Smiths Detection announces upgrade

June 27, 2012 at 1:12 PM

WATFORD, England, June 27 (UPI) -- Britain's Smiths Detection reports it can use a Canadian screening device in upgrading its airport baggage scanners to EU liquid explosive detection standards.

Through a distribution agreement with Optosecurity of Canada, Smith's Hi-Scan 6040i, 6046si, or 7555i models will be brought to EU Liquid Explosives Detection System Type C for screening multiple liquid containers simultaneously when placed outside the baggage.

The European Union plans to lift restrictions on liquids in passenger hand luggage next April but will require such liquids to be screened.

Optosecurity's OptoScreener is about the size of a desktop computer. Smiths said it can be installed as an upgrade to scanners already in use at airports or as an option for newly ordered systems.

"Enhanced versions of already successful technologies can often provide very effective tools for detecting threats," said Mal Maginnis, president of Smiths Detection.

"As the EU deadline approaches, it is all the more important for airports to be aware of the options now available to meet evolving threats while minimizing costs and changes to security layouts."

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