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Smiths Detection unveil first dual-view X-ray use for cruises

Posted 14 March 2017 · Add Comment

Smiths Detection Inc. (SDI), along with maritime security provider American Guard Services, Inc., unveiled the first dual-view X-ray systems, in the world, to be used for screening cruise line passenger belongings.



Above: The unveiling took place at Port Miami, in Miami, FL, during a ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday.

Raising the bar for next-generation cruise industry security screening methods, HI-SCAN 6040-2is dual-view X-ray inspection systems will be used to screen the belongings of passengers embarking on Carnival Cruise Line trips departing from Terminals D & E at PortMiami.

Advanced dual-view X-ray captures both horizontal and vertical angle images.  This equips operators with two different, high-resolution images to enhance the screening process while reducing the need to re-scan items.  The systems installed at PortMiami are expected to enhance passenger experience by improving throughput, thereby helping to expedite security checkpoints.  The systems also feature automatic explosives detection capability.

“American Guard Services and Carnival Cruise Line proactively worked with SDI to integrate best-in-class technology into their screening protocol. Through this collaboration we are confident they have deployed the optimal solutions to enhance the safety and security of passengers, crews, ships, and ports,“ said Dan Gelston, President of SDI.

Sherine Assal, President of American Guard Services, commented, “American Guard Services is committed to responding to the needs of our customers and cruise guests. We are excited to have had the opportunity to collaborate with Carnival Cruise Lines to further enhance security standards within the Cruise Industry.  Implementing the HI-SCAN 6040-2is into our security screening protocol will ensure reliable and efficient processing for our cruise line partners and their guests. We look forward to furthering our commitment with all our valued cruise line partners.

American Guard Services offers a broad range of Maritime Security services in accordance with the Maritime Transportation and Security Act (MTSA) and International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.  American Guard Services has the rigorous training, depth of knowledge and skills required to meet the demands of the maritime industry.

Carnival Cruise Line, The World’s Most Popular Cruise Line, is the flagship brand of Carnival Corporation, the largest cruise vacation company in the world. Guest safety and security is their top priority. They have an excellent record of safe operation throughout their 45 year history. Their ships operate in full compliance with — and often exceed — all U.S. and international safety regulations.

PortMiami is one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. Security is a top priority at PortMiami, which is constantly evolving to implement state-of-the-art security enhancements.  Ensuring a safe and secure environment for enterprises and individuals is a critical, built-in function of the Port's infrastructure.

SDI’s broad range of X-ray inspection systems are a top choice in security screening applications around the world, including airports, ports and borders, government buildings, hotels, and other infrastructures where security checkpoints are required.  The HI-SCAN 6040-2is is an advanced, dual-view X-ray inspection system which uses multiple views and sophisticated algorithms to help detect concealed items and possible threats. It is qualified on TSA’s Air Cargo Screening Technology List and approved by ECAC for use in airports across Europe.

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