Incheon International Airport trials UV light tray disinfection tech

The UV light tray disinfection kit can be retrofitted into existing automated tray handling systems to kill harmful microorganisms on trays transported from reclaim back to the divest station.
By Dean Koh
04:03 am
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Credit: Smiths Detection

Incheon International Airport has successfully trialed screening tech company Smith Detection’s Computed Tomography (CT) technology based carry-on baggage scanner, HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX at Terminal 2 Transfer Inspection Center, followed by a trial of the new Ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kit.

The airport trialed the advanced baggage screening systems over seven weeks, ending in June 2020. This is now being followed by a trial of Smiths Detection’s new UV disinfection kit, proven to kill up to 99.9% of microorganisms – including coronaviruses – found on trays at checkpoints.

WHAT THEY DO

The HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX produces high-resolution volumetric 3D images allowing operators to perform more detailed on-screen inspections. Coupled with a lower false alarm rate, it reduces the overall rejection rate and need for physical re-inspection, translating to fewer touch points during security screenings. 

The UV light tray disinfection kit can be retrofitted into existing automated tray handling systems to kill harmful microorganisms on trays transported from reclaim back to the divest station. This further protects passengers and staff from physical transmission of contagious diseases.

THE LARGER TREND

As countries around the world are still dealing with subsequent waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and opening up cautiously, airports are making use of the latest tech to reduce physical contact and keeping surfaces clean to reduce potential transmission of the coronavirus.

For instance, a Dubai-based company launched its own sanitizing gate solution called the Guard Sanitizing Gate that features an automatic 360-degree disinfection barrier that reportedly kills 99.9% of germs and viruses, Healthcare IT News reported.

Omron Asia-Pacific, a provider of industrial automation solutions across the APAC region, also launched the Omron LD-UVC robot, which navigates autonomously and disinfects premises including the high-touch areas by eliminating 99.90% of bacteria and viruses -both airborne and droplet- by delivering the precise dosage of UVC energy.

ON THE RECORD

“The future of air travel depends on protecting the health and safety of all passengers and staff, and this partnership is committed to this task,” said John Tan, Managing Director, Smiths Detection Asia. “CT technology will enhance checkpoint security and speed up passenger screening processes. Passengers will now be able to leave liquids and electronic devices in their carry-on bags, transforming screening processes into quicker, more contactless ones.”

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