By Andy Sambidge
Airport operator signs agreement for systems to detect range of security threats for Midfield Terminal project
Abu Dhabi Airports on Monday announced that it has signed a AED458 million ($124.6 million) contract with Smiths Detection, to equip its Midfield Terminal project with a range of systems aimed at detecting chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives threats.
The hold baggage systems include the next generation of high speed explosives detection system deploying a combination of X-ray technologies to produce high resolution images of baggage contents.
There will also be 3D workstations for outbound equipment screening by the police and 2D workstations for the inbound screening by customs, the airport operator said in a statement.
For carry-on baggage screening, state of the art ATIX (Advanced Threat Inspection X-Ray) systems will be deployed, supported by trace detection sensors, bottle liquid scanners and radiation detectors, it added.
The Midfield Terminal project is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in 2017.
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: "The safety and security of passengers, crew and aircraft is our top priority, so it is vital that we should apply the very best and most innovative technology available to achieve this. Such an approach reflects Abu Dhabi Airports' overall vision for the Midfield Terminal."
Smiths Detection president Richard Ingram added: "This contract win highlights our success in supplying advanced, integrated security solutions that meet the operational needs of our customers while delivering long-term value. We look forward to consolidating our already close partnership with such an important and rapidly expanding hub airport."
Currently under way is the multi-billion dollar re-development and expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport designed to increase the overall capacity of the airport to more than 40 million passengers per year.
As part of this redevelopment, a second runway and a third terminal have been completed.