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Smiths Detection

Smiths Detection is a world leader in products and systems to detect and identify threats to our freedom, safeguarding society against terrorism and criminality and protecting our emergency responders and armed forces. Its government regulated technologies detect CBRNE material, explosives and narcotics, and include powerful X-ray screening systems to identify dangerous and illegal objects. 

Smiths Detection takes science out of the laboratory and puts it in the hands of security professionals. Its technologies are built into products that safeguard buildings and transport systems; screening everything from a ticket to a truck.

The products and systems are designed for the real world and are based on a deep understanding of the operational environment faced by security and military professionals. An increasing activity for Smiths Detection is taking individual products and integrating them to form complete security solutions, including networking, customised to individual requirements.

Among the major users of Smiths Detection equipment are customs officers responsible for cargo security while also combating a rising tide of illicit narcotics and contraband; the emergency services who are confronted with unknown threats every time they attend an incident; and security staff who ensure our safety on board aircraft, in public places and in the protection of the nations’ critical infrastructure. The systems are also used extensively by and armed forces & public service workers who need to be protected against the growing threat of chemical and biological agents.

Smiths Detection is one of five operating divisions of Smiths Group, a global technology company listed on the London Stock Exchange.  Smiths employ more than 23,000 people in over 50 countries.

IONSCAN 600: Portable non-radioactive desktop trace explosives identifier

The IONSCAN 600 is a next-generation, portable desktop system used to detect and identify trace amounts of explosives. It features a proprietary non-radioactive ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) source, which means no licensing or specialized handling....

HCVM e35 Series: Mobile, ultra compact vehicle and container screening system

The HCVM e35 series is a powerful, ultra compact and cost-effective light mobile platform ideal for inspecting whole trucks, containers and vehicles for threats such as explosives, narcotics, weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) and contraband....

HCVP: Pass through X-ray inspection for trucks, containers and air cargo

The HCVP X-ray inspection systems optimizes security checks at ports, airports and border crossings by inspecting trucks, containers, and vehicles for threats such as explosives, narcotics, weapons of mass destruction and contraband, as well...

HCVL: X-ray screening for cars and light vehicles

HCVL provides a fast and efficient solution for screening 100% of fully loaded light vehicles, including cars, vans, minibuses and mobile homes for threats such as drugs, explosives, weapons, contraband, radioactive materials and stowaways; without...

HazMatID Elite: Handheld FT-IR solid & liquid chemical identifier

HazMatID Elite is a handheld unknown solid and liquid chemical identifier that performs an analysis in 1 minute or less.  The analysis is performed by placing a small amount of unknown substance onto the diamond ATR sensor and applying pressure...

ACE-ID: Handheld non-contact identifier for solid & liquid explosives and precursors

ACE-ID utilizes Raman spectroscopy to provide non-contact analysis, yielding rapid results in seconds.    Materials can be identified through translucent and semi-translucent containers such as plastic and glass. In addition, non-contact...

MMTD: Multi Mode Threat Detector

The MMTD takes portable threat detection to a new level. Designed to IP54 rating for operation in extreme environmental conditions, the MMTD also features an optimized detection capability for peroxides, taggants and methamphetamine precursors....

SABRE 5000: Handheld trace detector for explosives, chemical agents and toxic industrial chemicals or narcotics

Using Smiths Detection's proven Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) technology the SABRE 5000 is programmed to detect and identify over 40 threat substances in approximately 20 seconds. Threats such as common peroxide-based, volatile and unstable...

RadSeeker: Handheld radiation detector

RadSeeker is a handheld, rugged and highly accurate radioisotope detector and identifier.    RadSeeker offers superior radiation detection and identification capabilities that are based on Symetrica’s Discovery Technology. This...

HI-SCAN 180180-2is: X-ray cargo inspection systems

The HI-SCAN 180180-2is is designed to meet the needs and applications of customs facilities, airports, transportation operations, carriers, parcel services or wherever high security and total screening is required.   It is a compact medium...

