Smiths Detection wins $63 million scanner order from TSA

Smiths Detection announced on Wednesday that it won a $62.9 million order from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration to supply automatic explosives scanners for carry-on baggage.

Under the advanced technology 2 contract, Smiths Detection will provide the TSA with its automatic threat detection identification X-ray systems. The aTiX systems use multi-view, high resolution imaging to detect explosives and other threats. Multiple aTiX systems will be installed this year at several airports throughout the U.S.

"I am proud and privileged that TSA has put its confidence in us as a partner in its mission to keep the traveling public safe," Brian Jones, the interim president of Smiths Detection, said. "Our aTiX platform provides enhanced and progressive levels of detection capability, to help protect against evolving threats to aviation security."

The aTiX platform has been installed in more than 70 U.S. airports. The system is able to detect a wide range of illegal substances and threats and can be upgraded when new threats emerge.

"Our investments in technology and infrastructure are geared to meet the needs of major customers like TSA," Terry Gibson, the vice president of Smiths Detection in the Americas, said. "Our checkpoint systems, which will be manufactured at our main U.S. facility in Maryland, provide the highest levels of both security and overall value."

Smiths Detection designs and manufactures advanced solutions to identify and detect threats, including chemical agents, biohazards, explosives, narcotics, contraband, weapons, nuclear agents and radiation. Major Smiths Detection customers include the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Defense.