Smiths Detection, a developer of threat detection and security screening technologies, says that its ultraviolet (UVC) automatic tray disinfection solution is currently on trial at Paris-Charles de Gaulle airport, in collaboration with Groupe ADP, which operates the three main Paris airports: Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Paris-Orly and Paris-Le Bourget. The UVC system, which has been integrated into an existing iLane tray return system, has been trialled in Terminal 2E since September 2020.
The company claims its 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. Currently installed in several airports around the world, the UVC technology automatically disinfects trays as they are being transported from the reclaim areas back to the divest station.
“We are delighted to be working with Groupe ADP to trial our UVC disinfection kits in Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport,” said Gabriel Pequignot, market head, Smiths Detection. “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 might be on the surface of trays. This way we are helping travelers feel safer during the security screening process.”
Before the trial period, Smiths Detection’s UVC kit installation was approved by certification company APAVE and deemed safe for people and the environment, as well as tested by an independent laboratory commissioned by Groupe ADP. Thanks to its specially designed casing, the UVC lights pose no exposure risk to staff or passengers and can be installed into existing tray handling systems.