Smiths Detection (Watford, UK) has won a major contract to supply ten Spanish airports, including Madrid, Barcelona and Malaga, with more than 120 high-speed x-ray scanners to check hold baggage for explosives and other threat items.
The HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is, which accepts baggage sizes of up to 100 x 80 cm, can screen as many as 1,800 bags per hour. Its dual view feature allows the operator to "look around" objects for rapid and accurate evaluation, cutting re-inspection rates and saving on time and labor costs.
The multi-million Euro order with Spanish airport operator AENA, due for delivery this year, was agreed through Tecosa, Smiths Detection's representative in Spain.
Deployment of the HI-SCAN 10080 EDX-2is, which can also scan oversized luggage, will allow the airports to meet the strict Standard 2 requirements of recent European Union legislation on security screening.
Smiths Detection is part of Smiths Group which employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.
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