Threat detection and security screening technologies provider Smiths Detection has introduced a new lithium batteries algorithm for its dual-view air cargo and checked-baggage screening system named HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is.

The algorithm will enable HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is to automatically detect lithium batteries in all freight and baggage during the screening process for explosives.

With minimum false alarm rate, it will also reduce the load on image analysts, stated the vendor.

This lithium battery algorithm has been introduced under Smiths Detection’s offering of AI-algorithms, iCMORE.

By means of classical material discrimination and deep learning, iCMORE enables automatic detection of hazardous possessions and weapons throughout its conventional x-ray and EDS technologies.

The company noted that the iCMORE algorithms are complementary solutions to present screening technology.

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Smiths Detection aviation global director Richard Thompson said: “We are continually striving to develop new technologies to ensure the safety of people globally. Harnessing the power of deep learning is crucial in further developing object recognition algorithms.

“This new technology has been developed by working with our customers to capture thousands of X-ray images to then be analysed by the new algorithm so it can learn to detect lithium batteries based on shape. This algorithm will provide the powerful detection of lithium batteries while increasing efficiency and speed for users.”

In July last year, the company unveiled iCMORE detection algorithms for its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanner for the detection of lithium batteries and other unsafe items.

This scanner became Smiths Detection’s first explosive-detection system (EDS) to feature these options.

Last month, Smiths Detection announced that its dual-view air cargo scanner, HI-SCAN 145180-2is pro, has been included in the qualified section of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL).