The Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is seeking comment on a request for a waiver of the Commission’s rules to obtain FCC authorization for a security scanning system designed to operate in restricted frequency bands.

In a Request for Waiver filed in September 2019, the company, Rohde & Schwarz USA, seeks permission to obtain a grant of equipment authorization for its QPS 201 Personnel Security Scanner system. The company says that the QPS 201 systems is designed to detect the presence of concealed metallic and non-metallic threats carried in or underneath the clothing of persons, and could provide a level of security currently unavailable with comparable equipment. However, the system operates in the 70-80 GHz band, a portion of the spectrum where unlicensed Part 15 devices are not allowed to intentionally radiate energy.

Rohde & Schwarz is seeking a waiver from the FCC that would permit the operation of the QPS 201 in the restricted band, and that would also allow the system to operate with emissions above the current field strength limits.

Comments on the Request for Waiver must be filed by January 21, and can be submitted through the Commission’s Electronic Comment Filing System (reference Docket No. 19-88).

Read the Commission’s press release regarding Rohde & Schwarz Request for Waiver.

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