Pine Brook, New Jersey – Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announced the largest deployment of its advanced threat identification X-rays (aTiX) systems in the United States.

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has installed 28 Smiths Detection aTiX units at Denver International airport, the second airport to complete a full switch to the advanced systems. Following a successful field trial at Albuquerque’s international airport, the TSA recently replaced all eight security checkpoint lanes with aTiX units. Additionally, the TSA deployed four aTiX units as part of the Checkpoint Evolution prototype at Baltimore / Washington International Airport, which also included Smith Detection’s advanced automated security inspection process iLane.

Stephen Phipson, group managing director of Smiths Detection, said: “aTiX technology represents a major breakthrough in checkpoint security that will benefit the traveling public worldwide. We are pleased to be working with TSA to offer this advancement throughout the US. aTiX is already deployed extensively in the UK and it has the potential to diminish throughput time for passengers.”

Unlike conventional X-ray systems, aTiX captures multiple views of carry-on bags in a single sweep. The system also includes powerful software algorithms which help the operator detect potentially harmful items. This software can be easily upgraded to meet any future threat needs.

Mark Laustra, vice-president of homeland security for Smiths Detection, said: “We are pleased to see aTiX technology deployed to Denver International Airport. Denver now has an advanced screening technology platform that will serve its passengers well into the future.”