Darwin International Airport, NT. (Image by Bidgee).

SMITHS Detection has been awarded a contract by Northern Territory (NT) Airports to supply advanced Computed Tomography (CT) checked baggage and passenger screening systems in Darwin and Alice Springs airports.

This partnership with Smiths Detection makes both Darwin International and Alice Springs Airport, the first airports in Australia to adopt CT technology for their passenger screening needs. NT Airports provide critical infrastructure and services to those travelling through its airports and is an important contributor to the NT economy because of its proximity to Asia’s tourism and business markets and the strength of the resources sector in the NT.

“We want to keep customers safe, ease their transition through our airports, and provide peace of mind for everyone,” said Ian Kew, CEO of NT Airports. “We’re striving for excellence and we’re excited to partner with Smiths Detection who share the same vision and tenacity as us.”

According to Robert Phillips, head of security & contingency planning for NT Airports, the new CT screening equipment provide enhanced capabilities while maximising passenger throughput.

“Our airports will be equipped with cutting edge security technology on par with the best airports internationally,” Phillips said. “Darwin and Alice Springs will be the first airports in Australia to be fully equipped with this advanced technology. This will not only lead to fewer physical bag searches, but greater ease for passengers passing through our screening points.”

Smiths Detection will install 7 HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX units as part of an integrated checkpoint with iLane.evo, the automated tray return system for automated tray handling, to deliver a steady flow of trays so travellers at NT Airports can experience a stress-free screening process. There will be 4 HI-SCAN 10080 XCT units installed for checked baggage screening. This offers security operators higher levels of security and operational efficiency.

“Smiths Detection understands the diverse needs that airports face and is committed to improving passenger experience and security, using our world-leading technology and expertise in CT systems,” said Jordan Thrupp, managing director of Australia and New Zealand, Smiths Detection.

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has both TSA AT-2 certification and ECAC EDS CB C3 approval and the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT has the highest, defined security standard in the EU with ECAC approval as a Standard 3.1 explosives detection system for hold baggage. The projects at Darwin and Alice Springs airports are on schedule to be delivered by mid-2020.

Darwin International Airport is the busiest airport serving the Northern Territory and the tenth busiest airport in Australia. It shares runways with the Royal Australian Air Force’s RAAF Base Darwin.

Darwin Airport has an international terminal, a domestic terminal and a cargo terminal, each with shops and cafeterias. The airport serves around 30,000 flights and 2 million passengers annually.

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