Gold Coast Airport in Australia has awarded a contract to Smiths Detection for its advanced Computed Tomography (CT) screening systems.

The airport conducted a six-week-long trial of the scanners this March.

Under the contract, 12 HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX screening machines will be installed at the passenger screening areas over the next three years.

The work will start with the installation of four CTiX units by April 2020. The following units will be deployed upon the opening of the southern terminal expansion and the renovation of the existing terminal.

The integrated security lanes will incorporate HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, iLane.evo and Checkpoint.Evoplus systems, which are expected to make operations more efficient and address security concerns.

CTiX examines baggage contents from all angles and generates 3D images to provide better visuals to the officers.

iLane is a checkpoint lane that is capable of automatically separating suspicious baggage. Checkpoint.Evoplus is a lane management solution that integrates the different components of the lane into one platform.

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Gold Coast Airport general manager operations and service delivery Brett Curtis said: “Because this technology allows bags to be screened without personal belongings like laptops, gels and liquids having to be removed, it results in a significant reduction in wait times at the passenger security checks.

“The trial was successful and we found the scanner worked well from security, operational efficiency and passenger experience perspectives.”

In September, Smiths Detection secured a $96.8m contract from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply checkpoint CT systems.

Smiths Detection recently launched its new air cargo security scanner HI-SCAN 145180-2is pro. The scanner uses two 200kV X-ray generators that are arranged at 90° angles.