Gatwick to use new EDS systems to comply with Standard 3 deadline

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Gatwick Airport has agreed a contract with Smiths Detection (formerly Morpho Detection – Safran) to supply and service nine high speed CTX 9800 DSi explosive detection systems (EDS)

The contract follows a trial of the systems in early 2016 to expand and automate hold baggage explosives screening capabilities. The airport will use the detectors to screen all In-gauge baggage in the South Terminal and ensure compliance with UK Department for Transport mandates requiring the use of Standard 3-approved EDS by September 2018.

Commenting on the deployment and growth Alasdair Scobie, Head of Commercial Operations at London Gatwick Airport said: “Smiths Detection has proven to be a strategic partner in upgrading our EDS technology and infrastructure to improve security and the customer experience. We look forward to our CTX 9800 fleet becoming fully operational and working with Smiths Detection to realise maximum long-term value for our airlines and passengers.”

Capable of screening 1,800 bags per hour (BPH), CTX 9800 combines high-resolution 3D visuals with intuitive navigational tools – allowing the operator to ‘travel’ through the bag and manipulate images.  Approved by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) as meeting Standard 3 requirements and certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC), over 500 CTX 9800 have been deployed worldwide.

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