Alstef deploys improved baggage sortation software at Montreal-Trudeau

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Alstef Canada has introduced an improved version of its BAGSORT – Sortation Allocation Control (SAC) software at YUL Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, which is operated ADM Aéroports de Montréal.

The baggage handling specialist installed the Canadian hub’s current baggage handling system (BHS)  for its transborder terminal and since 2009 has overseen its transborder BHS, inclusive of the Automatic Bag Drop (ABD) stations.

The latest BAGSORT SAC upgrade enables the US Customs Border Protection (CBP) to perform pre-clearance of passengers on Canadian soil, which requires processing data related to baggage and passengers. The solution also controls the Early Bag Storage system (EBS) comprise of 450 individual conveyors.

Describing the latest collaboration as a “major project”, which involved the software development team in France the Canadian local IT and operations team, Paul Marty, Alstef Group IT Software Project Manager added: “Teamwork was fundamental to ensure the knowledge transfer of the development team to the operations team and go guarantee a smooth roll-out.”

This latest project further underlines Alstef’s commitment to working with airports in Canada. The company has completed more than 15 projects throughout Canada including 15 CATSA-funded checked-bag screening machine upgrades which required significant baggage system modifications. “We focus on long-term relationships,” said Steven Tanguy, Managing Director, Alstef Canada.

“We have completed multiple, repeat projects at many regional airports throughout Canada and have been present at all of the main hub airports including Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal, since entering the market in the early 2000s,” Tanguy concluded.

Middle East Airlines deploys SITA baggage reconciliation at Rafic Hariri Airport

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SITA and Middle East Airlines- Air Liban (MEA) have moved the airport’s baggage reconciliation system (BRS) at Rafic Hariri International Airport in Beirut and renewed a technology contract.

By installing SITA’s Bag Manager cloud solution, the air transport hub will be able to process around nine million bags per year compared to three million bags in previous years without any significant equipment investment. Subsequently, the BRS technology will significantly reduce operational costs for the airport and airline, with the server-less design avoiding on-site interventions to refresh, upgrade, maintain and support multiple obsolete devices such as servers.

Dr Adib Charif, Head of IT, MEA, commented: “SITA has been the provider of BRS at Rafic Hariri International Airport – Beirut since 2009, and we’re excited to continue our technology partnership with this next stage of our digitalisation programme. By moving a server-based system to the cloud, we’ve cut down on cumbersome operation procedures, eliminated regular maintenance costs and freed up resources to focus on other essential services. We’re committed to giving passengers a seamless passenger journey and leading the way in the region during the industry recovery.”

Representing around 40% of traffic at the Beirut hub, MEA’s Meedle East Airline Ground Handling (MEAG) represents 80% of the baggage processing at the airport, while the remaining 20% is handled by the Lebanese Air Transport, which has also installed SITA’s cloud-based BRS.

Hani El Asaad, President Middle East and Africa SITA added: “We’ve seen a global trend in the rate of mishandled bags increasing in line with the rapid resumption of international travel. Technology holds the solutions to the challenges our industry is facing during this transformative post-pandemic period, where airports and airlines need to achieve more with less.”

Alstef Group upgrades Male Airport baggage system

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The gateway to the Maldives, Malé Airport has tasked Alstef Group with upgrading its baggage handling system.

Located on Hulhule Island in the North Male Atoll, near the main island of Male, the airport is the main port of entry for tourists visiting the popular Maldives islands. It includes a seaplane terminal for tourists wanting to access the surrounding island resorts.

The new baggage system will include an outbound Hold-Bag Screening (HBS) upgrade with the integration of four new (EDS ) machines delivering screened bags to four make-up laterals. Alstef Group will implement its high-level sortation control software – BAGWARE – and integrate a new Baggage Reconciliation System (BRS) to reduce security risks and lost bags. In addition the project will include the extension of four inbound carousels and an upgrade of the carousel drive units.

Commenting on Alstef’s appointment, Rajesh Kalra, Alstef Group’s General Manager Asia said: “Glidepath, now part of the Alstef Group, has been working with Malé Airport since 1990. Our thorough understanding of the existing BHS and our extensive knowledge of performing upgrades in operational airports without impacting operations, assisted in preparing a winning proposal.”

SITA partners with Alstef Group on speedy self-bag drop solution

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Mexico City’s Felipe Angeles International Airport has become the first hub to install 20 Swift Drop units – the new self-bag drop solution from SITA and baggage handling specialist Alstef Group. According to SITA, Swift Drop “significantly” speeds up the experience of checking in baggage.