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How we helped to improved efficiency and create safer borders in El Salvador

Monitoring Salvadorian cross-border activities with Cotecna An integrated approach for improved efficiency and safer borders

Experts Warn of AI ‘Dangers’

  23 Feb 2018

A new report written by artificial intelligence (AI) experts from industry and academia warns of the dangers of AI in the near future, which have the potential to disrupt and destroy society’s systems of order and protection, according to Quartz.

All Yemeni Ports Forced to Shut Down

  06 Nov 2017

Saudi-led forces occupying Yemen to fight against Houthis have plans to temporarily close all seaports, airports and land ports

CORSYS to Advance Integrated Smart Port Border Security

  01 Nov 2017

Smiths Detection has unveiled CORSYS, an enterprise-level security command centre that will advance border security through a cloud-based, digital ecosystem

US Ports Testify on ‘Real Gaps’ in Cybersecurity

  31 Oct 2017

US port authorities have testified before the US Department of Homeland Security's oversight committee on funding gaps when it comes to protecting ports from terrorist and cyberattacks

Smiths Detection to Unveil CORSYS Smart Border Vision

  27 Oct 2017

A Smiths Detection expert will be the keynote speaker at the 6th WCO Technology & Innovation Forum as it unveils its new CORSYS smart security technology

American Ports Raise Security Staffing Concern

  27 Oct 2017

American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has plans to raise a Customs and Border Control (CBP) staffing shortage during the nomination of Kevin McAleenan as acting CBP Commissioner

Shanghai FTZ to Get Customs Boon

  27 Oct 2017

China plans to launch a new free port within the Shanghai Pilot Free Trade Zone to increase the openness and sophistication of customs, trade, financial, and foreign currency systems

Philippine Customs Cuts Inspection Queues

  16 Oct 2017

The Philippine Bureau of Customs has adjusted its rules requiring X-ray inspection of shipments after long queues of trucks congested ports

Tech Wisdom: Both AI, Humans Must Secure Ports

  31 Jul 2017

With increases in visitor and parcel volumes, it is tougher for clearance authorities to detect drugs and cigarettes in ports and port terminals, but AI-enabled customs can cut the time it takes, a recent paper finds.

New Mobile X-Ray Scanner Funded for Dublin Port

  20 Jun 2017

The New Custom House in Dublin Port, Ireland, has commissioned a new, ‘state of the art’, mobile x-ray scanner costing US$1.86 million and part-funded by a grant of $837,000 from OLAF, the European Anti-Fraud Agency

Bot Controlled Borders

The ports and borders sector looks to be growing and needs new AI technology to support it

Port and Border Security: Technology to Transform

The escalating problem of cross-border movement of contraband is driving the need for advanced technology, which not only detects a range of illicit or dangerous items, but also introduces a much higher level of automation. Add to this ever-increasing volumes of traffic at ports and land borders, a requirement for stricter controls and faster clearance times and the list of demands for border security is...

Smoking Out Smugglers

This organisational feature looks at Smiths Detections' mobile cargo scanner HCVM T x-ray system for detecting smuggling threats at Luxembourg customs. Its material discrimination capability enables a high level of steel penetration so complete vehicles can be scanned, thereby increasing effectiveness.

Exclusive Q&A Jean Olivier Fer, Director of Product Management, Smiths Detection

This exclusive Q&A with Smiths Detection provides background information for the company and the solutions available for container ports. Its IONSCAN 600 portable explosives detector, a device with no special-handling requires. The IONSCAN 600 is Smiths Detection's radio-active technology and is cost-effective for preventing the transportation of explosives. Smiths Detection also discusses its iCmore threat recognition software. In the future, iCmore will be automatic

Building a secure world: London’s leading security and national resilience event

Security remains at the top of the agenda for anyone involved in transportation. With an increased awareness of terrorist threats, ever growing demand for travel and higher passenger and cargo throughput, ports and shipping companies are under increasing pressure to uphold high levels of security whilst at the same time, maintaining efficiency.

Smiths Detection
459 Park Avenue
WD23 2BW

Hayley Marchant, Communications Manager EMEA
Tel: +44 (0)1923 658000
Fax: +44 (0)1923 240285



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