Smiths Detection has announced that its advanced baggage X-Ray scanner, the HI-SCAN 6040aTiX, has received certification from France’s Service Technique de l’Aviation Civile (STAC) under the requirements for Liquid Explosive Detection Systems (LEDS). This new certification is in addition to existing approvals by the European Civil Aviation Conference according to EU Standard 2 Type C and EU EDS Standard 2, and by the US Transportation Security Administration for checkpoints.
The scanner is the newest addition to Smiths Detection’s extensive range of products to achieve the STAC LEDS certification, including the Responder BLS, the HI-SCAN 7555aTiX, the HI-SCAN 6040i and HI-SCAN 6046si, and the Threat Identification Module (TIM) upgrade. All of these products are expertly designed to detect threat liquids and comply with the European LEDS standards, effective from 31 January 2014, which will partially relax the liquid ban for cabin baggage.
With more than 2,000 installations worldwide, Smiths Detection’s 6040aTiX is the most favoured system where customers require a premium scanner for automatic explosives and liquid detection in carry-on-baggage. Combining large tunnel size and high-resolution image quality, the aTiX helps simplify and accelerate airport security operations. Using a multi-view system, it is designed to fulfill both current and future requirements for threat detection.
STAC is attached to the Air Transport Directorate of the French Ministry in charge of transport, and provides assistance to the country’s Ministry of Defense. It provides airports with technical expertise and support and is focused on airport infrastructure and equipment, air navigation, environment, air transport safety, and transport security.
Hans Zirwes, Vice President International Sales for Smiths Detection, said: “The STAC certification, highly regarded internationally, is yet another achievement for 6040aTiX, confirming its high quality standard. In combination with the other LEDS-approved Smiths Detection products we can offer tailor-made solutions for the different individual requirements of our customers.”
Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.