Smiths Detection has been awarded a $4 million contract by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply an explosives trace detector to airports across the United States.
The two-year contract is for the supply of Smiths IONSCAN 500 DT Explosives Trace Detection Systems (ETD). The contract also includes on-site service maintenance. The new ETDs are in addition to the systems already widely deployed throughout US airports. They are used for secondary screening at checkpoints or checked baggage areas.
The IONSCAN 500DT product is certified on the TSA Qualified Products List for security screening. It utilizes Ion Mobility Spectroscopy (IMS) to perform trace analysis of explosives in seconds. Through this technology, operators can detect a wide range of military, commercial, and homemade threats. With these additional Smiths Detection ETDs deployed, airports will maintain the highest level of screening efficiency and be better equipped to face ever-evolving threats.
“Our mission is to make the world a safer place by providing our customers with the most advanced detection technologies. We aim to help safeguard society, protect life, and support the free flow of trade. We are proud to be Smiths, pushing boundaries to deliver innovative solutions for the world’s challenges,” Shan Hood, president of Smiths Detection, said.
Smiths Detection, based in Maryland, is a global leader in threat detection and security screening technologies.