Our Business

Who we are

Smiths Detection is a global authority on the application, management and manufacture of world class detection and screening technology for the aviation, ports and borders, urban security, and defence end use markets.

Renowned for delivering best in class expertise, equipment and support, Smiths Detection is relied upon by customers from multiple sectors to help them make the world a safer and more secure place. With 70 years’ experience, our mission is to use technology to develop innovative solutions and services which protect life, safeguard society and uphold the free flow of trade. Our goal is simple – to provide the security, peace of mind and freedom of movement upon which the world depends.

Smiths Detection is one of four operating divisions of Smiths Group, a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. Employing over 16,000 people in more than 50 countries, Smiths Group is a world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies that make the world safer, healthier and more productive.

Our vision

To be the leading end-to-end provider of screening and detection solutions that solve our customer’s challenges.

Our mission

Our mission is to make the world a safer place. By equipping customers with high integrity solutions , we aim to help safeguard society , protect life and support the free flow of trade.



We do the right thing, every time


We respect each other, value different perspectives and cultures and act inclusively


We make and keep commitments


Customer focus
We are valued and trusted partners in all we do


We learn and innovate together to deliver excellence and win

Market Sectors

Delivering an unrivalled range of detection technologies, we support customers from markets across aviation, ports and borders, urban security and defence, in assuring the safety and security of people and assets. They rely on our experience, knowledge and track record, to help them meet life-threatening challenges.


Airports, airlines and authorities around the world trust Smiths Detection’s deep expertise in delivering integrated solutions that provide the security, operational efficiency and scalability they need to keep their passengers, customer and infrastructure safer.

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Ports & Borders

In the face of escalating cross-border movement of contraband, ports, customs and border protection authorities need rigorously to monitor imports, exports, transit traffic and people for illicit goods or dangerous materials. Smiths Detection provides the technologies needed to limit illegal activities and prevent threats, without affecting global trade.

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Urban Security

Smiths Detection delivers cost effective and efficient solutions needed to respond to rapidly changing threats, constantly investing and building new technologies and solutions safeguarding people and infrastructure.

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Smiths Detection has worked with defence forces for over 50 years, gaining significant insight into the needs of armed forces, as well as experience of applying smart science at the frontline. Our low-maintenance, reliable equipment produces accurate, in real-time information about traces of explosives or other suspect materials on people, packages, vehicles or surfaces.

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