Luton airport selects Smiths to drive security upgrade

Smiths Detection has won a major contract to upgrade security screening at London’s Luton Airport (LLA) as part of a £100 million transformation of the airport.
Smiths Detection systems were chosen not only for their performance and reliability but also for their efficiency, which is designed to minimise queues and speed up the screening process for passengers. Smiths Detection will provide LLA 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 supplied by Herbert Systems.

Following a trial installation in France, LLA will become the first airport in Europe to install Checkpoint Evo for regular security operations. This innovative software package greatly 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.

The new technology will not only deliver enhanced security capabilities but also increase the operational efficiency of the screening process. This helps speed the flow of passengers through security checks, minimising waiting times and simplifying processes for customer-facing staff. The system will significantly improve the passenger experience which is a key objective of the airport’s £100 million redevelopment. As part of the transformation, LLA is also completely 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.

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