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22 March 2024

Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and screening technology, supplied its industry leading high-energy X-ray screening equipment to safely and efficiently secure the United Nation’s COP28 summit between November 30, 2023 – December 13, 2023, at Expo City in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The event was attended by a record 85,000+ core-participants, comprised of world leaders and business executives, an 80% increase over COP27. 

To facilitate the vast quantity of footfall and goods, three types of X-ray solution were deployed to ensure that no threats entered before and during the event. The HI-SCAN 6040 DV, an advanced dual-view X-ray inspection system, was used to automatically detect explosives and liquids, alongside state-of-the-art HI-SCAN 100100T-2is and HI-SCAN 145180-2is scanners that significantly shortened inspection times and increased operational efficiency.  

Over 100 machines were used in total, with the HI-SCAN 6040 DV being the most utilised. This solution eliminated the need to re-position or re-scan objects and offered superior image quality and easy integration into tray handling systems, the ideal scanner for efficient screening in high threat applications.  

Tom Squier, Managing Director at Smiths Detection Middle East, said, “We were proud to supply our state-of-the-art X-ray screening equipment at one of the world’s most high-profile events to protect world leaders, state delegates, business executives, and technical and support teams. Delegates from Smiths Group were also honoured to have taken part in several roundtables at COP 28, sharing their relevant industry experiences and insights as part of the global transition to achieve a more sustainable future.” 




About Smiths Detection 

Smiths Detection is a global leader in threat detection and screening technologies for aviation, ports and borders, urban security and defence. With more than 70 years of field-tested experience, Smiths Detection delivers the solutions needed to protect society from the threat and illegal passage of explosives, prohibited weapons, contraband, toxic chemicals, biological agents, and narcotics – helping make the world a safer place.  For more information visit 

About Smiths Group 

Smiths Detection is part of Smiths Group. For over 170 years, Smiths Group has been pioneering progress by improving our world through smarter engineering. We serve millions of people every year, to help create a safer, more efficient and better-connected world, across four global markets:  Energy, General Industry, Safety & Security, and Aerospace. Listed on the London Stock Exchange, Smiths employs more than 15,000 colleagues in over 50 countries. For more information visit 

About COP28 

COP 28 refers to the United Nations Climate Change Conference that took place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 30 November until 12 December 2023. UN Climate Change conferences (or COPs) take place every year, and are the world’s only multilateral decision-making forum on climate change with almost complete membership of every country in the world.  To put it simply, the COP is where the world comes together to agree on ways to address the climate crisis, such as limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius, helping vulnerable communities adapt to the effects of climate change, and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. Officially, COP 28 stands for the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UNFCCC. For more information visit  

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