New Zealand’s Aviation Security Service (AvSec) has contracted Smiths Detection to deliver checkpoint security technology for its five international airports.

AvSec will deploy the technology across Auckland, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown and Wellington airports.

Under the contract, Smiths Detection has agreed to deliver 35 of its HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography (CT) X-ray machines.

The company claims that its systems meet the international regulatory standards in the US and EU, offering the highest level of security.

It added that the solution will expedite the screening process by allowing travellers to leave laptops and liquids in their cabin baggage.

Smiths Detection North and South Asia Market head Aurelien Guilbert said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our long-standing relationship with New Zealand AvSec.

“Through the roll-out of this technology, passengers flying out of New Zealand’s international airports will have a smoother and more efficient checkpoint experience.”

Smiths Detection will also supply its iLane.evo smart automatic tray return system, as well as the iCMORE Weapons algorithm that has been developed to detect objects such as knives, guns, gun parts or ammunition hidden in bags.

The company plans to start the installation of these systems this year.

AvSec Strategic Development Group manager Ben Smith said: “The new technology supplied by Smiths Detection will help AvSec continue to evolve and improve the New Zealand security screening system while also helping to enhance passenger facilitation and experience.

“Having seen this system during the trial in Christchurch and other international airports already, we are confident in being able to deploy advanced technology solutions within our security checkpoints.”