Smiths Detection’s high-speed XCT scanner for hold baggage receives TSA lab certification

  Smiths Detection’s high-speed XCT scanner for hold baggage receives TSA lab

   HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is fastest, largest-tunnel Explosives Detection System

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EDGEWOOD, Md. -- July 1, 2013

Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System (EDS) has
passed laboratory certification for high-speed checked baggage screening from
the United States Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The XCT provides a unique imaging solution based on Smiths Detection’s
dual-energy, dual-view X-ray technology and Computed Tomography (CT)
technology from Analogic Corporation (Nasdaq: ALOG).

Mal Maginnis, President of Smiths Detection, said: “With TSA laboratory
certification now added to EU EDS Standard 3 approval, the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT
is ideally suited for installation at all major airports outside the U.S. It
is the fastest, largest tunnel-size baggage screening system in the industry
today, surpassing the most stringent security screening requirements while
both improving airport operations and reducing costs.”

Lab certification of detection performance is vital for systems seeking
inclusion in the TSA’s Qualified Products List, a prerequisite for deployment
at US airports. Sales to the TSA are also subject to additional testing at its
Integration Facility (TSIF) as well as operational testing at a U.S. airport.
The next step is for Smiths Detection to coordinate the additional testing
with TSA. The lab approval represents a key endorsement for the revolutionary
scanner which, having already passed the European Union Commission Regulation
Standard 3 for Aviation Safety, is now being marketed globally outside the

With a belt speed of 98 feet per minute (0.5 metres per second), the HI-SCAN
10080 XCT can screen up to 1800 bags per hour. The largest tunnel currently
available allows more bags to be automatically screened than other comparable

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Smiths Detection designs and makes advanced solutions to detect and identify
threats including explosives, chemical agents, biohazards, nuclear, radiation,
narcotics, weapons and contraband. A market leader worldwide in providing
layered security technologies, Smiths Detection has plants in three U.S.
states. It partners federal and state government agencies and first responders
to strengthen homeland security and safeguard the military. Major customers
include the Department of Defense (DoD) and Department of Homeland Security
(DHS). It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in the practical
application of advanced technologies. Smiths Group employs around 23,000
people, including more than 9,000 in the U.S. where it operates around 100
sites in 40 states. For more information on its U.S. operations: U.S. Fact


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