TSA to install explosives detection systems at four US airports

6 February 2012 (Last Updated February 6th, 2012 04:35)

Morpho Detection (MDI), Safran Group's security unit has won a $17m contract from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply its CTX 9800 DSi and CTX 9400 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) at four airports in the US.

Morpho Detection (MDI), Safran Group's security unit has won a $17m contract from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply its CTX 9800 DSi and CTX 9400 DSi explosives detection systems (EDS) at four airports in the US.

TSA's order comprises of 11 CTX 9800s and four CTX 9400s, which will be installed at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, Philadelphia International Airport in Pennsylvania, Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport in Alabama and Tallahassee Airport in Florida.

MDI president and CEO Brad Buswell said: "Morpho Detection is pleased the TSA has chosen our CTX 9800 and 9400 EDS to help meet its checked bag screening needs."

"The CTX 9400 and 9800 explosives detection systems customise CT-based imaging technology, originally developed for healthcare, for a wide range of airport needs and aviation security challenges," Buswell said.

The two explosives detection systems are part of Morpho Detection's portfolio of computed tomography-based explosives detection systems (EDS) deployed at 2,000 airports around the world.

The CTX 9400 and 9800 use CT imaging technology to create images of each bag and then automatically compare the contents with a series of algorithms to find out the properties of known threat explosives.

CTX 9800 is equipped with multiplexing software and hardware that networks the system with the user and control interfaces for remote screening of checked baggage allowing the easy processing of high-resolution 3D and 2D bag images.

The Clarity technology incorporated in the CTX 9800 allows it to screen checked luggage at higher speeds while delivering high-resolution 3D images, according to MDI.

The first CTX 9800 DSi was deployed by the TSA at Mineta San José International Airport in California, where eight units have been integrated with the baggage handling system.