled containers and small liquid volume (<10ml)
Works with dense or viscous liquids, e.g., honey or syrup
Safety Class 1 laser system – interlocked
CE marked
Power requirements 90-264VAC 50-60Hz
<200W continuous
Connectivity Ethernet and USB 2.0

Overview Server Product Note


Insight100 and Insight100M Product Note


Insight100 Water False Alarm Rates

Application Notes

Insight100 Field Trial Results at Heathrow Airport

Application Notes

Airport Commerce False Alarm Rates

Application Notes

Security Applications of SORS - Explosives Characterisation

Application Notes

Insight100 Field Trial Results at Zurich Airport

Application Notes

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Watch the Insight100 and Insight100M Overview

Watch the Insight100 and Insight100M Overview