India’s Cochin International Airport (CIAL) is deploying a high-end robotic security system from Canadian firm Pedsco, in order to enhance passenger safety.

Estimated to have cost $120m, the system will be installed at the airport next month.

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The airport will also be installing a threat containment vessel (TCV) and a sophisticated luggage containment vehicle, both of which have been manufactured by US-based company Nabco. The equipment is currently in the calibration stage at the airport.

The remote mobile investigator (RMI)-9WT is the frontrunner in the robot family and has already been used in the Americas by the police, fire departments and the military, as well as nuclear and industrial institutions.

"It represents the leading edge of airport safety."

The robot is a lightweight, battery-operated multi-purpose vehicle that can be used for remote handling of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), hazardous chemicals, radioactive materials and other hazardous situations.

The RMI-9WT is a six-wheeled vehicle with removable tracks for step-climbing capability. It also has dual extension front arms with a high-lifting capacity manipulator.

As the main equipment of the security system, the TCV is capable of handling suspicious luggage and repeated detonations.

CIAL managing director VJ Kurian said that the system would improve the overall safety and security at the airport.

"It represents the leading edge of airport safety," Kurian said.

"We always support the advancement of technology especially in safety issues."