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Smiths Detection supplying baggage scanners under TSA contract

Smiths Detection is to provide more of its aTIX explosive detectors to U.S. airports under a Transportation Security Administration contract worth $62.9 million.
By Richard Tomkins   |   April 3, 2014 at 12:15 PM   |   Comments

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April 3 (UPI) -- The U.S. Transportation Security Administration advanced technology contract has been given to Smiths Detection for automatic explosives scanners.

Under the $62.9 million award, Smiths Detection will provide the TSA with its aTiX, or automatic threat identification X-ray, systems, which use multi-view, high-resolution imaging to detect explosives and other threats.

The scanners for hand-carry luggage will be installed this year at several airports in the country, Smiths Detection said.

“Our investments in technology and infrastructure are geared to meet the needs of major customers like TSA,” said Terry Gibson, vice president of Smiths Detection, Americas. “Our checkpoint systems, which will be manufactured at our main U.S. facility in Maryland, provide the highest levels of both security and overall value.”

Smiths’ aTiX system is already used at more than 70 airports around the country.

“I am proud and privileged that TSA has put its confidence in us as a partner in its mission to keep the traveling public safe,” Brian Jones, interim president of Smiths Detection said. “Our aTiX platform provides enhanced and progressive levels of detection capability to help protect against evolving threats to aviation security.”

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