Bellevue, Wash. – May 9, 2013 – The Kedlin Company has teamed up with Pocket Gems to bring the hit game Airport Scanne r to Google Play for Android devices this June. The casual game where players step into the role of a TSA baggage screener has received rave reviews and reached #1 worldwide on the App Store in 2012. Airport Scanner has been downloaded more than 7 million times for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Data from the game will be used to power a Duke University study aimed at improving real-world luggage screening.
“ Airport Scanner has been wildly popular on iOS devices, and we’re delighted to bring the game to Android users worldwide,” said Jameel Khalfan, who oversees publishing at Pocket Gems. Airport Scanner becomes the third launched title published by Pocket Gems.
“We’re stoked to bring Airport Scanner to Android this June; it’s such a great game that we simply couldn’t let just iOS users have all of the fun,” said Ben Sharpe, CEO of the Kedlin Company. “Pocket Gems has a successful track record of creating games that people love, and we value their expertise and appreciate their unique approach to publishing. They made it possible for us to bring Airport Scanner to the Android platform; without them we’re not sure it would’ve happened.”
In Airport Scanner, players operate a life-like XRAY baggage scanner and quickly identify illegal items such as bomb components, weapons and liquid containers over 3.4 ounces, while getting legit passengers through security on time.
Kedlin is working in partnership with Dr. Stephen Mitroff of Duke University's Visual Cognition Laboratory to provide anonymous gameplay data to answer questions about real-world baggage screening that can't easily be tested in the lab. With funding from the Transportation Security Administration, Mitroff has tried to further understand what makes one person a better visual searcher than someone else, and ultimately, improve airport security. Dr. Mitroff approached Kedlin earlier this year about a partnership, and the Android launch will provide Mitroff and his team with a trove of valuable data to further power their research.
"High accuracy during visual searches is critical for professionals like TSA officers and radiologists, as any missed target can have life-or-death consequences,” said Dr. Mitroff. “It’s vital to understand how individuals learn these skills best and what factors lead to accurate performance, and the data collected from Airport Scanner enable my team to assess and learn from hundreds of thousands of individuals on accuracy, response time, false alarms, the ability to avoid distraction, the ability to multitask and more.”
For more information on Airport Scanner visit www.airportscannergame.com or www.pocketgems.com . The Airport Scanner trailer can be viewed at http://vimeo.com/40987476 and screenshots can be downloaded at http://www.airportscannergame.com/press/
About the Kedlin Company
Kedlin is a software development and mobile gaming company based out of Bellevue, WA and was founded in 2008. Kedlin’s passion is for creating software that improves people’s lives. For more information please visit www.airportscannergame.com.
About Pocket Gems
Pocket Gems is a mobile entertainment company founded in 2009. Since pioneering free-to-play mobile games, Pocket Gems has launched more than 25 games, which have been downloaded more than 100 million times. Pocket Gems has games in Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and Amazon’s Appstore. Pocket Gems had the top grossing game of 2011 in the App Store, four of our games were in the Apple App Store Best of 2012’s Top 100 Grossing apps, and have been recognized by AppAnnie as one of the Top 15 grossing publishers on iOS. Pocket Gems is always looking for fun games to publish with developers who are passionate about what they do. If you are interested in learning more about Pocket Gems publishing, you can contact Pocket Gems at pocketgems.com/publishing/contact .