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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.”

Four Mexican airports appoint Alstef to upgrade baggage carousels

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Alstef Group has begun work on upgrading inbound baggage systems at four airports in Mexico operated by Grupo Aeroportuario Del Pacifico, SAB de CV (GAP).

The airports, which include Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla International Airport in Mexico’s second-largest city, Guadalajara, General Ignacio L. Pesqueria International Airport in Hermosillo and Los Cabos International Airport will all benefit from the upgrade programme.

Licenciado Gustavo Diaz Ordaz Airport will benefit from eight new reclaim arrivals carousels, while the hub in Guadalajara will receive one new carousel, General Ignacio L. Pesqueira Airort will receive two new reclaim carousels and Los Cabos will receive four.

The projects include decommissioning and removing the existing carousels and will be phased to ensure the most negligible impact on airport operations.

“We are excited to work alongside GAP as we expand our presence in the Mexican market” states Philippe Hamon, Sales Director Airport Solutions. “We are presently installing the baggage system at the new Felipe Ángeles International Airport in Mexico City and upon completion of this project, we will have a locally-based, highly trained team to support the baggage system and to assist operators of other Mexican airports such as GAP with baggage system upgrades and maintenance works”.

The new Felipe Angeles Airport will be equipped with 120 check-ins including 20 self-service bag drops, two primary tilt-tray sorters for distribution to the six standard 3 EDS units, four transfer lines, two secondary tilt-tray sorters for sortation to the 12 make-up carousels and early bag store, and seven reclaim lines subsystems with double fed carousels. The completed system will facilitate the processing of up to 22 million passengers per annum.

Baggage screening upgrades underway at Perth Airport

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In line with the Federal Government mandate to further strengthen Australia’s domestic and international aviation security, Perth Airport is set to commence a $13m upgrade to its Checked Baggage Screening system across all terminals.

Perth Airport CEO, Kevin Brown, remarked the airport’s top priority is to ensure the safety and security of passengers and their loved ones.

“While security efforts at passenger screening points is obvious, what people don’t see is that each checked-in bag is screened prior to being loaded onto an aircraft,” said Brown. He explained that this behind-the-scenes process is crucial to ensuring safe, secure air travel.

“With the introduction of CT x-rays for all international and domestic checked baggage screening processes, the new state-of-the-art equipment will improve the efficiency of the screening process.

“The new CT x-ray machine will use 3D technology to ease detection of suspect goods in passengers’ checked baggage.”

The airport has engaged local construction company Georgiou Group to deliver the project, to ensure it’s a local investment in local jobs.

Steve Okill, Georgiou Building General Manager, said the company would leverage its experience to deliver the project at Perth Airport.

“We have a solid understanding of what Perth Airport expect when it comes to infrastructure upgrades and look forward to delivering another high-quality upgrade to PAPL,” he said.

“As this project spans all four terminals, our priority will be to minimise disruption to operations while utilising innovation to provide time and cost savings.”

In addition to improving its baggage screening processes, Perth Airport has also embarked on an upgrade to its passenger screening infrastructure across all terminals.

Rennes Bretagne extends partnership with Alstef for trial of baggage handling vehicle

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Baggage handling group, Alstef, has agreed to trial its innovative BAGXone (automated guided vehicle or AGV) at Rennes Bretagne Airport in France. The AGV is dedicated to automated hold baggage handling in the terminal

The trial is part of an AirportLAB experimentation agreement between Alstef and Rennes Airport (whose two shareholders are VINCI Airports and the Ille-et-Vilaine Chamber of Commerce and Industry). The first phase, which took place in 2021, was the operational testing of a BAGXone in the baggage delivery room at the reclaim area.

The success of the initial trial paved the way for continuation to the next phase. Now the operational testing of the latest BAGXone develops will be deployed in 2022 and underlines VINCI Airports’ desire to make its airports testing grounds for service or operational innovations.

As an extension of the trial, Alstef Group will also implement the first operational installation of BAGXone aat Belgrade Airport in Serbia by the end of the year. It is anticipated that the AGV will perform the transfer of post-screening suspect baggage to the search room and then facilitate their return (after verification) to the final sorting area.

Materna teams with Spirit to revolutionise self-bag drop at Dallas Fort Worth

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Passengers travelling with Spirit Airlines’ redesigned ticket lobby at Dallas Fort Worth in the US can make the most of the airport’s newly installed self-bag drop systems.

