Southeast Asian e-commerce giant enhances security with industry-leading aviation security equipment
Smiths Detection, leading threat-detection and security technology company, has been awarded a contract to supply Lazada Express – Lazada Thailand’s delivery arm – with two advanced HI-SCAN 100100V-2isX-ray inspection systems enabled with iCMORE Lithium Batteries, to help automatically detect undeclared, unsecured lithium batteries which are capable of igniting when shipped by air.
This deployment is in response to the e-commerce surge in Thailand following COVID-19 lockdowns, in which Lazada added 26,000 new merchants to its platform in March 2020 alone. This surge also saw an increased interest in electronics, like computers, among Thai consumers. Lithium batteries often found in electronics pose a hazardous threat; since 2006, the US Federal Aviation Administration has recorded approximately 300 incidents of smoke, heat, fire or explosion involving lithium batteries in air cargo or baggage.
Smiths Detection’s Managing Director of North Asia, Aurelien Guilbert said, “We are confident that Smiths Detection’s cargo screening technology combined with AI-enabled automatic detection capabilities will strengthen Lazada Express’ security capabilities. With smart, adaptable algorithms, iCMORE provides powerful, automatic detection to help reduce burden on image analysts while improving screening outcomes. This will also secure everyday operations to protect the safety of the air cargo sector and Lazada Express’ workers.
The HI-SCAN 100100V-2 is equipped with two 160kV generators in 90° opposition, providing a horizontal and vertical view of the screened object (dual-view) making image analysis easier. This screening method facilitates reliable inspections of tightly packed objects in one process, shortening inspection times. The iCMORE is an automatic object recognition tool designed for optimal detection performance. The process requires minimal training and generates a very low false-alarm rate.