Smiths Detection to supply security upgrades for London Luton Airport

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Smiths Detection has been awarded a contract to upgrade security screening at London Luton Airport as part of a £100m (US$151m) transformation project.

Smiths Detection will provide the airport with new passenger screening technology including the HI-SCAN 6040-2is x-ray scanners and the new Checkpoint.Evo networked checkpoint system alongside the rapid tray return system (TRS) supplied by Herbert Systems.

Other than a trial installation in France, London Luton will become the first airport in Europe to install Checkpoint.Evo for regular security operations. The software package enhances checkpoint inspection and integration capacities by linking individual sensors within a fully networked system. Through data collection, distribution and management, it improves both the inspection process and operational efficiency. This helps speed the flow of passengers through security checks, minimizing waiting times, and simplifying processes for customer-facing staff.

As part of the £100m (US$151m) transformation project, London Luton Airport will also be redesigning the terminal, increasing annual capacity to 18 million passengers by 2026, as well as improving transport links and introducing new shopping and dining options, including a new world-class executive lounge.

Andrew Davis, head of market EMEA, Smiths Detection, said, “The combination of the HI-SCAN 6040-2is, Checkpoint.Evo and Herbert’s TRS provides an outstanding technological solution to the requirement for smarter checkpoints.

“The result will be a significant improvement in operational efficiency and we are delighted London Luton Airport has chosen to continue our relationship for the supply of advanced security solutions.”

Neil Thompson, operations director, Luton Airport, said, “We are spending over £100m (US$151m) to transform the airport by adding new capacity and offering the best possible experience for passengers. Smiths Detection’s technology gives us the combination of reliability and performance we need to make security screening as fast and efficient as possible for the growing number of passengers at the airport.”

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