Japan commits & France trials ultra violet cleaning technology

London, UK

An ultraviolet (UVC) automatic tray disinfection solution from Smiths Detection is currently on trial at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, in collaboration with Groupe ADP, operating and developing the three main Paris airports : Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. Whilst almost simultaneously, Japan's Narita International airport is committing to the installation of 62 security checkpoints using the technology to enable safer travel.

Smiths Detection’s UVC system, seamlessly integrated in existing Ilane tray return system, has been trialled in Terminal 2E since September 2020. The UVC light kits are capable of destroying up to 99.9% of microorganisms (including SARS CoV-2) present on baggage trays at the security checkpoint. Health security is important as airports seek to restore the confidence of travellers and staff in the context of Covid-19. Thanks to all the health measures already deployed, the Paris airports have obtained the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) awarded by the ACI (Airports Council International): the reference certification programme in the airport industry.

“We are delighted to be working with Groupe ADP to trial our UVC disinfection kits in Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport”, said Market Head, Gabriel Pequignot. “We have already been working closely with several international airports to deliver the necessary enhancements to their screening process in response to the pandemic. Easily deployed, UVC lights are extremely effective in reducing the transmission of any bacteria or virus that be might be on the surface of trays. This way we are helping travellers feel safer during the security screening process.”

Installed in several airports around the world, Smiths Detection’s UVC technology automatically disinfects trays as they are being transported from the reclaim areas back to the divest station, helping to protect passengers and staff from tactile transmission of contagious disease as they pass through security check points at airports.

Narita International Airport is Japan’s busiest airport and the first to acquire the Airport Health Accreditation (AHA) implemented by Airports Council International (ACI). Smiths Detection will assist Narita Airport to install 62 units of Ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection equipment in its latest effort to enable safer travel. The UV disinfection equipment will be integrated with 62 advanced security checkpoints across the three terminals by March 2022.


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