Smiths Detection Wins TSA Contracts Worth $25.2 Million for Additional Advanced Checkpoint X-Ray Systems

Next-Generation System Provides Advanced Screening Options for Explosives Detection

PINE BROOK, N.J.–Smiths Detection, part of the global technology business Smiths Group, today announces follow-on contracts worth $25.2 million from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for additional Advanced Threat Identification X-Ray (aTiX) systems.

The contract awards follow an initial TSA order of $21 million in October 2007 following successful trials at airports across the United States. aTiX is already widely used in UK airports. The TSA is deploying aTiX systems across the country and has already completed checkpoint installations at Albuquerque and Denver International airports.

Stephen Phipson, Group Managing Director of Smiths Detection, said: “This is a significant win for an advanced X-ray system that will greatly improve the TSA’s ability to detect potential threats. With its multiple views generating clear images, the system provides the platform for future checkpoint screening and a strategic growth opportunity for Smiths Detection in the U.S. and internationally.”

Unlike conventional X-ray systems, aTiX captures multiple views of carry-on bags in a single sweep in the same throughput time as existing systems. It also includes powerful software algorithms which help the operator detect potentially harmful items. This software has the potential to be upgraded as new threats emerge.

Mark Laustra, Vice President of Homeland Security for Smiths Detection, said: “aTiX has the potential to enhance airport security immediately and includes the added benefit of the familiar ‘look and feel’ of current systems, thus requiring minimal training for airport security officers.”

Smiths Detection is the world’s leading provider of threat detection systems with multiple technologies deployed in around 80 percent of the world’s commercial airports.

About Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is part of the global technology business Smiths Group. It offers advanced integrated security solutions for customers in civil and military markets worldwide and is a leading technology developer and manufacturer of sensors that detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, weapons, and contraband. Its advanced technology security solutions also include Smiths Heimann x-ray imaging systems, millimeter-wave technology and a specialist software supply business for the management of large sensor and video surveillance networks. Separate business units focus on related products for the life sciences, and food manufacturing industries. For more information visit

About Smiths Group

Smiths is a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange. A world leader in the practical application of advanced technologies, Smiths Group delivers products and services for the threat & contraband detection, medical devices, energy and communications markets worldwide. Our products and services make the world safer, healthier and more productive. Smiths Group employs more than 20,000 people in over 50 countries. For more information visit

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