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Smiths Detection has signed a deal with Canada-based Optosecurity to use the company’s screening device in its X-ray baggage scanners, making them compatible with EU liquid explosive detection standards.

Smith Detection will incorporate Optosecurity’s OptoScreener in its HI-SCAN 6040i, 6046si and 7555i X-ray baggage scanners, to meet EU-certified type C-standard of liquid explosives detection systems (LEDS).

Installation of the screening devices will help the scanners meet this level of performance without requiring replacement or upgrading of the existing equipment and hardware.

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Optosecurity president and CEO Eric Bergeron said: "Optosecurity and Smiths Detection together offer airports the opportunity to comply right now with Type C performance, while keeping their existing applications."

Type C-compliant systems can screen multiple liquid containers concurrently when displayed outside baggage.

"OptoScreener is the size of a desktop computer."

Airports are required to install the new systems due to the current ban on liquid containers in hand luggage in the European Union scheduled to be lifted in April 2013.

Smiths Detection President Mal Maginnis said that the enhanced versions of already successful technologies can often provide effective tools for detecting threats.

"As the EU deadline approaches, it is all the more important for airports to be aware of the options now available to meet evolving threats, while minimising costs and changes to security layouts," Maginnis said.

OptoScreener, which is the size of a desktop computer, can be incorporated as an upgrade to currently operational 6040i, 6046si and 7555i baggage screening systems or as an option for ordered systems.

Smiths Detection’s other aTiX baggage screeners have already attained Type C certification.

Smiths Detection has deployed over 70,000 X-ray systems in around 180 countries, while its HI-SCAN 6040i and 6046si systems can screen carry-on baggage at checkpoint areas.

Image: Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040i, 6046si and 7555i X-ray baggage scanners are used at security checkpoints. Photo: courtesy of Smiths Detection.