Smiths Detection’s Explosive Threat Detectors Provide U.S. Airlines Extra Gate Security
Airlines Now Using Portable Multi-Mode Threat Detection Systems to Enhance Security at Boarding Gates Abroad
September 15. 2010 - Smiths Detection today announced multiple U.S. airlines have begun using its portable trace detection systems at boarding gates as part of an initiative to enhance airport security.
Mark Laustra, Vice President of Homeland Security, Smiths Detection, said: “We are pleased to help U.S. air carriers make air travel as safe as humanly possible, and these orders are a great example of how the airlines are working with the security industry to intelligently expand layers of security through a variety of technologies.”
The detectors, one desk-top and the other hand-held, provide particle and vapor analysis by using Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology, detecting both explosives and narcotics from a single, easily gathered sample. Rugged design and portability enable the systems to be readily taken from gate to gate at boarding areas.
With the largest service and support team in the industry, Smiths Detection will provide training and support to the airlines to ensure maximum functionality and proper care of the detectors. The carriers requested anonymity, citing security reasons.
Smiths Detection, with major manufacturing plants in eight U.S. states, also supplies industry-leading X-ray inspection systems, bottle liquid scanners and other threat screening technology to around 80 percent of the world’s airports.
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Smiths Detection (www.smithsdetection.com) designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation, narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has plants in eight U.S. states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It is part of Smiths Group (www.smiths.com), a global leader in the practical application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 22,000 people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100 sites in 40 states. For more information on its U.S. operations: U.S. Fact Book.
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