Passengers using Swift Drop are able to check their bags promptly, avoiding long queues at traditional check-in points. This will give passengers more time to spend airside, providing a boost to airports’ retail revenues. Once a passenger has printed their own bag tags without need for assistance bags can be loaded directly onto the accessible conveyor that is situated close to the ground.

“In airports globally, our Smart Path passenger solutions has delivered faster, automated passenger experiences,” said Drew Griffiths, Head of SITA at Airports. “The partnership with Alstef Group – leveraging their significant baggage handling portfolio – enriches our end-to-end offering with a fast, convenient and reliable self-bag drop solution. This solution has the added benefit of being easily biometrically enabled.”

Part of SITA’s Smart Path passenger processing portfolio, Swift Drop is comprised of SITA’s TS6 Kiosk and Alstef Group’s fully integrated bag processing solution. The system is capable of identifying overweight and oversized bags in seconds. Advanced camera tag-reading technology ensures baggage will also be processed faster, with an average first-time tag read rate of 95%.

Meanwhile Philippe Hamon, Sales Director, Airport Solutions, Alstef Group said: “Taking the stress out of baggage is fundamental to any passenger’s journey. Our baggage processing solutions have been successfully implemented in hundreds of airports globally to do exactly that. It is therefore pleasing that we can extend theses benefits to the whole passenger journey through our partnership with SITA.”

PTEParis: Zurich Airport collaborates with Materna IPS to deploy self drop installation

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Materna IPS, which is exhibiting at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) in Paris has completed the installation of its self bag drop installation at Zurich Airport in Switzerland. The installation will not only decrease the average passenger transaction time, but it will also significantly reduce waiting times during check-in.

A total of 20 self-service units are now available for passengers to use at the airport, which is a popular gateway both in and outside the country. The double units in front-loader design resemble regular counters with baggage placed on the belt from the front and the first airlines to make the new technology available to their passengers are SWISS, Edelweiss, Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines. Other carriers are expected to follow in the coming months.

“The self-bag drop service allows different airlines to operate at the same counter,” said Roman Jung, Project Manager Self Bag Drop, Flughafen Zurich. “This increases flexibility in the check-in process and enhances passenger convenience by providing additional bag drop points.”

The completion of this project at Zurich Airport marks a new chapter for Materna in improving the passenger journey at the airport and further demonstrates the airport suppliers expansion throughout Europe.



Princess Juliana Airport awards baggage handling contract to Alstef Group

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Alstef Group has been selected by Princess Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten, to rebuild its baggage handling system (BHS) as part of a major national recovery project following extensive damage to the airport caused by Hurricane Irma in 2017.

The BHS replacement includes an outbound sortation system with 22 check-in locations, 12 self-serve bag drops, two in-line standard 3 CT x-ray machines, a manual encode lane and automatic sortation to three make-up carousels controlled by Alstef Group’s proprietary Bagsort Lite software. The new inbound system will comprise three horizontal carousels with feed lines.

Philippe Hamon, Alstef Group Airport Sales Director, commented: “The evaluation criteria for this project were heavily weighted on the proponent’s ability to meet the technical specification requirements and a proven history of comparable BHS project deliveries.”

He added that only the offers that met the performance and compliance criteria progressed to the economic assessment. “This project award proves Alstef Group’s ability to offer technically compliant, economical solutions backed up by a well-established track record.”

Describing the BHS installation as a critical milestone for the airport’s rebuild project, Mirto Breel, Project Director of the PIJA operating company noted that “with the commencement of the main reconstruction works in Q4,2021, we are looking forward to the new and improved baggage handling system and a healthy, long-term working relationship with Alstef Group.”

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Incheon Airport partners with Smiths Detection for supply of security screening equipment

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Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract to supply Incheon International Airport in South Korea with checkpoint security screening equipment. The agreement was made through Smiths Detection’s local partner, Donggok Precision, to supply a suite of passenger baggage screening equipment at the airport’s Terminal 1.

Incheon Airport previously partnered with Smiths Detection to provide its high-speed explosives detection system, HI-SCAN 10080 XCT for hold baggage screening in 2021 and successfully trialled the security screening specialist’s Ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kit in 2020.

