Flexible range of options for meeting latest EU security standards
Smiths Detection now offers an impressive range of ECAC EDS Cabin Baggage approved checkpoint scanners, plus software packages which have also been authorised to upgrade previously installed equipment to EDS CB C1 and C2. Together they offer a very flexible choice in terms of meeting the new security standards which deliver significant operational benefits including: enhancing security, eliminating the random trace detector search, streamlining the passenger experience and improving staff productivity
Having already achieved the industry’s first ever EDS CB C1 standard approval, the HI-SCAN 6040aTiX X-ray system has now also been approved for EDS CB C2. The versatile HI-SCAN 7555aTiX, which can screen hand luggage, as well as hold baggage, parcels and small air cargo, has been awarded both EDS CB C1 and C2 standards. In addition, the HI-SCAN 6040-2is HR has achieved EDS CB C1 approval. The new software packages can upgrade these three scanners accordingly to EDS CB C1 and/or C2 standards. This option protects investment in existing equipment and makes compliance a simple and cost effective, on-site process with minimum disruption to operations
According to EU regulation, all systems meeting EDS CB C1 or C2 standards are automatically considered to have achieved EDS Hold Baggage Screening (HBS) Standard 3. This means that they can be used in the screening of checked-in baggage using conventional HBS CONOPS – subject to approval from the relevant EU member state.
With the current focus in Europe on the automatic detection of explosives in cabin baggage, EDS CB C1 eliminates the need for random searches using additional explosive trace detectors or dogs. EDS CB C2 approval allows electronic devices to remain in cabin baggage during scanning, according to EU regulations. This offers those airports not subject to additional security measures, the opportunity to improve the passenger experience whilst maintaining the required level of security.
The existing laptop ban and how it may be extended in the future, underlines the relevance and importance of an EDS capability at the checkpoint. Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN range provides a foundation for a technical solution which can meet the challenge of rapidly evolving threats.
Taking security scanning to the next level, the advanced technology offered by these three systems delivers complex analyses of luggage contents executed in real-time without hindering the overall checkpoint process. More accurate detection helps operators to expose threats which were previously difficult to identify – for example, organic materials, such as explosives, are automatically highlighted on the scanned images.
To complete the range, the new HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is currently being developed specifically to target the more advanced EDS CB C3 approval and will be available in April 2018.