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30 January 2013

Smiths Detection, part of global technology business Smiths Group, today announces a €19 million contract with the Italian Customs Agency to supply high-energy, X-ray cargo scanners for deployment at six major ports including Naples, Genoa and Bari. 

The HCVG™ viZual inspection systems, which can detect contraband, narcotics and weapons, will also be used for confirming cargo details to ensure customs and excise duty and trade taxes are in order.

Able to inspect up to 20 containers, trucks or vans an hour, the gantry-mounted scanners can penetrate steel 330mm thick.  A detailed X-ray image, which features organic and inorganic material discrimination, is produced by a single scan of the load. 

Ian May, Senior Vice President of Sales, Smiths Detection said: “We have worked closely with Italian customs for many years, not only supplying detection systems but also providing the highest standard of after-market service. This latest contract underlines the continuing success of our customer-driven approach.”

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