June 17 2019

Tech Company With Contract to Scan for Contraband at Southern Border Moving Headquarters to Burlington

By: Rich Hosford

A technology company that makes instruments that allow law enforcement and security officials to scan vehicles and buildings to find contraband materials has been given approval to move its headquarters to Burlington.

At its last meeting the Burlington Planning Board approved a special permit application for Viken Detection, which was looking to move its headquarters from Newton to the property at 21 North Avenue in the Northwest Park planned development project (PDD).

According to the application the company plans to improve the existing 30,000 square foot building and exterior site conditions to accommodate the relocation of their new premises.

Viken Detections, previously called Heuresis Corporation, creates portable imaging and analytical instruments that can be used by officials to detect illegal substances that are otherwise hidden.

“Viken Detection’s revolutionary HBI-120 Backscatter X-Ray Imager enables law enforcement and security professionals to perform narcotics interdiction and threat detection missions better, faster and more cost effectively,” its website says.

The devices allows them “to find contraband such as cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine oxycodone; currency; and explosives hidden in motor vehicle, airplanes and boat concealments, walls, ceilings, floors and furniture; in luggage and electronics and more.”

Additionally the company is currently working on a “car portal” detection system that will scan moving vehicles. Viken Detection CEO Jim Ryan told the board they have secured a contract with the U.S. government to outfit border crossings on the southern border with the technology and will have a test pilot program in Texas starting later this year.

“We’ll have a system that scans all vehicles crossing the border,” he said. “A lot of drugs come across the border and this will help stop them.”

The company is seeking to make some alterations of the site to allow them to test their equipment in the parking lot. There will be no addition to the existing building but a fence will be constructed around the testing site.

Ryan said the company’s leadership is excited about the opportunity to move to town.

“We picked Burlington because if we want to draw talent from the North Shore and places like New Hampshire it is a perfect location for us,” he said. “We’re very excited.”

Members of the Planning Board welcomed the company to town.

“Welcome, it sounds like a very exciting company,” Chairman Barbara L’Heureux said.

The company said it plans to open its new headquarters in the fall.  


 

 
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