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22 April 2024

State-of-the-art technology will detect potential threats in baggage without the need to remove electrical items and liquids

Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies, and part of the Smiths Group, today announces it is supplying Belfast International Airport with the industry-leading HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX carry-on baggage X-ray scanners and the iLane A20SC ATRS, the smart automatic tray return system.

The 3D images produced by the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX will allow passengers to leave liquids and large electronics in their carry-on baggage as they pass through security. Coupled with an automatic tray return system, the technological upgrades will revolutionise the passenger experience at the airport. The systems will be rolled out in line with the UK government’s mandate to introduce computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanners.

In addition to speeding up security, the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is the most energy-efficient scanner of its type on 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 delivers a steady flow of trays and provides a seamless checkpoint journey by reducing queues and improving operational efficiency at the passenger checkpoints.

Today’s news follows the announcement that VINCI Airports, Belfast International Airport’s owner, will be investing £100m to improve operational efficiency, passenger experience and environmental performance at the airport with the construction of a new security building and upgrades to the passenger terminal.

Andy Evripides, Head of Market NW Europe, Smiths Detection, said, “We’re delighted to begin this partnership with Belfast International Airport to provide them with the leading technology that will enhance security outcomes and improve efficiency for a smoother passenger experience.”

Nabeel Gill, Head of Security Belfast International Airport said, “Belfast International Airport plays a pivotal role for aviation, tourism and the wider local economy. We are committed to sustainably developing the security standards of the airport and increase operational efficiency. This new generation of technology will ensure a safe and efficient experience for our passengers.”



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.

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About Smiths Group 
Smiths Detection is part of the 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.

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