L-3 moves ahead of the pack

10 November 2017
ClearScan units are already in use for checkpoint screening at Amsterdam Schiphol. Source: Schiphol

The ClearScan checkpoint scanner from L3 Security & Detection Systems (L3 SDS) has become the first to meet the ECAC Explosive Detection Systems for Cabin Baggage (EDSCB) C3 standard in Europe, L3 Technologies announced on 9 November.

This follows EDSCB C2 certification in June, and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) certification in the United States in April. Soon after its launch in 2015, the computed tomography- (CT-) based ClearScan met the ECAC Type D and D+ performance standards for liquid explosives detection.

Announcing the latest development, L3 Technologies president and chief operating officer Christopher Kubasik added that an unnamed European airport has 25 ClearScan systems on order, with options for 30 more. Existing users include Amsterdam Schiphol, which installed ClearScan in two automated checkpoint lanes in early 2017.

EDSCB C3 allows passengers to send their cabin baggage through the checkpoint without having to divest electronics or liquids – saving time, improving the passenger experience, and boosting operational efficiency.

The compact ClearScan is designed for easy integration with existing airport infrastructure with “the smallest footprint of any available checkpoint CT device”, according to L3.

CT technology in ClearScan delivers high-resolution two- or three-dimensional images, and the system is capable of scanning more than 500 bags per hour. Its threat library includes solid, liquid, and sheet explosives, as well as homemade improvised explosive devices.

Software features include an advanced laptop removal algorithm which virtually separates the laptop from the rest of the bag, removing clutter and allowing faster detection of potential threat items by the operator. Software on installed units can be upgraded with new algorithms as new threats emerge.

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