The Gold Coast Airport in Australia, part of
Queensland Airports Limited, recently trialed Smiths Detection’s latest
CT technology screening systems for passenger carry-on baggage.
As part of the trial, Smiths Detection
introduced an advanced integrated checkpoint solution designed to deliver more stringent security, whilst improving passenger
The key focus was on the ECAC EDS CB
C3 approved HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system using
CT technology to produce 3D images, which allows security officers
to inspect cabin baggage effectively without the need for
passengers to remove items such as laptops, gels or liquids.
That was supported by iLane.evo, an automatic tray-handing system and
Checkpoint Evo Plus, a checkpoint management software that
effectively facilitates remote screening of the scanned images.
The six-week trial, which ended on
1 March, was implemented ahead of new security regulations
expected to take effect in Australia in coming years.
Airport Chief Operating Officer Marion Charlton said she was
pleased with the trial results which had received positive
feedback from both passengers and security staff.
screening process was a real success with passengers. With the new
technology, they didn’t have to remove laptops or liquids and gels
from their carry-on luggage,” she said. “The security outcome
was positive, with the CT equipment providing improved threat
detection, without the need to impose on passenger privacy to
search through personal belongings, while also resulting in a
better overall experience for customers.”
As the tourism
gateway for south east Queensland and northern NSW, Gold Coast
Airport is the sixth busiest airport in Australia, welcoming 6.6
million visitors in the 2018 financial year. As the aviation hub
to one of Australia’s most popular holiday destinations, the
airport is a major enabler to the $4.7 billion Gold Coast tourism
Jordan Thrupp, Smiths Detection Managing Director of
Australia and New Zealand said the company would continue to work
closely with Gold Coast Airport in the future.
“We work closely
with airports across the world to improve aviation security that
resolves the challenges that they face. A recent successful trial
in Melbourne Airport, and the latest award to install CT screening
systems at Darwin International and Alice Springs airports further
reinforce the confidence that airports and customers have in
partnering with Smiths Detection for their future security needs,” Mr Thrupp said. “We will work closely with Gold Coast Airport,
and all other airports in the region, to ensure this next
generation equipment is well understood and we hope to implement
the systems before 2020.”
The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX has both TSA
AT-2 certification and ECAC EDS CB C3 approval.