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Detectors for Manchester

Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, announced a contract with UK Airport Operator Manchester Airports Group Plc (M.A.G.) for 44 Itemiser 4DXexplosives trace detectors (ETD).

After a technical and commercially competitive tender, M.A.G. selected Itemiser 4DX to replace non-Morpho legacy systems and meet new European Union mandates for passenger screening at Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports. The French product firm says its Itemiser family of desktop ETD, Itemiser 4DX detects and identifies trace amounts of explosives on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.

Karen Bomba, president and CEO, Morpho Detection, said: “Building on 15 years of Itemiser systems screening passengers and baggage at the world’s busiest aviation hubs, Itemiser 4DX helps airports enhance security and operational capabilities while reducing false alarms. Morpho’s field-proven track record of delivering, servicing and supporting ETD systems around the world has created an unmatched, reliable end-to-end solution. We look forward to supporting M.A.G. as they work to meet their growing passenger and security demands.”

Morpho Detection meanwhile announced a contract with Copenhagen Airport in Denmark for 30 desktop Itemiser 4DX explosives trace detectors (ETD). This was the first ETD contract awarded by Copenhagen Airport.

Powered by a non-radioactive ITMS (Ion Trap Mobility Spectrometer) source, Itemiser 4DX is claimed to eliminate the administrative, regulatory, storage and shipping requirements associated with a radiation-emitting trace detection source. Approved for passenger and cargo screening by UK Department for Transport (DfT) and through European Civil Aviation Conference’s (ECAC) 44 member nations, more than 800 Itemiser 4DX ETD have been shipped to airports in Europe. More than 23,000 Morpho ETD systems have been supplied to airports, air cargo facilities, law enforcement agencies and secure locations worldwide.



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