Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract by Australia’s Gold Coast Airport to enhance its cabin bag screening with advanced Computed Tomography (CT) screening systems. The announcement follows a successful six-week trial completed in March this year.
Servicing both international and domestic airlines, Gold Coast Airport welcomes almost 6.5 million passengers per year, which is forecast to more than double by 2037. To meet increasing passenger volumes and mandated government regulations to be CT-compliant, Gold Coast Airport will install up to twelve HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX screening machines within the passenger screening point during the next three years. Initial installation will see four CTiX units installed at the existing screening point in April 2020, with the remaining eight units to be installed in line with the opening of the southern terminal expansion and refurbishment of the existing terminal.
Gold Coast Airport General Manager Operations and Service Delivery, Brett Curtis, said the equipment, which uses 3D technology to improve detection of suspicious items, will streamline security processes.
“Because this technology allows bags to be screened without personal belongings like laptops, gels and liquids having to be removed, it results in a significant reduction in wait times at the passenger security checks,” he said. “The trial was successful and we found the scanner worked well from security, operational efficiency and passenger experience perspectives.”
The integrated security lanes at Gold Coast Airport will include the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system that uses CT technology and produces high resolution 3D volumetric images, allowing liquids and electronic devices to remain in bags. In addition, Smiths Detection will supply its iLane.evo lane system with automated tray return and modular divestment counters so multiple passengers can put their belongings down for screening at the same time. Finally, the Checkpoint.Evoplus lane management solution will fully integrate the individual components of the lane onto a single platform whilst enabling remote screening.