Smiths Detection wins innovation award for explosives detector

Smiths Detection, an international advanced security solutions company, announced on Thursday that it won the Best Innovator award from the Airport Operators Association for the development of its automatic explosives detection X-ray system.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is a next generation, high-speed checked baggage detection system meant to fulfill security and airport requirements. The device is the only system that received both Transportation Security Administration laboratory certification and European Union Standard III approval.

Nominees in the AOA's Best Innovator category needed to demonstrate how their service or product would satisfy certain criteria, including delivering an innovation solution to a defined need, meeting an airport's needs and requirements and contributing value to the airport and the services it offers.

"This award is a major achievement that recognizes our considerable investment in the system's advanced technologies," Andrew Lee, the managing director of Smiths Detection U.K., said. "The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is the world's leading technology solution to meet the new Standard III Hold Baggage Screening requirements that will be effective from 2018. We have developed HI-SCAN 10080 XCT to provide the most economical solution for airport hold baggage screening requirements combining high baggage throughput rates with advanced technology screening capability."

Smiths Detection received the award at AOA's annual conference in London.