Smiths Detection has integrated CTX 9800 DSi, an explosive detection system (EDS) with a new tote-based baggage handling system (BHS) at Terminal 1 of San Francisco Airport (SFO) in the US.

The project represents the first use of a tote-based baggage handling system in the country.

The tote-based BHS allows each checked bag to be placed in an individual-controlled tray, or ‘tote’ that is installed with a RFID chip.

Throughout the handling process, the chip-equipped system can monitor and track every bag.

The tote-based BHS provides dependable bag handling, which will help the airports to cut down mis-tracked baggage and also improve screening measures.

Currently in operation at airports of Canada, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, the tote-based BHS integrated with EDS enables an optimised process for screening baggage.

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Smiths Detection is claimed to be the only manufacturer of EDS to get TSA in-tote baggage certification for use at airports in the US.

Smiths Detection president Shan Hood said: “We have gained expertise by working with a broad range of baggage handling system companies. That expertise, combined with the talent of our engineering and service teams, allows Smiths Detection to consistently deliver integration projects on-time, and on-budget, no matter where in the world.”

Powered by computed tomography (CT) technology, CTX 9800 can be configured to provide throughput of up to 1,800 bags  in an hour.

CTX 9800, which has been approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference as meeting Standard 3 requirements, is also certified by the US Transportation Security Administration and the Civil Aviation Administration of China.