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The Scanner Monitor is an object exclusive to Island Bound DLC. It is recomended to be installed in security room and will be used by a guard to monitor scanned boxes passing though the scanner machine for all kinds of contraband.

Before this object can be purchased, it must be unlocked by researching surveillance.

To function properly:

  • The scanner Monitor must be powered and connected to the power system by a cable.
  • It must be also connected to the scanner machine (in the same way as CCTV monitor to CCTV cameras).
  • The scanner monitor must be operated by a guard.
  • You must have at least one free workman ready to load and unload the boxes.
  • The scanner machine must be in a delivery or storage marked room.

The whole process is very simple. Once all of the above conditions are met, workmen will start loading the boxes onto the machine, one by one. The guard operating the monitor should be able to spot contraband depending on their tiredness. That's why it's imperative to have all guards well-rested, because otherwise, the whole process might be pointless.

If contraband is detected in a box, a guard will be notified and sent to search the box, similar to when a metal detector or dog handler 'detects' contraband (accuracy rates vary).