Rohde & Schwarz has installed Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security (QPS) scanner at Kerry Airport. The state-of-the-art technology enables a high throughput, enhanced security, and increased safety for airport customers and staff.

The latest generation R&S QPS201 was originally launched in 2020 and features improved second-generation algorithms that increase sensitivity to further boost threat detection, while minimising false  alarms, reducing processing times and subsequently reducing physical contact.

In addition, a more efficient scanning time balances the effects of incoming new X-ray inspection systems, which scan items inside baggage that previously had to be removed, such as laptops. Leveraging Rohde & Schwarz expertise in millimeter-wave technology, and utilising machine-trained software algorithms, the scanner can detect all types of potentially dangerous objects whether metal, ceramic, plastic or liquid. .

Easy to use, the system allows for hands-down posture for scanning while its intuitive graphical displays  require minimal training and enable operators to quickly achieve full proficiency.

“Now is the right time for this investment in the future of Kerry Airport, to meet the heightened expectations for safety and security within our industry,” said Tom O’Driscoll, Chief Security Officer, Kerry Airport. “Having recently installed explosives detection systems for cabin baggage (EDS CB), we are proud to now also adopt this state-of-the-art technology in Ireland, which will set new standards for service and wellbeing.”

Rohde and Schwarz’s Gary Walker added that he was “confident that Kerry Airport and its customers will appreciate the enhancements to service, security and safety, and that others in Ireland will follow their lead.”

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