Airport Execs Meet in Philly

The business of airlines, an onerous ARFF proposal, service opportunities top agenda


“We have 16 locations where we are using them in primary screening locations, and 13 in the secondary position,” says Batt. “Obviously there are some privacy concerns; we are working to get to an auto-assist capability so that we can solve those problems quicker.”

Today there are some 20 locations where there is electronic boarding pass scanning capabilities, explains Batt. “We are currently working on advancing this technology to the credential authentication technology and boarding pass screening systems (CATBPS),” says Batt. “We will be deploying this technology very shortly and hopefully piloting at three locations. We want to have a contract award for this technology by September, and our goal is to deploy some 800 of the units by the end of calendar year 2010.

“We are very invested in this business, and continue to invest millions of dollars each year on the development of new products,” says Neil Bloomfield, American aviation sales and government sales representative for GE Security.

GE’s newest explosive trace technology is the CTX9800, which received TSA certification earlier this year, says Bloomfield. The system includes a new data acquisition system and detection capabilities that far exceed those of earlier generations of the unit, which are currently scanning baggage at airports today.

“We have also improved the design of the gantry as well as the speed at which baggage can be processed. We have replaced active curtains with passive curtains, making the machine more reliable, and have built a new graphic user interface so that we can manipulate the view of the bag, making the machine more effective,” says Bloomfield.

“Our objective is to make this machine as fast as possible. We were recently certified at a throughput of 654 bags per hour. This machine is actually designed for a throughput of 725 bags per hour. The next step is to further invest in this product, and somewhere towards the back end of this year, we believe we will have a solution to scan more than 1,000 bags per hour.”

GE Security is also developing a handheld shoe-scanning device. According to Bloomfield, the company has developed a continuous walk-through shoe-scanning device which is currently being tested by TSA.

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