Sydney Airport Upgrades Security with Smiths Detection Technology –

Sydney Airport is upgrading its carry-on bag and hold baggage screening with Computed Tomography (CT) based explosives detection systems (EDS) from Smiths Detection.

The airport is running a trial aimed at boosting its Terminal 1 hold-baggage security with the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT.

This follows a successful trial of the CT-based HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX for carry-on bag screening, and makes Sydney Airport the first in Australia to trial the EDS in a ‘live’ operational hold-baggage environment.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT (pictured) is both TSA certified and Standard 3.1 approved – the highest defined security standards in the industry. It uses CT technology to produce high-resolution 3D images which provides low false alarms rate, high automatic threat detection and enables an accurate analysis of the bag’s contents.

Smiths Detection HI-SCAN 10080 XCT. Click to enlarge.

The previous trial completed successfully on 14 October 2019, featuring the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX, a CT-based carry-on bag screening system at the checkpoint. The CT technology produces high-resolution 3D images and allows passengers to leave electronic devices and liquids in bags, making security checks less intrusive.

“CT scanning allows operators to quickly and accurately ascertain the contents of a bag without needing to physically open it,” said Matt Duffy, General Manager Operations, Sydney Airport. “That means faster and more efficient processing and, in turn, a more seamless airport experience for our passengers. We’re committed to continuing to invest in cutting-edge technology to ensure not only a smoother journey for travellers, but the highest possible standards of safety and security.”

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is installed on a mezzanine platform. The buildability of the platform went through a series of simulations and modifications that were managed by Smiths Detection from end-to-end. Existing X-ray scanner was in operation throughout the construction of the platform and the installation of the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT. Operational downtime was prevented which attributes to a successful trial.

Jordan Thrupp, Managing Director of Smiths Detection Australia and New Zealand, said, “Sydney Airport is the country’s busiest airport, handling as many as 44.4 million passengers in 2018[1]. We are confident that our technology will provide a higher level of detection capability, speed up bag processing and help improve the airport’s operational efficiency, future proofing security operations for Australia’s major aviation hub.”

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