There are a wide variety of products airports use for security. In
this answer, I have focused on baggage and passenger screening, but I
have also provided links to lists of other types of airport security
products. Companies are listed with their name first, then location,
product name and Web address. Finding what the companies are working
on was difficult, since they probably want to keep their research
projects secret from competitors. The congressional hearing transcript
linked to below discusses some of the future prospects for security
List of makers of screening and general security products
Special technology: Z Backscatter, which detects
low-density organic materials in complex, high-density
Mandello del Lario, Italy
FEP ME Series
Special technology: Multicolor display that emphasizes
contrast between objects.
Image Scan Holdings
Melton Mowbray, England
Special technology: 3D imagery.
Future technology: m3DX -- "This technology will complement
the existing product range by providing automated
optimisation technology for the presentation of
stereoscopic images to a screener or, the extraction of 3D
co-ordinate information to the highest accuracy possible."
OSI Systems Inc.
Rapiscan X-Ray Baggage Scanners
<www.rapiscan.com> (site currently down)
CTX and QScan
Special technology: Uses imaging techniques similar to CT scans (CTX)
and MRIs (QScan).
EntryScan (scans people)
Future technologies mentioned by Keith A. Rhodes in congessional
Low-energy X-rays to catch hidden explosives on people
List of makers of security devices to control who goes
where in the airport:
List of makers of video-surveillance technology for
I hope this answer meets your needs.
I started with a Yahoo search on airport security. Finding one
manufacturer, I used the "Similar Pages" command from the Google
Toolbar and then from Google itself to find others.