The new systems are equipped with the latest biometric technology to offer passengers a contactless identification process when checking bags. Around 400-500 bags are currently checked in at DFW’s new stations every day. With the biometric authentication the entire process takes up to 70 seconds, reducing the average passenger transaction time by 30% compared to previously.

“Dallas Fort Worth Airport is committed to identifying and testing innovative solutions that deliver secure, efficient and frictionless customer experiences,” said DFW Airport VP of Innovation, Jodie Brinkerhoff. “We are excited to support our partner Spirit Airlines as it introduces a self-directed, biometrically enabled check-in and bag drop process – which ultimately provide the customer with greater control and fewer requirements for face-to-face processing and document exchanges.”

Installed in collaboration with Spirit Airlines, Materna’s self-bag drop technology achieved industry recognition as the Best Airport Innovation at the 2022 APEX Awards earlier in December.

Materna first partnered with Spirit in 2019 to develop the US’ first biometric matching solution for domestic air travel. Combining it with the automated baggage handling systems enabled the airline to reduce face-to-face interaction and offer a smoother, seamless passenger check-in experience. Following a strict testing period with biometric authentication, the DFW system will replace the need for a manual ID scan by check-in staff. Materna’s biometric solution is capable of analysing key physical features on more than 50,000 forms of ID from nearly 200 countries, and also detects fraudulent documents for an extra layer of security.

“We’ve been on a mission to find opportunities to continue improving every facet of the guest experience, to include investing in automation and self-service to streamline the travel journey so guests spend less time in lobbies,” said Mike Byrom, VP of Airport Services for Spirit Airlines. “Our guests are tech-savvy, and they appreciate options. Also, limiting touchpoints and unnecessary face-to-face interactions is currently changing the way airports operate.”

Mayotte Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi Airport partners with Alstef to upgrade baggage system

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Mayotte Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi International Airport – the gateway to the French overseas territory of Mayotte in the Indian Ocean, betwen Madagascar and the coast of Mozambique – has partnered with Alstef to upgrade its baggage system. The baggage system specialist originally installed the airport’s baggage system back in 2013.

“We have maintained our relationship with the airport since completing the new terminal baggage system nearly a decade ago and are delighted to be selected again for this upgrade project,” said Thibault Chambon, Alstef Group Sales Engineer.

Part of a wider expansion of the airport, the baggage system upgrade includes new check-in conveyors, a transfer line, an outbound screening conveyor system integrating a new Standard 3 x-ray screening machine, and an extended sortation carousel. The system will also include functional improvements and expanded capacity as part of the overarching operational optimisation enhancements by airport concessionaires EDEIS, planned to address the airport’s growth requirements.

The only airport in Mayotte with scheduled services, Dzaoudzi-Pamandzi primarily offers links to destinations within Africa, metropolitan France and La Reunion Island.

“EDEIS Aéroport Mayotte is pleased to work again with Alstef Group on this major project for the airport,” said Jean Chadoutaud, EDEIS Aéroport Mayotte Deputy Director.

“This upgrade of our baggage system to European Union security standards will also increase capacity to meet territory needs for economic growth. We feel very confident about Alstef Group’s ability to achieve this project thanks to their dedicated organisation, attentiveness, and recognised experience,” he added.

The project will be phased to mitigate the impact on ongoing aiprort operations with the final phase due for completion by mid-2023.

Denver Airport partners with Materna to reveal largest self-bag drop installation in the US

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Denver International Airport has completed Phase 1 of its Great Hall Project featuring 86 new self-bag drop (SBD) systems developed by Materna IPS.

The opening of the SBD systems aligns with the airport’s extensive technological redevelopment project; and is designed to provide a seamless check-in experience with the ability to check-in over-sized luggage, like skis and snowboards. The hybrid self-bag drops are also equipped with counters and can be operated by airline staff if needed – this gives the airport increased flexibility to meet the growth demand.

The deployment of the 86 kiosks is the largest and most extensive hybrid self-bag drop installation in the US. The systems went live with Southwest Airlines in November, followed by United Airlines. Within the first two weeks, more than 35,000 bags had been processed with the newly integrated automatic baggage handling system. They also decreased the average passenger transaction time at the airport by nearly 50% during this period.

In addition to the hardware solution, Southwest Airlines will be using the Materna IPS SBD application to operate the new automated baggage handling process. Materna IPS will also be responsible for hosting the self-bag drop system within the AWS Cloud, where the availability and functionality of the SBD units are constantly monitored.

“Everyone is absolutely honoured to be part of this incredible, groundbreaking and innovative project that is revolutionising passenger handling in the US,” said Gary McDonald, President of Materna IPS, USA.