Smiths Detection’s next-generation explosives detector gains ECAC approval

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Smiths Detection’s newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained approval from the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC).

ECAC ruled that the IONSCAN 600 meets the EU’s explosives trace detection (ETD) standard for passenger and cargo checkpoint screening. It is the first UK-built detector to pass the rigorous testing protocol which sets standards for the performance of security equipment throughout the EU.

Barrie Foley, vice president EMEA for Smiths Detection, said, “This is a major milestone for the IONSCAN 600, so soon after its launch. ECAC approval provides reassurance to our EU customers and beyond that the IONSCAN 600 meets the rigorous EU Standard for both passenger and cargo checkpoint screening.”

The IONSCAN 600’s breakthrough feature is a proprietary non-radioactive ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) source, which eliminates the need for special licensing, handling or disposal requirements. This significantly reduces the administrative and compliance burden for customers.

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