Morocco Upgrades Airport Security With Smiths Detection’s High-Speed XCT Baggage Scanner

Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract with the Morocco Civil Aviation Authority (ONDA) to install its revolutionary high-speed hold baggage explosives detection system, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, in the new passenger terminal at Marrakech’s Menara Airport.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT provides an imaging solution based on Smiths Detection’s dual-energy, dual-view X-ray technology and Computed Tomography (CT). Its large tunnel opening and fast belt speed of 98 feet per minute (0.5 metres per second) enables screening of up to 1800 bags per hour.

The order, the first of its kind from a North African country, closely follows similar contracts with Santiago International Airport in Chile and Bremen Airport, Germany.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is the fastest, largest tunnel-sized checked baggage screening system that is EU Standard 3 and TSA certified.

Andrew Davis, Head of Market, Europe South & West at Smiths Detection, said: “This order illustrates both our growing relationship with ONDA and the recognition by major airports that this revolutionary technology offers an ideal, cost-efficient combination of enhanced baggage security and faster throughput.”

Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.