Smiths Detection scanner receives ECAC regulatory approval

Smiths Detection, a security solutions company, announced on Monday that its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System achieved an approval milestone with the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

XCT was the first hold baggage screener to gain ECAC Standard 3 regulatory approval for use with five different types of trays. Trays, which are also called totes, are used in most modern baggage handling systems to avoid tracking losses, reduce bag jams and keep the process going smoothly.

Major baggage handling systems suppliers worked with Smiths Detection to achieve the certification. Smiths Detection said that XCT now fulfills the highest detection requirements, even when used with trays.

"Due to the significant operational advantages, more and more airports are expected to move to tote-based baggage handling systems in the future," Barrie Foley, the vice president of Smiths Detection's Europe, Middle East and Africa region, said. "Achieving ECAC Standard 3 approval for XCT with the five most common trays is a key milestone in helping our customers optimize operational performance and deliver a baggage handling system with a lower total cost of ownership."

XCT combines dual-energy X-ray technology with high-resolution 3D computer tomography. The system is laboratory certified by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration. It can also scan 50 to 65 percent more trays per hour than most comparable equipment.

Smiths Detection offers security solutions in military and civil markets to detect and identify CBRNE threats, narcotics and contraband.