21 March 2019

Smiths Detection paves the way for faster, security checks at Gold Coast Airport

Security & Defence

Smiths Detection announced its partnership with Gold Coast Airport in Australia, part of Queensland Airports Limited, to trial Smiths Detection’s latest CT technology screening systems which remove the need to take out laptops or liquids from passenger carry-on baggage.

As part of the trial, Smiths Detection introduced an advanced integrated checkpoint solution that will assist to deliver more stringent security, whilst improving passenger experience. The key focus will be on the ECAC EDS CB C3 approved HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system using CT technology to produce 3D images, which allows security officers to inspect cabin baggage effectively without the need for passengers to remove items such as laptops, gels or liquids. This is supported by iLane.evo, an automatic tray-handing system and Checkpoint Evo Plus, a checkpoint management software that effectively facilitates remote screening of the scanned images. Since the implementation in January, Gold Coast Airport management and staff have seen a significant enhancement in screening efficiency and security outcomes.

The six-week trial—which ended on March 1—was implemented ahead of new security regulations expected to take effect in Australia in the coming years.

Gold Coast Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said “The new screening process was a real success with passengers. With the new technology, they didn’t have to remove laptops or liquids and gels from their carry-on luggage,” she said.

“The security outcome was positive, with the CT equipment providing improved threat detection, without the need to impose upon passenger privacy, while also resulting in a better overall experience for customers.”

Jordan Thrupp, Smiths Detection Managing Director of Australia and New Zealand said, “We will work closely with Gold Coast Airport, and all other airports in the region, to ensure this next generation equipment is well understood and we hope to implement the systems before 2020.”

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