Melbourne Airport, Terminal 4.

SMITHS Detection is working with airports in Australia to introduce the latest in Checkpoint Computed Tomography (CT) and automated lane technology, starting with a trial at Melbourne Airport.

Melbourne Airport Chief of Aviation Simon Gandy said the airport had gained valuable insights into the operation of the new technology as a result of implementing the trial in collaboration with Smiths Detection.

“Thanks to the pilot program we are able to better understand how in the future passengers can pass through security screening without having to divest their items, which simplifies the start of the traveller journey right from the outset,” Gandy said. “As Australia’s busiest 24/7 airport we will continue to find ways to implement new technology and upgrades that will improve the traveller experience from the road to the runway.”

“The quality of x-ray imagery and software functionality is also superior to what we have seen previously and will certainly shape the way the aviation industry works in the future, and we look forward to sharing our findings with airports globally.”

For the trial, Smiths Detection has integrated 3 of its latest offerings, to install the first ever ECAC EDS CB C3 certified solution in Australia. This solution delivers a more stringent security outcome while improving passenger experience, making the process more efficient without the need to remove electronic devices or carry-on liquids from baggage.

The 3 systems integrate to streamline operations and the overall screening process. This results in a highly efficient information flow, all whilst maintaining data integrity. Each component serves a specific need:

* The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system utilises the latest CT technology and provides the highest level of security while improving passenger throughput and lowering overall costs for airports

* iLane.evo is an effective automatic tray handling system, designed to provide a seamless journey through the Checkpoint while removing bottlenecks and delivering a steady flow of trays

* Checkpoint.Evo Plus Checkpoint Management Software integrates all components together to offer a single, integrated solution to better assist security staff. With highly intuitive image analysis capabilities and a management and reporting server with a real-time operational KPI dashboard, this enables instant decisions on resource allocation, identifying bottlenecks in the screening process and provides data analytics to assist with resource planning and overall administration.

Jordan Thrupp, Managing Director, Smiths Detection, said Melbourne Airport saw over 36 million visitors in FY17/18, with a strong outlook for further growth.

“This growth will lead to a continued increase in the number of passengers travelling through Melbourne Airport, and our technology can aid in improving their safety and convenience,” Thrupp said. “Smiths Detection is pleased to partner with Melbourne Airport to trial this important new capability that will significantly enhance operations and improve security.

“We look forward to assisting the Australian aviation market in understanding, and using CT technology, particularly as the Australian government works towards enhancing aviation security screening regulations.”

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