Smiths Detection unveils new lithium battery detection for air cargo and checked baggage screening

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A leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, Smiths Detection, has launched a new lithium batteries algorithm for its dual-view air cargo and checked-baggage screening system – the HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is.

“We are continually striving to develop new technologies to ensure the safety of people globally,” said Richard Thompson, Global Director Aviation for Smiths Detection. “Harnessing the power of deep learning is crucial in further developing object recognition algorithms. This new technology has been developed by working with our customers to capture thousands of X-ray images to then be analysed by the new algorithm so it can learn to detect lithium batteries based on shape,” he explained.

Providing automatic detection of lithium batteries in all freight and baggage screened for explosives by the HI-SCAN 10090 EDX-2is, the algorithm reduces the burden on image analysts with very low false alarm rates.

With consumer demand for lithium batteries growing significantly, these batteries are the primary power source for personal and portable electronic devices. Classified as dangerous goods because of the potential for these batteries to ignite, lithium batteries pose a significant safety threat.

The lithium battery algorithm is part of Smiths Detection’s family of AI-algorithms, iCMORE, which Smiths Detection launched in July 2020, and which provides powerful automatic detection of dangerous goods and weapons across its conventional X-ray and EDS technologies using deep learning and classical material discrimination, increasing the safety of passengers, staff, goods and aircraft in a quick and efficient way.

“This algorithm will provide the powerful detection of lithium batteries while increasing efficiency and speed for users,” added Thompson.

Charlotte Douglas Airport streamlines security checkpoints with Vanderlande screening lanes

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To increase operational capacity and enhance the passenger experience Charlotte Douglas International Airport in the US undertook a $600 million terminal expansion project in 2019. The project includes the consolidation of the airport’s five security checkpoints into three high-efficiency checkpoints, all equipped with Vanderlande’s Automated Screening Lanes (ASLs) to increase throughput and enhance security.

Featuring the latest technology and powered by Vanderlande’s premium remote screening software, the ASLs will allow the airport to centralise its screening operations to further improve operational efficiency.

The modular design of the lanes also eases the transition from AT X-rays to CT technology.

“We are proud to support Charlotte Douglas International Airport in its terminal expansion  project,” said Andrew Manship, Vanderlande’s Executive Vice President in Airports and Board Member. “We are looking forward to building on this new collaborative relationship which will help the airport reach its objectives, as well as provide a seamless screening experience to its passengers.”

Kerry Airport unveils Ireland’s first Quick Personnel Security scanner

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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.”

London City Airport unveils winner of Sustainable Security Bag Challenge

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London City Airport has announced the winner of its Sustainable Security Bag Challenge. TIPA have been awarded £10,000 for developing a fully compostable security bag for London’s most central airport. An initial trial using 25,000 bags is scheduled for spring 2021 in line with the expected return of passengers to the airport.

TIPA have a decade long background in providing sustainable packaging solutions for its clients, which include the UK supermarket giant Waitrose. It’s sustainable security bag will help replace more than two million single-use plastic bags at the airport. It’s winning design is made from fully transparent materials, aligned to regulatory standards, and can be composted at home by passengers or disposed as food waste at the airport.

“When we launched this challenge we said we were looking for an innovative solution that reduces the environmental impacts associated with single-use plastics,” said Liam McKay, Director of Corporate Affairs at London City.

“I am confident that our passengers will love them because the bags are fully compostable without leaving any trace of plastics in the environment – it’s a solution that’s environmentally friendly  and gives passengers peace of mind.”

He added that with sustainability at the heart of aviation’s recovery, “London City wants to work with partners on finding innovative solutions right across the business, that will help us become one of the most sustainable airports of our size.”

TIPA’s VP of Marketing, Merav Koren said: “Consumers are more educated than ever about the impact of single-use plastic and are calling for swift implementation of sustainable solutions to plastic waste and pollution. London City Airport joins other influential players shifting toward bioplastics as a solution to single-use plastic.”

