Smiths Detection

What we do

Smiths Detection is a global leader in detection and screening technologies for the protection of people and assets, supporting safety, security and freedom of movement in today’s world.

We work with customers in a broad range of markets including aviation, ports & borders, defence and urban security, providing complete solutions that address existing and emerging threats.

Smiths Detection’s reputation is underpinned by extensive experience, differentiated technology, and a strong track record of success.

A global presence

We sell our products in over 200 countries and territories. We have five Research & Development centres that design and develop the latest innovations in detection technology. We’re a trusted partner to many of the world’s governments that require the security, scalability and operational efficiency of our solutions to keep populations safe.

  • £721m
    2021 revenue
  • £99m
    2021 headline operating profit
  • c.2,750
  • 200

“Airports, airlines and authorities around the world rely on our expertise in delivering integrated solutions to keep their passengers, customers and infrastructure safe from threats”

Our markets

We support customers in four main market sectors; aviation, ports and borders, urban security and the military. Each relies on our experience, knowledge and performance to help ensure the safety and security of people and assets.



  • Persistent and evolving terror threats
  • Changing security regulations in the aviation market 
  • Growing urbanisation and the need to protect people and assets in these environments
  • Global growth in e-commerce and passenger numbers
  • Equipment replacement cycle, typically 7-10 years
  • Growth of transportation infrastructure in Asia, Latin America and Africa 

Our solutions

Solutions include chemical and radiation detection, heavy cargo and vehicle inspection, people screening, explosive and narcotic detection and x-ray screening. We also specialise in integrated solutions for checkpoints, hold baggage and air cargo.

We have an extensive global aftermarket service that ensures operations continue to meet all regulatory standards and future proof customer investments with upgrade options and preventative maintenance programmes.

Our customers include over 100 governments and their agencies.

Division strategy

Our strategy is to maintain our position as a leading technology provider by building high-integrity detection solutions that support our customers’ evolving security needs.

We will accelerate growth by working closely with our partners, suppliers and regulatory bodies to deliver a highly agile approach to changing security threats. We will create value by continually improving our hardware and digital solutions, making it easier for customers to engage with us and by becoming more efficient.



  • At least maintaining our share of the installed base during recapitalisation periods
  • Continued product development and certifications to support growth
  • Continued focus on higher-growth regions supported by contract wins



  • Globalise, standardise and streamline our internal processes utilising continuous improvement initiatives and leveraging global best practices 
  • Focus on supplier development and reduction of COPQ


Get in touch with the experts at Smiths Detection:
Smiths Detection
Smiths Detection
Century House
Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom
T: +44 (0) 1923 658 000 Web