Smiths Detection announced its partnership with Gold Coast Airport in Australia, part of Queensland Airports Limited, to trial Smiths Detection’s latest CT technology screening systems for passenger carry-on baggage.
As part of the trial, Smiths Detection introduced an advanced integrated checkpoint solution that will assist to deliver more stringent security, whilst improving passenger experience. The key focus will be on the ECAC EDS CB C3 approved HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system using CT technology to produce 3D images, which allows security officers to inspect cabin baggage effectively without the need for passengers to remove items such as laptops, gels or liquids. This is supported by iLane.evo, an automatic tray-handing system and Checkpoint Evo Plus, a checkpoint management software that effectively facilitates remote screening of the scanned images. Since the implementation in January, Gold Coast Airport management and staff have seen a significant enhancement in facilitation at the security screening checkpoint, whilst – the security outcomes have also been enhanced.
The six-week trial—which ended on March 1—was implemented ahead of new security regulations expected to take effect in Australia in coming years. The equipment was designed to enhance airport security by improving the efficiency of the screening process and detection ability.
Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said she was pleased with the trial results which had received positive feedback from both passengers and security staff.
“The new screening process was a real success with passengers. With the new technology, they didn’t have to remove laptops or liquids and gels from their carry-on luggage,” she said.
“The security outcome was positive, with the CT equipment providing improved threat detection, without the need to impose on passenger privacy to search through personal belongings, while also resulting in a better overall experience for customers.”
As the tourism gateway for south east Queensland and northern NSW, Gold Coast Airport is the sixth busiest airport in Australia, welcoming 6.6 million visitors in the 2018 financial year. As the aviation hub to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations¹, the airport is a major enabler to the $4.7 billion Gold Coast tourism industry2.
Jordan Thrupp, Smiths Detection Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand said the company would continue to work closely with Gold Coast Airport in the future.
“We work closely with airports across the world to improve aviation security that resolves the challenges that they face. A recent successful trial in Melbourne Airport, and the latest award to install CT screening systems at Darwin International and Alice Springs airports further reinforce the confidence that airports and customers have in partnering with Smiths Detection for their future security needs,” Mr Thrupp said.
“We will work closely with Gold Coast Airport, and all other airports in the region, to ensure this next generation equipment is well understood and we hope to implement the systems before 2020.”
The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has both TSA AT-2 certification and ECAC EDS CB C3 approval.