Abu Dhabi Airports agrees contract with Smiths Detection

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Abu Dhabi Airports has signed a AED 458m (US$125m) contract with Smiths Detection, to equip the new Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport with a range of systems aimed at detecting CBRE threats (chemical, biological, radiological and explosives).

The hold baggage systems will be capable of high-speed explosives detection by using a combination of x-ray technologies to produce high-resolution images of baggage contents. There will also be 3D workstations for outbound equipment screening by the police and 2D workstations for the inbound screening by customs. For carry-on baggage screening, state of the art ATIX (advanced threat inspection x-ray) systems will be deployed, supported by trace detection sensors, bottle liquid scanners and radiation detectors.

Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said, “The safety and security of passengers, crew and aircraft is our top priority, so it is vital that we should apply the very best and most innovative technology available to achieve this. Such an approach reflects Abu Dhabi Airports’ overall vision for the Midfield Terminal. It will offer passengers a state-of-the-art experience in air travel.

“We have been very impressed with the way in which Smiths Detection has demonstrated how its cutting edge x-ray systems will exceed current global standards.”

Richard Ingram, president for Smiths Detection, said, “This contract win highlights our success in supplying advanced, integrated security solutions that meet the operational needs of our customers while delivering long-term value. We look forward to consolidating our already close partnership with such an important and rapidly expanding hub airport.”

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