New Doha International Airport

Smiths Detection has received a €100m contract to provide the main security scanning systems at the New Doha International Airport (NDIA) in Qatar.

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Under the contract, the company will provide automatic X-ray and trace detection systems to screen passengers, hand luggage and checked-in bags for explosives, weapons and illegal goods.

The supply includes HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is, HI-SCAN 130100T, HI-SCAN 7555aTix as well as iLane Systems and the 500DT trace detectors.

Smiths Detection president, Mal Maginnis, said: "The award was received after intensive and long work in close co-operation with Smiths Detection’s local representative Qatar Security Systems Co. (QSS)."

Smiths’ automatic explosive detection system HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is is the enhanced version of its Heimann EDX technology which utilises dual view X-ray system to improve the evaluation process.

The dual view system will reduce the rate of bags being rejected and reduces further level inspection at the airport.

Smiths’ IONSCAN 500DT system will incorporate two IMS detectors in a single unit, facilitating it to detect and identify the explosives and narcotics with a single analysis.

The company’s HI-SCAN 7555aTiX features include automatic explosives and liquid detection, which facilitates it to perform with a high detection rate and very low false alarm rates through the optimised algorithm applications.

NDIA is currently undergoing first expansion phase, which is expected to be completed by 2013, expanding the old Doha facility by 12 times.

The expansion will initially facilitate the airport to handle 24 million passengers and 2 million t of cargo per year and is expected to more than double to around 50 million when it reaches complete operational capability.

Under the expansion, the airport will add 80 contact gates, as well as 25,000m² for retail space, lounges, and multi-storey short-term and long-term parking facilities.

The airport has invested $14.5bn for the expansion project which will be implemented in phases and is expected to be completed by 2015.


Image: NDIA’s first expansion phase will facilitate it to initially handle 24 million passengers and 2 million t of cargo per year. Photo: Smiths Detection