Security solutions provider Smiths Detection will upgrade London Luton Airport’s (LLA) security screening as part of the airport’s £100m transformation project.

Aimed at enhancing passenger experience, the contract will include the delivery of a new passenger screening technology including the HI-SCAN 6040-2is X-ray scanners and the new Checkpoint.Evo networked checkpoint system along with the rapid tray return system supplied by Herbert Systems.

The HI-SCAN 6040-2is dual-view X-ray inspection system is used for detecting explosives at checkpoints where bags and personal belongings are screened. It uses sophisticated X-ray technology which helps in detecting explosive materials and generate reliable, high quality images.

"We are spending over £100m to transform LLA by adding new capacity and offering the best possible experience for passengers."

LLA will be the first airport in Europe to install Checkpoint.Evo for regular security operations. Previously, a trial installation of the technology has been carried out in France.

The technology links individual sensors within a fully networked system that helps in enhancing checkpoint inspection and integration capacities. The inspection process and operational efficiency is enhanced by data collection, distribution and management.

Smiths Detection head of market EMEA Andrew Davis said: The combination of the HI-SCAN 6040-2is, Checkpoint.Evo and Herbert’s TRS provides an outstanding technological solution to the requirement for smarter checkpoints.

"The result will be a significant improvement in operational efficiency and we are delighted London Luton Airport has chosen to continue our relationship for the supply of advanced security solutions."

The technology will also help in improving security capabilities besides easing passenger flow through security checks, minimising waiting times and simplifying processes for customer-facing staff.

LLA operations director Neil Thompson said: "We are spending over £100m to transform LLA by adding new capacity and offering the best possible experience for passengers.

"Smiths Detection’s technology gives us the combination of reliability and performance we need to make security screening as fast and efficient as possible for the growing number of passengers who choose to fly from London Luton Airport."

Luton Airport is completely transforming the airport with a goal to increase annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2026. It will have completely redesigned terminal, enhanced transport links and new shopping and dining options, including a new world-class executive lounge.