US-based defense contractor L-3 Communications has developed a high-throughput explosives detection system (EDS), ClearScan for enhancing screening procedures at airports.

According to the company, the EDS has been developed keeping in mind the transformation in airport regulatory and operational requirements.

With a capacity of scanning more than 500 bags an hour and a false alarm rate that helps in bringing down the need for elaborate bag searches, the technology is expected to improve airport checkpoint throughput and increase efficiency.

ClearScan, which makes use of computed tomography (CT) and advanced explosives detection algorithms, also takes into account the demands of passengers for a smoother screening experience and allows them to leave liquids and electronics in their bags during security checks.

"Our new checkpoint solution is designed to meet these needs."

Along with ClearScan, the company is also launching a checkpoint operations software IntelliCore that can facilitate risk-based security operations along with strengthening checkpoint security capabilities.

The technology will help airports transform checkpoint screening into a highly flexible operation to improve passenger satisfaction.

L-3 Security and Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) president Tom Ripp said: "Enhancing security while facilitating passenger throughput, coupled with the need to help our customers control their operating costs, is a huge challenge.

"Our new checkpoint solution is designed to meet these needs. Together with L-3’s ProVision security scanner, ClearScan and IntelliCore bring comprehensive technologies to the checkpoint that improve threat detection and increase passenger convenience and operating efficiency."

Headquartered in New York, the company is a prime contractor in aerospace systems and national security solutions.

Image: ClearScan will eliminate the need for passengers to remove liquids and electronics from their bags during security checks. Photo: courtesy of L-3 Communications Holdings.