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Smiths Detection to help protect Egypt airports

Smiths Detection in Germany has been contracted to strengthen security screening at Egyptian airports.

By Richard Tomkins
Smiths Detection to help protect Egypt airports
Smiths Detection to provide X-ray scanners, people-screening systems and trace detectors for Egyptian Airports. Photo by Iakov Filimonov/Shutterstock

WIESBADEN, Germany, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- Advanced detection systems for passenger, baggage and cargo screening at Egyptian airports are being supplied by Smiths Detection.

Contracts for the systems, worth nearly $22 million, were issued recently by the Falcon Group, an Egyptian security supplier with a close relationship to Egyptian Military Intelligence, part of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.

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"Enhancing aviation security through leading-edge technology is our top priority," said Tony Tielen, regional vice president for Egypt and the Middle East at Smiths Detection. "With a broad portfolio of detection technologies, an excellent customer-orientated sales team and a strong local partner, ITI, we are proud to be a trusted partner of the Egyptian Ministry of Defense.

"The range of screening systems included in this contract will help provide world-class detection capabilities to protect against evolving threats."

The contracts cover the provision of X-ray scanners, people-screening systems and trace detectors as part of national program to provide an additional layer of security to existing equipment at airports

Included are the company's HI-SCAN 6040aTiX and HI-SCAN 6040-2is HR, which combine multi- or dual-view, high-resolution imaging with sophisticated software to automatically detect explosives in carry-on baggage; the IONSCAN 600, which detects and identifies explosives from traces found on baggage or clothing; HI-SCAN 100100T-2is and HI-SCAN 145180-2is X-ray machines for screening oversized baggage and air cargo for explosives and other threats.

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Smiths Detection in Germany is part of Britain-based Smiths Group.

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