London’s Heathrow Airport to deploy liquid scanning technology

15 October 2013 (Last Updated October 15th, 2013 18:30)

Heathrow Airport in London, UK, is set to deploy new scanning technology, which will allow travellers to bring liquids on aircraft.

London's Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport in London, UK, is set to deploy new scanning technology, which will allow travellers to bring liquids on aircraft.

The LS10 liquid bottle scanner, which has been developed by Battelle and Sellex, scans liquids, aerosols and gels in nearly all containers for threats such as explosives.

The advanced bottle liquid scanner uses dual sensing modalities to detect threats that include flammables, acids, and explosive liquids, aerosols and gels within sealed or unopened glass, plastic, metal, paper and ceramic containers whether clear or opaque.

Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) has recently selected the LS10 for use in its terminals at London Heathrow Airport, as well as Aberdeen, Glasgow International and Southampton airports.

HAL purchased LS10 following an extensive trial in early 2013.

This move by HAL comes in response to a rule change that is set to be implemented from January, under which, the European Union will allow a limited category of liquids, aerosols and gels, under a phased implementation, to be carried on to airplanes.

The rule makes the safe, quick scanning of such materials important to airline security and passenger-flow through checkpoints.

Battelle National Security Critical Infrastructure general manager Mike Janus said that the ability to scan such a wide variety of containers, and to do so in a very small, compact size, is what sets the technology apart.

"We've been able to successfully scan everything from toothpaste tubes to a treasured set of porcelain cows filled with liquor purchased in a duty-free shop," Janus added.

"HAL has recently selected the LS10 for use in its terminals at London Heathrow Airport, as well as Aberdeen, Glasgow International and Southampton airports."

In addition to HAL, a number of airports in Scandinavia have also purchased the LS10 for screening liquids, aerosols and gels at security checkpoints.

The LS10 scanning device combines the use of radio frequency (RF) and ultrasonic technology to non-invasively interrogate liquids, aerosols and gels in containers.

It can differentiate dangerous liquids, aerosols and gels from benign substances, and alerts security personnel of suspicious contents quickly and accurately.

The device can be used at varied security venues due to its ease of use and, in security checkpoints, it allows more efficient processing of containers with high detection success and low false alarm rates.

LS10 is manufactured at Battelle's advanced manufacturing facility in Dublin, Ohio, while the European service and distribution support is provided by Advanced Fiber Products.

Battelle, based in Ohio, conducts research and development, designs and manufactures products, and delivers critical services for government and commercial customers, while US-based Sellex International is a market and product development company.


Image: The deployment of the new scanning technology at London's Heathrow Airport is expected to facilitate quick scanning of threat liquid materials.