This latest agreement will see Smiths Detection provide the air transit hub with ten HI-Scan 6040 CTiX scanners, nine iLane ASC automatic tray return system (ATRS) units and an advanced checkpoint and screening management solution, Checkpoint.Evo, to connect all x-ray units and operator workstations.

The scanners which use Copmuted Tomography (CT) technology can generate 3D images that deliver a very high level of detection and low false alarm rates. Meanwhile the ATRS units will increase baggage throughput and alleviate bottle necks during the passenger screening process. To accommodate specific local space requirements the units will be customised to allow for fire shutters to close through the lane in case of an emergency. According to Smiths Detection, the introduction of Checkpoint.Evo will enable Incheon Airport to become one of a handful of airports currently able to conduct remote screening.

In addition, Smiths Detection will deliver a comprehensive training programme, which will include face-to-face training.

Commenting on the contract Aurelien Guilbert, Smiths Detection’s Managing Director of North & South Asia, said: “we’re delighted to have been chosen by Incheon International Airport to supply a range of our products, continuing to delivery leading-edge technology for security and efficiency. Our technology will further enhance ICN’s existing security measures while streamlining the passenger journey from check-in to take off. As the travel industry continues its steady recovery there is no better time to introduce new security technology.”

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Alstef strengthens partnership with Nice Cote d’Azur Airport

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Having collaborated for 10 years already, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport in the south of France has entrusted Alstef Group to oversee the renovation of the baggage handling system for T2.1.

This latest agreement between the two companies will see Alstef handling the renovation of the check-in and reclaim areas with 32 check-in counters and three reclaim carousels and one out of gauge format line. The modernisation programme also includes furniture, display suspensions, screens, access control and some finishing works.

Nice Côte d’Azur first appointed Alstef to oversee the installation of its baggage handling system in its Terminal 1 10 year ago, while Alstef’s support team currently handles maintenance of the existing Terminal 1 BHS and is also upgrading the Terminal 2.2.

The latest project schedule is expected to involve six months of phased site work to ensure terminal operations are maintained throughout the install. Commissioning is planned for March 2023.

Smiths Detection launches iCMORE Currency to tackle the fight against money laundering

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According to the UN office on drugs and crime, the estimated amount of money laundered globally in one year is  2-5% of global GDP, or $800 billion – $2 trillion in current US dollars. Bulk currency is hard to distinguish from other organic objects on the x-ray image, for example a bar of soap, making it difficult for security operators to detect with currency technology .

To tackle the global issue of money laundering Smiths Detection, which specialises in threat detection and security screening technologies, has launched its latest automated detection algorithm; currency recognition software, iCMORE Currency.

The software is the latest addition to Smiths Detection’s family of automatic target recognition applications and can detect upward of 100 banknotes in US dollars, Euros and Saudi Riyal, rolled or stacked in hand luggage and daypacks. iCMORE Currency can be seamlessly integrated into Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN technology to support customs and security operators at border crossings and airports, as well as at cross border railway stations, cruise lines and ports.

Cymoril Métivier, Digital Market Director, Smiths Detection said: “We are very pleased to announce iCMORE Currency, the latest round of enhancements for our HI-SCAN series. Money laundering is a global issue, it damages economies by removing money that would otherwise go towards tax and investment, fuels criminal activity and promotes the underground market for illicit goods and services. iCMORE Currency will be a vital tool in the ongoing fight against money laundering and equip customs operators with easily adaptable technology, within existing Smiths Detection scanning machines, across a wide variety of different scenarios, without compromising speed, efficiency or accuracy.”

Siemens Logistics unveils solution for automated emptying of ULDs at airports

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Siemens Logistics has launched VarioTip, a product for the automated unloading of baggage from unit load devices (ULDs). VarioTip’s powerful tilting device enables it to empty up to 20 UlDs (the equivalent of around 800 items of baggage) per hour in the arrivals and transfer zone.

Once unloaded, the baggage is efficiently singulated and fed into the existing system. Airports that opt for VarioTip instead of manual processing can achieve a significantly higher continuous baggage throughput in a shorter time frame. They also benefit from minimal manual intervention and enhanced ground handling ergonomics.

“With our latest development, we are supporting the growing demand for automated processes in airports,” said Michael Reichle, CEO of Siemens Logistics.

“The VarioTip technology is both extremely robust and highly sophisticated, significantly increasing the degree of automation in baggage handling. This offers our customers an optimised work environment and higher productivity, as well as a clear competitive advantage.”