Enhanced CT scanning technology brings faster transit times

Tokyo, Japan and London, UK

Japan's Fukuoka airport deploys new technology that will detect potential threats in baggage without the need to remove electrical items and liquids. Image credit: Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is set to supply Fukuoka International Airport Co., Ltd in Japan with 12 Hi-Scan 6040 CTIX X-ray scanners and 12 automatic tray return systems, the Ilane A20. This new state-of-the-art technology will detect potential threats in baggage without the need to remove electrical items and liquids

The Hi-Scan 6040 CTIX, a computed tomography (CT) X-ray scanner produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images for quicker and deeper baggage assessment and low false-alarm rates. Implementation of the new scanner will allow passengers to leave their liquids and electronics in their hand luggage, helping to speed up security screening, without compromising on safety. The Ilane A20, a next-generation fully automated tray return system, delivers high throughput and efficiency, streamlining the screening process and eliminating passenger bottlenecks.

42 units of Smiths Detection’s industry-leading 3D X-ray scanners are already in use in Japan, as well as 143 Ilane tray return systems. The Hi-Scan 6040 CTIX and Ilane A20 are expected to be able to scan more than 250 passengers per hour, approximately 1.5 times the previous throughput of around 170 passengers per hour.

Smiths Detection’s North & South Asia Market Head, Aurelien Guilbert said: “We’re thrilled to be working Fukuoka International Airport to enhance security and improve the overall passenger experience by allowing passengers to leave large electronics and liquids in their carry-on bags. Already in use across country, the Hi-Scan 6040 CTIX is the leading checkpoint CT X-ray in Japan”.

Smiths Detection’s technology is scheduled to be installed by the end of March 2024. Fukuoka Airport domestic checkpoint will become the third airport in Japan to harness the power of Smiths Detection’s 3D X-ray screening technology, alongside Haneda Airport domestic checkpoint and Naha Airport domestic checkpoint.


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