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CT scanners examine objects from every angle and create precise 3D images, allowing for more accurate judgements on contents. The technology is already used for hold luggage but the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX marks the first product discrete enough for use in security checkpoints.

The scanner can be easily incorporated into existing checkpoint lanes and screening systems. Planned enhancements include the automatic detection of prohibited items like firearms and large knives, further improving efficiency at the checkpoint.

“The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX is a key element in our end-to-end, state-of-the-art checkpoint solution. It uses proprietary technology to deliver a ground-breaking checkpoint scanner,” commented Tony Tielen, Vice President of EMEA for Smiths Detection. “CT is the only technology likely to meet the new European standards for Explosives Detection Systems for Cabin Baggage and we’re delighted to be leading the way in this exciting new area.”


The solution for Frankfurt will deliver increased security and operational efficiency, and can easily be upgraded to meet future requirements to identify evolving threats, such as homemade explosives. Delivery will take place on a rolling basis between 2018 and 2021.

Frankfurt is Europe’s second busiest airport in terms of cargo and fourth in terms of passenger numbers, with over 60 million in 2016, making a high-speed, high volume hold baggage system critical to screening efficiency.

The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanner combines high-resolution X-ray technology, medical-quality computed tomography (CT) and advanced detection algorithms to deliver exceptional levels of security. It supports a high throughput of up to 1,800 bags per hour, can accommodate items measuring up to 1,000 x 800 mm, and operates with a low false alarm rate to deliver a highly efficient screening process.

HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanner