Smiths Detection launches Open Architecture initiative

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Smiths Detection, which specialises in threat detection and security screening technologies, has launched an Open Architecture (OA)  initiative. Named the Ada Initiative after Ada Lovelace, a 19th Century English mathematician and writer, who was the first person to publish an algorithm, it will benefit customers across Smiths Detection’s markets in aviation, ports and borders, as well as defence and urban security.

Hardware, software and algorithms from different product suppliers can be plugged together using OA. By driving the continued development of OA, Smiths Detection will work with both start-up and established third parties for technology to be seamlessly and safely integrated with Smiths Detection’s own software and equipment.

Richard Thompson, VP Marketing Smiths Detection said: “In security operations, where there are often fragmented physical and digital components from different suppliers, OA can help get the most out of all these elements. With the Ada Initiative we are working to ensure all components seamlessly and compliantly work together, so customers can achieve operational efficiencies, improved safety outcomes and work with a more relevant, precise data ecosystem.”

He added that, “throughout this initiative, we’re working with a growing number of stakeholders to ensure we achieve a responsible, reliable and practical interoperability of technologies, and deliver ever higher standards of safety, infosec and operational benefit to users.”

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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.”

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.”

Smiths Detection enhances cargo screening with fast, reliable cost-effective solution

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Smiths Detection has launched its high speed Hi-SCAN 100100V-2is to deliver higher throughput for break bulk cargo. Designed to meet the demands of fast turnaround, high volume air cargo applications for accelerated security screening, according to Smiths Detection the new model delivers the highest performance with the smallest physical footprint.

Not only does the new model allow for increased and more efficient throughput for express forwarders, mail screening and e-commerce, it can also be utilised at mass transit checkpoint. The dual-view screening for shorter inspection times, with a 200kg conveyor load to support break cargo screening and a 1010 x 1010mm tunnel for easily handling out of gauge baggage. The new model expected to be added to the ‘Qualifier’ section of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL) in due course.

Existing HI-SCAN 100100V-2is installations can be upgraded to meet the new specifications and the ECAC compliant technology can also be integrated into material handling systems and connected to centralised screening applications for increased efficiency.

“We are delighted to be delivering enhanced capabilities for our HI-SCAN series, with the launch of the new high-speed HI-SCAN 100100V-2is, which addresses the cargo sector’s need for speed and efficiency, and the roll out of automatic weapons detection across three HI-SCAN systems,” said Richard Thompson, Global Director Aviation, Smiths Detection.

“The security screening process cannot be foregone, so implementing automated detection solutions is invaluable for enhancing the smooth flow of people and goods and more effectively tackling threats.”

London Southend partners with Smiths Detection to unveil new baggage x-ray machines

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With air travel continuing to rebound London Southend Airport has invested in two new baggage x-ray machines which together are capable of processing up to 3,600 bags every hour.

The airport recently unveiled a new trial lane within security which allows passengers to leave liquids and laptops within bags taken onboard their flight. Developed by Smiths Detection, the Hi-SCAN 10080 XCT x-ray scanning equipment offers a next generation high speed checked baggage system. Data generated from baggage passing through the system provides the highest resolution images possible to optimise detection performance while also offering 3D technology. Each machine can process up to 1,800 bags per hour.

Robson were contracted to supply the conveyor system as well as local businesses to complete the installation.

“As travel restrictions ease, so too will passenger confidence and demand,” said Glyn Jones, CEO, London Southend Airport. “We believe the airport has a bright future and continue to invest to bring local economic benefits, from connectivity to employment. The new hold bag system will ensure efficiency when processing passengers bags onto flights whilst maximising security via new x-ray screening technology.”

Meanwhile, Richard Thompson, Global Director for Aviation at Smiths Detection added: “We are delighted that London Southend Airport chose us as their partner to deploy the latest and highest specification security screening equipment. These systems will provide operational efficiencies and passenger experience improvements behind the scenes, all of which will be invaluable both as air travel picks up and many years into the future.”

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.

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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.