Morpho Detection Awarded Frankfurt Airport Contract for Desktop Trace Detectors
HAMBURG, Germany – November 4, 2014 – Morpho (Safran), through its subsidiary Morpho Detection, today announced a contract with Fraport AG, the owner and manager of Frankfurt Airport, for 45 Itemiser® DX explosives trace detectors (ETD).
Under terms of the contract, all systems will be deployed to Frankfurt Airport this year as a result of new EU legislation for explosives screening of personnel, materials and concessions entering secure areas of airports. A lightweight, portable desktop system, Itemiser DX can detect traces from explosives on skin, clothing, carried items, bags, vehicles and other surfaces.
"Morpho Detection commends Frankfurt for joining a growing number of leading global airports utilizing Itemiser DX to screen for explosives," said Cyril Dujardin, president and CEO, Morpho Detection International. "Itemiser DX is another example of Morpho's commitment to helping our customers meet current and emerging security challenges and mandates by deploying advanced detection technologies."
Working closely with local partner ELP GmbH, Itemiser DX was selected by Fraport following competitive operational testing for its detection capabilities and Morpho's ability to provide a comprehensive solution including service and consumables. In addition, Itemiser DX uses significantly less energy than current checkpoint configurations and will help Frankfurt Airport further reduce energy consumption.
"We are proud to be the first German airport to change the screening process according to the new EU regulations for personnel. Working with Morpho Detection has allowed us to maintain regulatory compliance while enhancing our screening capabilities without impacting the flow of goods and personnel," said Markus Volnhals, project manager at Fraport AG.
First introduced in 2009 and currently certified by seven global regulatory agencies, more than 5,000 Itemiser DX units have been deployed to airport checkpoints, checked baggage and air cargo screening facilities, critical infrastructure and secure locations around the world.
Morpho, a Safran company, is a global leader in security solutions. We employ more than 8,400 people in 40 countries. In 2013, we reported revenues of 1.5 billion euro of which 9% was dedicated to R&D. Our unique expertise lies in providing cutting edge security solutions for Civil Identification, Public Security, Transport and Border Control, Critical Infrastructure, Digital ID and Smart Transactions markets. We are the world leader in biometric identity solutions, automated identification systems based on fingerprint, iris and face recognition, and Computed Tomography (CT)-based Explosives Detection Systems (EDS) for hold baggage. We are one of the leading suppliers of trace detection solutions for the aviation market, road safety solutions, SIM cards, banking cards and gaming terminals. With integrated systems operating in more than 100 countries, our solutions secure and simplify the lives of people around the world.
About Morpho Detection
Morpho Detection, part of Morpho, Safran's (PAR: SAF) security business, is a leading supplier of explosives and narcotics and chemical, radiological, and nuclear detection systems for government, military, air and ground transportation, first responder, critical infrastructure and other high-risk organizations. Morpho Detection integrates computed tomography, Raman spectroscopy, trace (ITMS™), mass spectrometry, X-ray and X-ray Diffraction technologies into solutions that can make security activities more accurate, productive and efficient. Morpho Detection's solutions are deployed to help protect people and property the world over.