Smiths Detection has partnered with security solutions provider Pangiam to expedite open architecture (OA) development and adoption in the field of aviation security.

The duo will utilise their capabilities to transfer 3D images from Smiths Detection’s computed tomography cabin baggage scanner HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX to Pangiam’s Computer Vision insights.

This is aimed at enhancing the information and analysis available to screening authorities.

Smiths Detection Marketing vice-president Richard Thompson said: “While Smiths Detection has a successful record of delivering its iCMORE automatic threat recognition technology, for example, with weapons, currency, and lithium batteries, one of the primary objectives of OA is to offer choice.

“Through the Ada initiative, we enable this choice by allowing customers the freedom to work with companies such as Pangiam.

“We’re excited to be driving open architecture across our industry and to be working with Pangiam to allow the integration of their technology with our best-in-class CT checkpoint solution.”

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The alliance is said to be in line with Smiths Detection’s Ada Initiative, which aims to fast-track open architecture adoption in aviation, ports and borders.

It is also aligned with Pangiam’s Project DARTMOUTH, a partnership with Google Cloud, which leverages artificial intelligence (AI) and pattern analysis to detect banned items in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, airline cargo, and shipments.

Pangiam Project DARTMOUTH head Alexis Long said: “We are delighted to work closely to break new ground in Open Architecture and bring data-driven solutions to the growing global consortium of public and private stakeholders that have embraced Open Architecture.

“Smiths Detection is the obvious choice for collaboration to drive this technology due to their leading technology and significant install base.”

Both companies plan to run a series of technological demonstrations designed to rapidly develop and field new capabilities, unlocking further innovation.

Laboratory demonstrations are already underway since August.

The resulting technologies are anticipated to come to international airports for advanced trials by early next year and will be ready for full implementation thereafter.

Last month, the US Transportation Security Administration included Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX X-ray scanner in its checkpoint property screening system mid-size qualified products list.