Smiths Detection wins prestigious innovation award for new HI-SCAN 10080 XCT X-ray scanner

Smiths Detection has won the ‘Best Innovator’ award, from the Airport Operators Association, for the development of its automatic explosives detection X-ray system HI-SCAN 10080 XCT.The prestigious award was presented at the AOA annual conference in London.

Nominees in the Best Innovator category had to demonstrate how their product or service would satisfy strict criteria, including: “meeting an airport’s particular needs and requirements, delivering an innovation solution to a defined need, and adding value to the airport and the services that it offers.”

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is a next generation high-speed checked baggage detection system, developed to fulfill the requirements of security authorities, airport operators and integrators. It is currently the only explosives detection system which has achieved both TSA laboratory certification and EU Standard 3 approval.

Andrew Lee, Managing Director of Smiths Detection UK, said: “This award is a major achievement that recognises our considerable investment in the system’s advanced technologies. The HI-SCAN 10080 XCTis the world’s leading technology solution to meet the new Standard 3 Hold Baggage Screening requirements that will be effective from 2018. We have developed HI-SCAN 10080 XCTto provide the most economical solution for airport hold baggage screening requirements combining high baggage throughput rates with advanced technology screening capability.”


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.

HI-SCAN 10080 XCTuses adual-energy X-ray line scanner and full 3D volumetric Computed Tomography (CT) imaging and reconstruction. It has a belt speed of 0.5 m/sec and accepts a baggage size of 100 x 80 cm. It is designed to integrate into newly implemented hold baggage system configurations, or as a replacement for current baggage handling systems.

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is a trade association representing the interests of UK airports and is the principal such body engaging with the UK Government and regulatory authorities on airport matters. For a report on the AOA annual conference, visit: