Smiths Detection and Pangiam Working to Accelerate Open Architecture in Aviation Security


(12/10/22)
 
Smiths Detection, a global leader in threat
detection and screening technology, has partnered with Pangiam,
computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) specialists, to
accelerate the development and adoption of open architecture (OA)
in aviation security.

OA allows hardware, software and algorithms from
different product suppliers to be plugged together, enabling
technology to be managed centrally so customers can achieve
operational efficiencies, improved safety outcomes and work with a
more relevant, precise data ecosystem.

Smiths Detection and Pangiam will leverage the
talent, assets and expertise of both companies to enable the
transfer of 3D images from Smiths Detection’s computed tomography
(CT) cabin baggage scanner HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX to Pangiam’s Computer
Vision insights, thereby enriching the information and analysis
available to screening authorities.

Smiths Detection HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX

As part of the collaboration,
the two companies will run a series of technological
demonstrations designed to rapidly develop and field new
capabilities, unlocking further innovation.

Head of Project Dartmouth at Pangiam, Alexis Long,
said, “We are delighted to work closely to break new ground in
Open Architecture and bring data-driven solutions to the growing
global consortium of public and private stakeholders that have
embraced Open Architecture. Smiths Detection is the obvious choice
for collaboration to drive this technology, due to their leading
technology and significant install base.”

The collaboration aligns with Smiths Detection’s
Ada Initiative – to accelerate open architecture adoption in
aviation, ports and borders, defence and urban security – and
Pangiam’s Project Dartmouth collaboration with Google Cloud –
which uses AI and pattern analysis technologies to digest and
analyze vast amounts of data in real-time and identify potential
prohibited items in carry-on baggage, checked baggage, airline
cargo and shipments.

Richard Thompson, Smiths Detection Vice President of Marketing,
said, “While Smiths Detection has a successful
record of delivering its iCMORE automatic threat recognition
technology for example with weapons, currency and lithium batteries,
one of the primary objectives of OA is to offer choice. Through
the Ada initiative we enable this choice by allowing customers the
freedom to work with companies such as Pangiam. We’re excited to
be driving open architecture across our industry and to be working
with Pangiam to allow the integration of their technology with our
best-in-class CT checkpoint solution.”

Laboratory demonstrations began in August 2022,
with the resulting solutions expected to reach international
airports for advanced testing by early 2023, ready for full
deployment thereafter.


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