Rapiscan launches its most advanced metal detection system yet

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Rapiscan Systems the global supplier of security checkpoint and inspection technologies is launching its most advanced metal detection system to date – the Orion Metor 900M.

Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use the Metor 900M is weatherproof with IP65 protection. Suitable for passenger screening at airports and other mass transit facilities, as well as for visitor screening at stadiums and critical infrastructure protection, it is designed to detect ferrous and non-ferrous metals such as handguns, knives and other security threats.

“The 900M combines a new performance level with the latest operational capabilities, demonstrating our continued commitment to developing the most advanced, state-of-the-art technology we can, in order to keep people and places safe from security threats,” said Mal Maginnis, President, Rapiscan Systems.

One of the key features of the 900M is its ability to offer enhanced screening capabilities, while allowing operators to maintain high throughput rates. by interpreting the electromagnetic characteristics and the shape of detected metals, the screening solution is capable of detecting threats and reducing false alarms or innocuous objects. Multi-zone displays enable operators to quickly and easily identify the location of the potential threat.

According to Rapiscan they have already had interest from several airports in the 900M.

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Hamad International Airport deploys Smiths Detection latest checkpoint screening technoloty

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Hamad International Airport (HIA) in Qatar is first in the region to deploy Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX. The latest checkpoint screening technology offers advanced screening of carry-on baggage at security checkpoints using Computed Tomography (CT) X-ray. The technology enables airport operators to deliver the highest levels of security internationally and optimises checkpoint performance by expediting the screening processes helping improve the overall passenger experience.

Critically this investment in screening technology will enable passengers to keep electronic devices and liquids in their hand baggage when going through the security checkpoint procedure.

“At HIA, we are always championing the adoption of cutting-edge technologies to ensure operational excellence and deliver a seamless passenger experience,” said Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti, VP Security at HIA. “Smiths Detection has a reputation for providing market leading solutions with world-renowned standards for quality. We are proud to be the first airport in the region to introduce the latest CT screening technology available in the industry. HIA is committed to remaining at the forefront of technological advancements to continuously enhance the passenger experience while improving operational efficiency.”

To help safeguard the health and wellbeing of passengers and staff  the new systems will be partnered with fully automated tray return systems integrated with automated UV-C emitting modules that will automatically disinfect the trays before passengers handle them to further safeguard the health and safety of all HIA passengers.

New passenger screening technology has also been selected to replace the previous equipment, with HIA introducing Rohde & Schwarz Millimeter-wave body scanners and CEIA shoe scanners, reducing the need for pat-down search and shoe removal.

The new screening systems are in line with HIA’s mission to optimise various airport operations with smart solutions to cope with the disruptions caused by COVID-19 and are at the heart of the airport’s digital transformation.

Vanderlande unveils innovative security screening solution

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In response to the global airport requirement for increased checkpoint capacity Vanderlande has launched an innovative airport passenger checkpoint solution – PAX MX2  – that factors in space and human resource limitations within an airport.

The dual-lane screening concept has been designed to help airport operators optimise their equipment and CAPEX, in an environment where new and advanced technologies, such as CT screening, are increasingly being deployed in checkpoint areas.

PAX-MX2 delivers the efficiency of two conventional automated screening lanes of the same length by allowing passengers to divest and collect their belongings on either side of the screening machine. By increasing the throughput in these areas, the system allows for the CT scanner to work at full capacity while using minimal floor space and allowing for a more efficient use of staff.

“Airports are continually looking for ways to reduce their expenditure, increase their return on investment, and guarantee a positive passenger experience,” said Andrew Manship, Vanderlande’s Executive VP Airports and Board Member. “This is especially true in these challenging times. However, we’re confident that PAX MX2 will allow us to offer additional support to our customers and partners, helping them to achieve their goals and make their checkpoints future-proof.”

A prototype of the PAX MX2 is already showing promising results at Vanderlande’s facility in Santepdor, Spain where it has been deployed. Designed to be integrated with the PAX Multiplex screening software, the solution is expected to reach a throughput of up to 400 passengers per hour.