Morpho to install explosives trace detectors at German Airports


4DX Itemiser

German Federal Police has selected Morpho Detection's 160 Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD) for enhanced explosives screening at airport checkpoints throughout Germany.

Itemiser 4DX will be used to screen passengers and baggage at airports to meet new EU regulations on security.

The desktop ETD detects traces of explosives on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.

According to Morpho, the non-radioactive radioactive ion trap mobility spectrometer (ITMS) component in the ETD reduces operating costs and hazards of dealing with a radiation-emitting trace detection source.

The deal will also see, ELP GmbH, a local partner of Morpho Detection provide maintenance services to the trace detectors to ensure peak performance and maximum system uptime.

Morpho Detection president and CEO Karen Bomba said: "The German Federal Police helps secure air travel at some of the busiest airports in Europe and we are thrilled they have recognised the operational and detection capabilities of Itemiser 4DX by selecting it to protect travellers."

"The ability of Itemiser 4DX to non-invasively detect and identify explosives in challenging environments, combined with Morpho's global service partnerships, helps airports increase return on investment (ROI) while planning for growth and evolving security mandates."

The easy-to-use and portable Itemiser 4DX eliminates the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements related with a radiation-emitting trace detection source.

The detector helps reduce operational costs for airports and air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and government and critical infrastructure installations.

Recently, the company was awarded with similar contracts by Portugal airports operator Vinci/ANA Aeroportos de Portugal, Manchester Airports and Denmark's Copenhagen Airport to enhance the screening systems at the respective airports.

So far, Morpho has deployed approximately 23,000 ETD units, including more than 800 Itemiser 4DX, at various airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical infrastructure and secure locations across Europe.


Image: Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors. Photo: courtesy of Morpho.