Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI) has announced a $65 million five-year agreement to provide X-ray inspection systems to help protect US Federal Government buildings across the country. Federal Protective Service (FPS), part of the Department of Homeland Security, chose SDI’s sophisticated X-ray systems and maintenance to help its agency detect potential threat items entering federal facilities.
FPS is divided into 11 regions nationwide and is responsible for protecting more than 9,000 federal facilities around the US. SDI’s advanced X-ray inspection systems will be used to screen employees’ and visitors’ personal bags and other belongings as well as packages and deliveries, before entering buildings. These new systems will be delivered and installed through 2021, and SDI’s service team will maintain the systems through 2026. This award is similar to SDI’s previous FPS national lease agreement in 2009.
SDI produces a broad range of checkpoint screening solutions for mail, parcels, baggage, freight, and explosives detection. Around the globe, its X-ray inspection equipment plays a vital role in aviation security, customs inspections and in protecting national critical infrastructure.It is a longtime supplier to agencies across the US government, such as TSA and CBP. SDI’s X-ray inspectionsystems offer the highest image quality in the industry, a vital factor in the search for explosives, weapons and contraband in baggage, mail and freight. Its lines include HI-SCAN, as well as Baggage & Freight.
Robert Ledenko, Vice President of Security Systems at SDI, said: “Federal Protective Service’s mission to protect more than 9,000 government buildings is a tremendous responsibility. Thanks to our longtime working relationship, FPS knows SDI as a trusted partner and has confidence in our technology and industry-leading service and support, which ensures mission continuity. It is an honor to help protect these critical structures and the lives of everyone who uses them by providing our state-of-the-art technology.”