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Inter Airport Europe 2017: Smiths Detection takes security screening to new level

Having acquired Morpho Detection (a Safran company) earlier this year, Smiths Detection – a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies with a strong presence in airports – has been busy building up its expertise in baggage screening technology.

“The acquisition has been a huge success, both in terms of the service we deliver, but also in the coming together of two teams,” said Richard Ingram, Smiths Detection’s president, talking at Inter Airport Europe in Munich.

Working hard to solve the operational challenges that confront the aviation industry particularly when it comes to security and baggage screening solutions, Smiths Detection launched its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX checkpoint scanner on Tuesday 10 October.

Eliminating the need to remove electronic devices and liquids from hand luggage, the scanner has been developed to deliver higher levels of security and is a win-win solution for both airports and their passengers. Optimising checkpoint performance through improved productivity, the scanner also produces higher throughput and lower costs.

“In theory it could process 900 to 1000 trays per hour,” Cameron Mann, Smiths Detection’s global market director, aviation told Regional Gateway. But he went on to point out that it’s not just about quantity.

“It’s important to understand each airport’s needs and operational efficiency, because the scanner can be as effective in smaller airports as it is in larger airports, where the passenger flow will typically be much greater,” Mann said, explaining that in a smaller airport where the CTiX scanner can process significantly more trays per hour, it greatly reduces the need for trained security screening staff, who might be in short supply.

To reduce upgrade costs for airports the new scanner can also be easily integrated into existing checkpoint lanes, making it a cost effective solution for airports of all sizes.

Arguably one of the most exciting elements of the CT scanner though is its potential to transform the baggage screening process through its ability to examine baggage contents from every angle and generate 3D images with precise data, so that accurate assessments can be made on potentially dangerous substances within the bag.

While the scanner is still undergoing the final stages of testing, the first systems will be available in 2018.


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