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New Software Aims To Improve Airport Security Checkpoint Screening

Smiths Detection has launched an integrated airport security suite. Checkpoint.Evo software has been designed to improve the inspection and integration capacities of airport security checkpoints.

Checkpoint.Evo connects individual sensors to a fully networked checkpoint system to provide real-time data collection, distribution and management. Its centralized remote screening aims to speed up inspection of hand luggage because image evaluation and alarm resolution from, for instance, X-ray scanners can be centrally monitored away from the noise and distractions of the checkpoint.

In addition, advanced recheck functions electronically mark suspicious areas in bags to enable a more focused search for illegal items by on-the-spot operators, resulting in faster throughput and reduced queuing times.

Checkpoint.Evo’s data management capabilities offer real-time and historical data for analysis and reporting which allows airport operators to share information and monitor the entire screening operation via remote portable devices, such as tablet PCs. It also enables earlier intervention for corrective maintenance.

Prior to the Checkpoint.Evo launch, the company announced on January 13 it had successfully installed a range of advanced detection equipment for Emirates Group Security at its facility in Dubai World Central, a purpose-built economic support zone around the new AI Maktoum International Airport.

As part of this Multi-million Dirhams contract, Smiths Detection supplied four dual view HI-SCAN 180180-300kV-2is, medium energy X-ray cargo inspection systems for pallets and LD-3 airfreight containers, two dual view HI-SCAN 100100T-2is,  for screening oversized baggage and bulky freight, and two HI-SCAN 7555si systems. The HI-SCAN 180180-2is scanners are connected via a dedicated compact server provided by Smiths Detection allowing central storage as required by Emirates and Dubai Airports.

The cargo screening developed for this facility also includes centralized monitoring, where an operator dedicated to each machine works in a closed, isolated central control room analyzing the images with minimum distractions. This system complements Emirates Group Security’s layered aviation security regime approach.

In order to meet application requirements of the newly built cargo handling facility, the HI-SCAN 180180-300kV-2ismedium energy (300 kV) X-ray cargo inspection system is equipped with tunnel dimensions of 1800mm width and 1800mm height to meet the needs of airports and customs facilities where high security and total screening is required.

Equipped with a dual view facility and a low conveyor belt, the HI-SCAN 100100T-2is allows operators to handle heavy objects and containers.

Editor’s note: Read Smiths Detection’s Barbara Zanzinger’s Homeland Security Today report on checkpoint security here.

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