New Berlin Airport Aquires High Level Security

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Many new security systems are developed for airports over the backdrop of the U.S. Safety Act which encourages companies to develop anti-terrorism technology. One of these is the HI-SCAN 10080 XCT.

Germany’s Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior recently signed a contract with Smiths Detection that will provide baggage-screening equipment for the German Police at the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT system utilizes a high-resolution x-ray scanner, computed tomography and advanced detection algorithms to detect contemporary explosive threats. The system can also be upgraded to identify additional threats such as homemade explosive devices. The system also operates with a low false-detection rate.

The combination of belt speed and tunnel size provide baggage handling systems the capability to process a throughput of up to 1800 bags/hour with object sizes of up to 1000 x 800 mm (39.4 x 31.5in), according to the company’s website.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is designed to easily integrate into newly implemented Hold Baggage System (HBS) configurations or as a replacement for current baggage handling systems.

Smiths Detection is a large company, established in 1997, that specializes in many technology aspects and has acquired a special expertise in the airport security field “As a global company with strong roots in Germany, we are delighted that the Procurement Agency of the Federal Ministry of the Interior has shown its faith in our detection equipment,” Tony Tielen, vice president for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Smiths Detection, said. “We take great pride in the fact that our EDS Standard 3 compliant hold baggage screening systems have been chosen to help to secure flights departing from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport BER.”

According to, the contract includes eight system units, with 30 image analysis stations. Six HI-SCAN 5180si systems will also be delivered to be used as backups in different locations throughout the airport.