The UK’s Midlands hub, Birmingham Airport, has selected Smiths Detection to supply fully integrated checkpoints throughout Birmingham Airport as part of its £20m security screening upgrade.

The new security checkpoints will feature Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanner, which provides high resolution volumetric 3D images for quicker and deeper baggage assessment and low false-alarm rates. For passengers the implementation of the new scanning technology signals the end of having to remove liquids and laptops from hand baggage.

Other solutions being supplied to the air transport hub include the iLane automatic tray return system, while additional X-ray systems will also be deployed at staff and visitor checkpoints. Smiths Detection will also deliver a comprehensive training programme including face-to-face training for supervisors and operators.

Stephen Barker, Development & Construction Director at Birmingham Airport said: “Once built and operational in June 2024, our new pre-flight screening area will further enhance our already high standards of security as well as improve the efficiency of our operation. This improved efficiency will enable us to process customers quickly, especially at peak travel times. Customers will no longer be required to remove liquids and laptops from hand luggage.”

Barker also noted that Smiths Detection had been chosen based on the company’s proven track record in developing technology that improves safety and efficiency.

Smiths Detection’s UK Head of Market, Andy Evripides added: “Smiths Detection was awarded this contract due to our leading-edge technology solutions, consultative design process, innovative five-year support service, as well as our ongoing commitment to future technology enhancements such as automatic threat detection algorithms that can be easily integrated into our technology.”

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