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4 July 2024

Cutting-edge technology will identify potential threats in luggage without requiring the removal of electronics and liquids

Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, and a business of Smiths Group plc, today announces that it is partnering with Flughafen Zürich AG (Zurich Airport) to trial the use of the industry-leading HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S carry-on baggage X-ray scanners and the iLane A20 ATRS, the smart automatic tray return system, at two security lanes in the airport.

The 3D images produced by Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX will allow some of Zurich’s 2.7 million* monthly passengers to leave their liquids and electronics in their carry-on luggage as they pass through security, resulting in a more convenient and streamlined security screening experience. 

In addition to providing more efficient and effective security screening, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is the most energy efficient scanner of its type available in the market, featuring low noise levels, zero vibration, and a 30% higher belt speed than other CT X-ray scanners – helping to promote a calmer checkpoint. The iLane ensures a consistent flow of trays and provides a seamless checkpoint journey. 

Alongside passengers, employees at security checkpoints will also benefit from the installation of the CT scanners via the addition of “remote screening” capabilities. This means that security staff no longer have to check the images of the baggage contents directly next to the devices, but can work from a separate room, facilitating a quieter and more concentrated work environment.

Zurich Airport will test the CT equipment in various configurations over several months in order to optimise the layout of the new security lanes, with the intention of equipping all 26 lanes with this cutting-edge technology in the future. Although passengers will be able to leave liquids in their bags, the maximum container size of 100ml and total carry-on size of one litre rules will remain in place until further notice.

Matthew Clark, VP Commercial, Smiths Detection, commented: “We are delighted that Zurich Airport has selected Smiths Detection to trial the use of this leading technology that will enhance security outcomes and improve efficiency, providing a smoother experience for passengers and staff alike.”

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*According to https://www.aviation24.be/airports/zurich-zrh/zurich-airport-sees-record-passenger-numbers-in-may-2024/

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 deliver 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: http://www.smithsdetection.com/diffraction  

About the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S:

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S is an advanced screening of carry-on baggage using CT (Computed Tomography) X-ray to deliver a high level of explosive detection and can allow for cabin baggage to be scanned without removing electronic devices and liquids – expediting the screening process. ECAC EDS CB C3 approval and featured on the TSA's CPSS QPL & APL for base, medium and large configuration checkpoint CT checkpoint screening systems. The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX Model S is the most energy efficient checkpoint CT on the market, helping to lower the total cost of ownership and reduce customer energy demands compared to similar products.

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