Rapiscan RTT Ultra-High Speed Checked Baggage Scanner Sets New Bar with EU Security Certification

April 23, 2012


  • Revolutionary Solid-State CT Achieves ECAC Standard 3
  • Meets Highest European Threat Detection Standards at Speeds Faster than Legacy-Design CT Systems


Torrance, CA – Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a leading global supplier of security inspection systems, today announced that its RTT™ (Real Time Tomography) baggage screening solution has become the first ultra-high speed system to pass the European Civil Aviation Conference’s (ECAC) Standard 3 threat detection test. The RTT™, designed to inspect checked baggage at airports (“hold baggage screening”, or “HBS”), is capable of screening baggage at speeds of up to 1,800 bags an hour, which is significantly faster than the CT based hold baggage systems currently installed at airports. Until now, baggage screening systems have been unable to achieve this high rate of throughput while also meeting ECAC Standard 3 threat detection standards, the highest standard set by ECAC for the detection of baggage-borne explosive threats. With this certification, RTT™ establishes Rapiscan as a leader in the baggage screening market.  

The RTT™ represents a generational leap over historical CT designs that are currently deployed in HBS applications. In place of the historical approach of a mechanically-rotated gantry, the RTT™ employs a proprietary and unprecedented solid-state approach, producing ultra-high speed imaging and lower maintenance requirements. The RTT™’s unique design allows the RTT™ to inspect hold baggage at up to 1,800 bags per hour, which matches the speed of airport baggage handling systems, allowing RTT™ to be installed “in-line” in airports’ existing baggage handling systems without the need to slow down the baggage handling systems, or to operate multiple parallel inspection systems.

“By passing ECAC Standard 3, RTT™ is positioned to change the aviation security screening industry and sets a new bar for HBS products worldwide,” said Ajay Mehra, president, Rapiscan Systems. “All industries and businesses that process baggage, not just airports, now have access to superior threat detection technology that dramatically improves operational efficiency, offers a clear and concise return on investment and does not sacrifice any measure of security…and only Rapiscan can provide this complete solution.” Mr. Mehra continued: “Rapiscan has invested significant research and development resources to develop this product. We are pleased to now be able to offer customers this state-of-the art security screening technology that meets one of the world’s most demanding standards for threat detection.”

The ECAC Common Evaluation Process (CEP) for Security Equipment applies to HBS, Liquid Explosive Detection System (LEDS), and Security Scanners. Laboratory tests are conducted at various Participating Test Centers located in ECAC Member States with the objective of determining whether the tested equipment meets the required ECAC performance standards. The CEP Management Group, which consists of national authorities contributing to the Process, analyzes the test reports provided by the Participating Test Centers; where the equipment is evaluated as meeting an ECAC performance standard, the test reports are communicated to the ECAC Member State signatories to the CEP Administrative Arrangements. Forty-three ECAC Member States are signatories to these Arrangements. ECAC test results are used by many countries outside Europe as the basis for approving HBS solutions for their airports.


About Rapiscan Systems

Rapiscan Systems, Inc., a division of OSI Systems, Inc. is a leading global supplier of security inspection solutions utilizing X-ray and gamma-ray imaging, and advanced threat identification techniques such as neutron and diffraction analysis. The company's products are sold into four market segments; Baggage and Parcel Inspection, Cargo and Vehicle Inspection, Hold Baggage Screening and People Screening. The company has an installed base globally of more than 70,000 security and inspection systems. The Rapiscan Systems product line is manufactured at four locations and supported by a global support service network. As the world’s leading security screening provider, Rapiscan Systems provides state of the art products, solutions and services that meet our customers’ most demanding threat detection needs --- while improving their operational efficiency.  


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