Darwin and Alice Springs airports are set to become the first airports in Australia to deploy Computed Tomography (CT) technology for the screening of passengers and baggage.
Sensor makers Smiths Detection will supply the technology to the airports, with the new system scheduled to commence in mid-2020.
The move is part of an effort by Northern Territory (NT) Airports to boost safety and security at Darwin International and Alice Springs Airport, as well as improve the passenger experience.
“We want to keep customers safe, ease their transition through our airports, and provide peace of mind for everyone,” NT Airports CEO Ian Kew said.
“We’re striving for excellence and we’re excited to partner with Smiths Detection who share the same vision and tenacity as us.”
NT Airports security and contingency planning head Robert Phillips the new systems would put DRW and ASP on par with the best airports in the world for cutting edge security technology.
“Darwin and Alice Springs will be the first airports in Australia to be fully equipped with this advanced technology,” he said.
“This will not only lead to fewer physical bag searches, but greater ease for passengers passing through our screening points.”
Smiths Detection’s 11 HI-SCAN units will operate alongside automated tray return system iLane.evo for an integrated checkpoint, which all parties believe will enhance the traveller experience.
“Smiths Detection understands the diverse needs that airports face and is committed to improving passenger experience and security, using our world-leading technology and expertise in CT systems,” Smiths Detection Australia and NZ managing director Jordan Thrupp said.
“It is a pleasure to be working with NT Airports, to deliver a security screening solution which will enable seamless travel experience for passengers.”
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