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The global explosive detection technologies market growth is projected to progress at a CAGR of 6%, and reach US$ 12 Bn by the end of 2019-2029, according to a market research by PMR. One of the major challenges in explosive detection is the case of rechargeable and non-rechargeable lithium batteries which power smartphones, tablets, cameras, laptops, and power banks. They are classified as dangerous goods by the air-transportation industry because of their ability to ignite during flights. Also, the transporting of flammable liquids and solids, as well as compressed and liquefied gasses, pose threats to airport operators, airlines, and cargo companies.

For the first time, an explosive-detection system (EDS) is offering airport security teams the capability to detect lithium batteries and dangerous goods. Smith Detection’s new iCMORE algorithms will enhance the capabilities of its HI-SCAN 10080 XCT explosive-detection system scanner. 

The algorithms enhance the scanner’s detection capabilities by helping identify lithium batteries, flammable liquids and solids, and compressed and liquefied gasses.  The algorithms are complementary adaptations to existing screening technology, according to

Richard Thompson, global director aviation for Smiths Detection, said: “The new algorithms streamline the hold-baggage and air-cargo screening process without burdening operators. Using this technology will not only make aviation safer but can also help prevent costly fines for shipping dangerous goods in a non-compliant way as well as helping safeguard the global supply of goods, which is essential given the need for medical supplies – for example, – to be shipped without interruption.”