Smiths Detection Unveils Advanced Checkpoint Solution for Middle East Airports

Smiths Detection, a global leader in providing government regulated systems to detect CBRNE threats, today unveiled its latest advanced security solution, the Checkpoint. Evo during the ongoing Intersec 2015 event in Dubai. The new solution has been designed to significantly enhance efficiencies at airports in the Middle East while also offering a fast and hassle free security experience for passengers.

Checkpoint.Evo is an innovative solution that immensely enhances the inspection and integration capacities of airport security checkpoints. Checkpoint.Evo connects individual sensors to a fully networked checkpoint system to provide real-time data collection, distribution and management thereby improving both the inspection process and operational efficiency. Its centralised remote screening helps speed up inspection of hand luggage, as image evaluation and alarm resolution can be centrally monitored away from the noise and distractions of the checkpoint.

In addition, the advanced recheck functions of Checkpoint.Evo electronically mark suspicious areas in bags, to enable a more focused search for illegal items by on-the-spot operators, resulting in faster throughput and reduced queuing times. Furthermore Checkpoint.Evo’s data management capabilities offer real-time and historical data for analysis and reporting which allows airport operators to share information and monitor the entire screening operation via remote portable devices, such as tablet PCs.

“Middle East is one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of passenger traffic and key airport hubs including Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha and Riyadh are striving to offer unmatched and hassle free security experience to their passengers”, said Paul Baker, Managing Director, Middle East at Smiths Detection. “Ever-rising passenger numbers and evolving security regulations mean airports face unprecedented challenges. Checkpoint.Evo meets both the current and future requirements of airport operators and we are confident that this new solution will raise aviation security to unparalleled levels of performance and quality while maintaining the highest security standards in the Middle East.”

Besides Checkpoint.Evo, Smiths Detection also showcased the IONSCAN 600, a next-generation, portable desktop system used to detect and identify trace amounts of explosives. Equipped with a proprietary non-radioactive Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) source, the IONSCAN eliminates the need for special licensing, handling or disposal requirements, making it ideal to meet the growing security demands of the global aviation and infrastructure sectors.

Weighing just 23 pounds (10.4 kilograms), the IONSCAN 600 features a built-in handle that provides easy portability. With an analysis time of less than 8 seconds, IONSCAN 600 provides accurate trace explosives detection making it an ideal checkpoint solution for busy airports.

“The Middle East is a priority region for Smiths Detection and for the past three decades, we have supported the development of this regions’ airport security infrastructure with our latest innovations. The UAE and key countries in the Middle East are witnessing exponential economic growth and infrastructure development that needs to be safeguarded against modern day threats and security challenges. Our objective of participation at Intersec 2015 is to set the agenda to discuss the security challenges of the future and measures that can be taken to mitigate them,” added Paul Baker.

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