Smiths Detection has deployed more than 2,100 Computed Tomography (CT) Hold baggage systems around the word. By the end of 2017, almost 750 million passengers traveled through airport checkpoints secured by Smiths Detection solutions across the USA alone. Our unparalleled depth of engineering expertise combined with customer understanding is why Smiths Detection is the partner of choice to support integrated checkpoint needs today and into the future.
With the recent release of 6040 CTiX – Smiths Detection’s latest checkpoint scanner the adoption of CT technology at airport checkpoints is imminent. What must come next, however, is relentless effort and true industry leadership.
Relentless effort and an unwavering commitment to our mission, to make the world more secure, is at the heart of who we are, and how we serve our customers. To achieve mission success, we must continue to strive to understand the dynamic global environments of customers, and specifically, work hand-in-hand with regulators and airports, to meet both security and operational requirements. For example, 6040 CTiX has been designed to have the same length footprint as a 6040 aTiX thus requiring no conveyer reconfiguration. In other words, Smiths Detection’s CTiX is virtually a drop-in replacement to the checkpoint space occupied by the current X-ray model. This will be key to enabling a seamless and less-costly integration of CT technology at the checkpoint.
Trials too, are crucial to ensure CT capability, performance and productivity benefits are met and can be implemented. This process will require time, different CONOPS and training. In the meantime, Smiths Detection has provided a software upgrade, available today, for existing aTiX x-ray systems allowing them to remain fully functional at the checkpoint while CT technology is being tested and installed.
Over the past ten years, Smiths Detection has invested more than half a billion dollars in research and development to keep ahead of evolving threats. In partnership with our customers, Smiths Detection is positioned to lead the industry in the CT checkpoint evolution with technology; engineering excellence; global insight; service footprint; and integration expertise – making enhanced security, higher-throughput and passenger convenience a reality.
Shan Hood, President Smiths Detection Inc.