Smiths Detection to supply Heathrow with advanced hold baggage scanners

Smiths Detection has won a contract to supply Heathrow Airport with 17 HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners, a revolutionary type of X-ray inspection system that checks hold baggage for explosives.

The high-speed system that offers X-ray technology and high-resolution 3D computed tomography, will be used in this instance to inspect outsize (out-of-gauge) baggage before loading into the aircraft hold. Delivery will begin during the summer of 2015.

Richard Ingram, President of Smiths Detection, said: “HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is an ideal, cost- effective way to enhance security for all hold baggage and we are delighted that one of the world’s major airports agrees. The systems are now operating successfully in airports in South America, and continental Europe. Smiths Detection already provides all of Heathrow’s terminals with X-ray screening and Trace detection systems for hand luggage, and this latest award reinforces our close partnership.”

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT’s large tunnel opening facilitates rapid, easy and efficient inspection of all baggage, including oversized objects. Manual checking or the use of other equipment is minimized and it has been specifically developed to be integrated into existing baggage handling systems. A belt speed of 0.5 metres per second enables up to 1800 bags per hour to be screened.

HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has been evaluated by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) in accordance with Standard 3 and is certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), fulfilling current regulatory requirements for the security inspection of checked-in baggage. The new Hold Baggage Screening equipment enables Heathrow to be the first UK airport to commit to meeting the new European regulation.

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.