Smiths Detection has unveiled its new HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, a high-speed scanner that can detect explosives in baggage.

Incorporating Smith Detection’s multi-energy x-ray technology and Analogic’s three-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT), the new scanner is currently being assessed by international regulatory agencies.

Smiths Detection president Mal Maginnis said the new baggage screening system will boast an enhanced combination of size capability and throughput rate, further offering operators long-term value.

"It is designed specifically to meet the unique challenges faced by airlines and airports every day," Maginnis added.

Smiths Detection said that the larger tunnel size in the system allows screening of bigger bags, while the system can screen 1,800 bags every hour with a belt speed of 0.5m a second.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, which is expected to be ready for installation in late 2012, meets the checked baggage inspection requirements of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) and US Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

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Smiths Detection had signed a deal with Analogic in 2009 to develop advanced imaging subsystems for use in a next-generation explosives detection system. Under the deal, Smiths Detection funded the engineering development over the two-year period.

US-based Analogic provides advanced high-precision image processing technologies to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and end users in medical diagnostics and security markets