Heathrow selects Smiths Detection for its next generation cabin baggage and security screening equipment
Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, today announces that it has been chosen to supply integrated checkpoints throughout Heathrow Airport, featuring the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography X-rays, to deliver an advanced level of security and efficiency.
The ECAC EDS CB C3 approved CT systems will see Heathrow meet the highest regulatory requirements, while helping the leading airport achieve its vision for the future of the security checkpoint for passengers and colleagues. The integrated checkpoints feature iLane automatic tray return systems and Checkpoint.Evoplus, Smiths Detection’s checkpoint operation management solution. The award also includes a 10-year equipment service agreement.
“We are delighted to once again be given the opportunity to work closely with Heathrow Airport to provide leading-edge technologies that bring the best security outcomes and passenger experience,” said Smiths Detection President, Roland Carter. “Both Smiths Detection and Heathrow are focused on intelligent solutions that deliver efficiency, security and resilience; and these new lanes will allow for improvements to be easily integrated as technology develops.”
As part of its decision making, Heathrow sought a supplier that could deliver a large scale, innovative, end-to-end solution and integrate the lanes into the airports’ existing operational environment with no impact to capacity or passenger experience.
Each piece of the integrated checkpoint uses Smiths Detection’s leading-edge technology designed to help increase security, improve passenger experience, and enhance operational efficiency:
HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX– This CT technology cabin baggage screening system provides the highest level of detection using 3D images with low false alarm rates. It delivers advanced explosives detection and can allow for electronics and liquids to remain in bags, helping to expedite the screening process.
Checkpoint.Evoplus fully integrates the checkpoint by combining individual components of the lane onto a single, intelligent operational management solution. It enables centralised screening by delivering scanned images to operators based at separate locations, resulting in optimised resources management and reduced operational costs.
iLane – a family of automatic tray return systems that use a modular smart lane design. By delivering a steady flow of trays, iLanes help remove bottlenecks and streamline the screening process to deliver higher throughput. The family includes iLane Selfcair, iLane.evo, and iLane.pro.
This contract is part of a long-term relationship between Heathrow and Smiths Detection, which includes the supply of industry leading hold baggage CT solutions.
The first lanes will be installed in anticipation of a recovery in passenger numbers later this year.