NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- A former U.S. homeland security secretary has been hired by New York-based IDO Security for consulting on a footwear weapons detection system.
IDO announced that Tom Ridge was hired for consulting services in an effort to accelerate the implementation of the MagShoe high speed shoes-on portable footwear weapons detection system in the United States.
"Governor Ridge's experience as our country's first Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security will provide us with invaluable assistance as we bring the benefits of the MagShoe shoes-on security screening technology to markets in the United States and throughout the world," said Michael Goldberg, president of IDO Security, in a statement.
Through the use of electromagnetic fields, company officials say the MagShoe security screening device detects metallic objects that could be concealed on or in footwear. By using the device, shoe removal is not required by screened individuals.
The MagShoe is currently approved for use by the United Kingdom's Department for Transport.
"IDO Security has created a security solution that can provide increased security for airports, schools and businesses while making the screening process quick, convenient and comfortable for citizens," said Tom Ridge. "I'm impressed by the MagShoe's advanced technology and look forward to working with IDO to help accelerate its implementation."