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