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The original bottle scanners from Cobalt, Insight100™ and Insight100M™ systems are widely deployed at EU airports, including 8 of the top 10 hubs. The latest member of the Insight range is Insight200M™

Exceptional Detection with an Ultra-low False Alarm Rate

Insight100M also Screens Metallic Containers

  • ECAC standard 3 (Type B and A)
  • Screens ALL containers, including metal (Insight100M)
  • False alarm rate ≈2.5%
  • Fast and easy to use, 3 - 5 second scans
  • Detects and names threat material (detection only in metal containers)
  • Can also screen for combustible liquids

The Insight100M combines the ultra-low false alarm rates (FARs) of the Insight100 – operationally proven to be less than 1% for non-metallic items – with a second sensor for metallic containers.

For a typical flow of commerce, the overall blended FAR is around 2.5%, but can be much lower. For example, for bottled water alone, the FAR of the Insight100M is just 1 in 4,000 bottles (≈0.02%).

When tested using the standard ECAC test set, the Insight100M has a FAR 5-10x lower than operationally demonstrated by the most widely used competitive products.


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.

Flexible System Deployment

Stand-alone or Combination Use

For non-metallic containers, Insight100 systems uses Cobalt’s proprietary SORS™ (Spatially Offset Raman Spectroscopy) technology. Insight100M includes a second sensor that also allows metals items to be screened. Both systems have exceptionally high detection performance coupled with ultra-low false alarm rates.

Items Scan #1 Scan #2 False Alarm Rate
Non-metallic items Type B
- <1%
All items
(metallic and non-metallic)
Type B
- ≈2.5%
Bottled water Type B
- ≈0.02%
All liquids Type A
- <0.8%
All items
(metallic and non-metallic)
Type C Type B
All items
(metallic and non-metallic)
Type C Type B + Type A

False alarm rates of the Insight100 series as a stand-alone system or in combination use (in Type B and A modes)

System Operation

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

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

Dimensions: 562 mm wide / 515 mm high / 417 mm deep

Types of container Glass: opaque, coloured, clear, frosted
Plastic: opaque, coloured, clear, frosted
Cardboard / Paper
Metal containers (Insight100M only): Tetra Paks, foil pouches, drinks cans, food tins, tubes, aerosols
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

Screening Liquids under 100ml using Insight Systems

Application Notes

The Insight Range - Lowest False Alarm Rates in Metal and Non-Metal Containers

Application Notes

Insight Series - Study of False Alarm Rates on Bottled water

Application Notes

Overview Server Product Note


Insight100 and Insight100M Product Brochure


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