Covington company looks to change future of airline security

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

COVINGTON, KY (FOX19)  - A company in Northern Kentucky says it has the key to keeping the friendly skies safe. The company's called Valley Forge Composite Technologies, Inc. and it's based in Covington.

The owner, Lou Brothers, has invented both a body scanning system and a cargo scanning system. Right now, neither is being used in the United States, but we're told that could change in a couple of weeks. Brothers has developed a high-tech scanning device that can look right through a person's clothing to their bones.

Valley Forge Employee Kyle Seger explains.

"It gives you a near medical quality X-ray image so you can see through every part of the body," said Seger. "And the body cavities and see if someone has swallowed something."

Their people scanner goes by the name "ODIN."

The company has also developed another scanner called "Thor-LVX." Not only does it scan cargo, but it gives a chemical analysis of what's inside.

"So Sodium and Chloride would be table salt and we would tell you that," Brothers said.

Brothers started Valley Forge Composite Technologies, Inc. in the 1990s. In the beginning, his company focused on developing and distributing aerospace technologies. Brothers said the idea for his two scanners were born nine years ago, after the Sept. 11th attacks.

"So when I woke up in the morning and saw {the attacks,}" Brothers said. "I thought I left the TV on a bad channel or some bad movie."

Brothers said a group of Russian scientists contacted him the day after 9-11 with the idea. He has collaborated with them ever since. Nearly three years ago, Brothers moved his company from Pennsylvania to Covington, Kentucky.

"I was actually born here {in the Tri-State,}" Brothers said. "On the other side of the river. And now I live on the Kentucky side. I like the place and if we're going to build plants and hire people it's going to be here."

Right now, his scanners are only used overseas, but he's working on expanding domestically.

"It's up to Uncle Sam and some other countries to decide if they want to put it in," Brothers said. "It's such an advanced technology. Everybody wants the Department of Energy to look at it, and say yes it works because it's so different from everything else out there."

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