Smiths Detection’s trace, chemical and nuclear materials detectors were deployed by the European Commission Counter-Terrorism Unit and Belgian Federal Police at Brussels Airport at various key locations around the city during the Nato Summit which took place on 11th-12th July, to detect potential threats from explosives, chemicals and radiation.
Three different types of trace detectors were used during the summit: TRACE-PRO to reveal traces of explosives on people, vehicles and surfaces; LCD personal chemical detectors; and the portable, desktop IONSCAN 600, which detects and identifies trace amounts of both explosives and narcotics.
Hand-held RadSeeker and HazMatID Elite systems were also deployed to detect and identify any nuclear threat materials as well as liquid and solid chemicals.
“We have been working with the European Commission for several years, providing equipment to help ensure the security of highly sensitive events,” explained Richard Thompson, Head of Market, Smiths Detection. “As part of the Commission’s threat detection trial programme, our solutions are regularly used in several law enforcement and rail security projects and at top level conferences.”
As part of the Protection of Public Spaces initiative by the European Commission, the threat detection trials aim to equip law enforcement officers with the right tools to address an increasing number of threats.
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