Advanced detection systems designer and manufacturer Smiths Detection has secured a $62.9m order to supply automatic explosives scanners for carry-on baggage for installation across many airports in the US.
The order has been awarded under the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Advanced Technology 2 (AT-2) contract.
Smiths Detection interim president Brian Jones said: "I am proud and privileged that TSA has put its confidence in us as a partner in its mission to keep the traveling public safe.
"Our aTiX platform provides enhanced and progressive levels of detection capability, to help protect against evolving threats to aviation security."
Using multi-view, high-resolution imaging, the automatic threat identification X-ray (aTiX) systems detect explosives and other threats at security checkpoints. The systems will be deployed at the sites this year.
In order to ensure maximum operational efficiency, the HI-SCAN 6040aTiX features several, independent multi-energy generators, each of which is connected to in-built sophisticated and advanced X-ray sensor technology.
The company said that by using advanced computer technologies, complex analyses can be carried out in real-time without obstructing normal checkpoint procedures.
aTiX, which has already been installed at more than 70 airports in the US, is capable of detecting a range of threats and illegal substances and can be readily upgraded as new threats emerge.
Smiths Detection Americas vice-president Terry Gibson said: "Our investments in technology and infrastructure are geared to meet the needs of major customers like TSA.
"Our checkpoint systems, which will be manufactured at our main US facility in Maryland, provide the highest levels of both security and overall value."
Image: HI-SCAN 6040aTiX. Photo: courtesy of Smiths Detection.