Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection has received several UK airport security contracts, including an order to install advanced detection systems at Heathrow Airport.

The systems will be installed at a temporary terminal that is being built by British Airports Authority (BAA) to serve departing athletes at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Smith Detection’s x-ray system, which includes HI-SCAN 6040aTiX, will screen hand-luggage for weapons and explosives, allowing the airport to handle the expected rise in passenger traffic during the Olympics Games.

The £20m Games Terminal will serve an estimated 10,100 athletes, as well an anticipated 35% rise in passenger numbers and baggage.

HI-SCAN 6040aTiX uses several independent multi-energy generators, which are connected to their own x-ray sensor technology and allow automatic explosives detection at airport security checkpoints.

"The £20m Games Terminal will serve an estimated 10,100 athletes, as well an anticipated 35% rise in passenger numbers and baggage."

According to Smiths Detection, the system generates two detailed views (Dual View) that allow authorities to carryout manual analysis and support the evaluation process.

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The system is also equipped with advanced computer technologies to perform real-time analyses without obstructing the normal checkpoint processes.

Following the conclusion of the London Olympics, the systems will be installed at other BAA-operated airports.

Smiths Detection has also secured orders from Isle of Man authorities and the Highlands and Islands Airports, including Inverness, Dundee, Stornoway and Orkney, to supply x-ray scanners and trace and vapour explosive detectors.

Image: Smiths Detection’s scanning systems will be installed in security checkpoints at Heathrow Airport’s temporary Games Terminal. Photo: courtesy Smiths Detection.