HIA upgrades security screening technology

Hamad International Airport

Hamad International Airport (HIA) has enhanced its security screening technology with an advanced algorithm that enables security personnel to detect explosive materials held in complex items and structures.

This new technology allows passengers the freedom to keep electronic devices, such as laptops, tablets and digital cameras, in their hand luggage while going through security checkpoints.

The C2 technology will be implemented at all transfer screening checkpoints to begin with, upon the gradual reopening of transfer gates. It will allow HIA to reach a higher and internationally recognised explosives detection system standard.

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The ECAC C2 Detection standard can pin-point threat materials in congested bags, including electronic devices that previously had to be segregated from bags. Once the bag is placed on the X-ray for screening, it can be collected without any further stops for re-screening or physical inspections.

The new system is a significant counter COVID-19 measure that reduces possible cross-contamination among passenger carry-on bags. The implementation of the technology will elevate the airport’s hygiene standards, by limiting human contact at the security checkpoints.

Vice president – security, HIA, Saeed Yousef Al-Sulaiti explained: “The security process at HIA is continuously improving through the introduction of cutting-edge technologies. Our goal is to make the travel journey safer, given the current COVID-19 pandemic. During these challenging times, our priority remains to protect passengers while preserving security.

“Through the implementation of C2 technology, we can accomplish a more efficient protocol that addresses all passenger concerns. Our passenger-centric strategy helps us continue our investments towards that front while developing solutions that are in the best interest of our people,” Al-Sulaiti added.

As well as boosting HIA’s passenger processing capacity, the new technology will additionally reduce queuing times at security points. It also allows HIA to provide a smooth and hassle-free journey to all passengers and maintain its recognition as an airport that consistently meets the highest standards of safety and security.

Looking ahead, HIA is considering the implementation of body scanners to provide better security outcomes while slowly easing all body search procedures. This potential technology will prove to be helpful during the COVID-19 crisis as it will reduce contact during body searches. The travel hub is also exploring the introduction of a combination of anti-bacterial trays at checkpoints and automated UV emitting modules that will automatically disinfect the trays passengers touch.