Smiths Detection awarded €17.8 million cargo scanner contract in Azerbaijan

  • Smiths Detection will supply country’s customs authorities with high energy cargo scanners for port and border security

Smiths Detection has been awarded a €17.8 million contract to supply the Azerbaijan customs authorities with high energy cargo scanners for security checks at ports and borders.

The X-ray scanners, due to be installed this year, will be used to inspect freight, including railway wagons, as part of a customs modernisation project already underway. Four similar gantry systems were sold to the Caucasian republic last year.

“This latest contract underlines the quality of our advanced scanning systems and our strong customer relationships,” said vice president of international sales for Smiths Detection, Hans Zirwes.

“Azerbaijan customs set a high value on the system’s excellent image definition and ability to transmit images to their headquarters in Baku for more data analysis and storage.”

The HCVG and HCVT screening systems are used to inspect trucks, containers, vehicles and wagons for explosives, weapons, narcotics, and contraband. In addition, they also reduce the need for manual inspection and can also be used for manifest verification. The X-ray imaging capability gives the operator a quick and detailed view of contents that discriminates between organic and inorganic material. The HCVG can check up to 23 trucks per hour.

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