Düsseldorf Airport is introducing advanced screening technology provided by Smiths Detection
09 April 2018
Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) in Germany is introducing advanced screening technology for hold baggage provided by Smiths Detection. The introduction is in support of the airport’s upgrade to ECAC Standard 3 explosives detection systems (EDS). Awarded by the Procurement Office of the German Ministry of Interior, the contract includes 14 advanced HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners. There is also an associated eight-year service agreement. “European airports are currently very focused on upgrading to ECAC Standard 3 approved EDS to meet the new regulations,” commented Tony Tielen VP EMEA, Smiths Detection, adding: “This does, of course, require a financial investment which must be clearly weighed against any operational benefits. Airports are keen to have the assurance that future security requirements and passenger growth will be accommodated by the new technology.” HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners combine high-resolution X-ray technology, computed tomography (CT), and advanced detection algorithms to increase both security and operational efficiency significantly. With a very fast belt speed and large rectangular tunnel, these scanners offer a continuously high throughput of up to 1,800 bags/hr. Extremely sharp, full colour, high-resolution images, as well as a low false alarm rate also support the higher performance levels required by the new regulations. Meanwhile, Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has secured European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) approval as a Standard 3.1 explosives detection system for hold baggage. The company used a dual-view, dual-energy line scanner with high-resolution 3D Computed Tomography (CT) to provide improved data. With this certification, airports that are currently upgrading to Standard 3 technology will have an option to increase detection levels even further to 3.1. Additionally, any Standard 3 systems already installed can be enhanced to 3.1 through a software upgrade. Depending on the destination and associated risk level, the detection algorithms are interchangeable on a bag-by-bag basis, thereby providing added flexibility and productivity. In addition to Standard 3.1 approval, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has been certified by the US TSA as meeting current regulatory requirements for hold baggage.