DETECT 1000 Completes Live Operational Trial at Narita Airport


In support of Japan’s preparations for the 2020 Summer Olympics and anticipated upgrades to the nation’s aviation security technology, the IDSS DETECT 1000 was selected for a multi-week, live operational trial at Narita Airport.  Paired with a Scarabee Smart Security Lane, the DETECT 1000’s intuitive operator interface and superior image quality aided the Narita team in delivering efficient checkpoint screening of passenger carry-on luggage and seamless on-screen resolution of potential threats. IDSS and our partner, EBISTRADE, also welcomed regulators and additional airport operators such as Kansai International Airport, Chaba Suvarnabhumi Airport, Hong Kong International Airport, Aviation Security Business Center, NAA Safety Support Corporation and Air Asia to experience the DETECT 1000 in a live airport environment. 

“IDSS was honored to be invited by Narita Airport and the wider aviation community of Japan to demonstrate the benefits of CT checkpoint technology and introduce the DETECT 1000’s unique advantages. Live operational trials are one of the most effective ways to help our airport customers evaluate the DETECT 1000’s threat detection performance and positively impact the experience of operators and passengers. We are grateful to our colleagues at Narita Airport for their insight into how we can continue to support the future needs of the Japanese market.” said Joseph Paresi, IDSS CEO.  


Seigo Tanaka of EBISTRADE added, "EBISTRADE was delighted to partner with IDSS to introduce the DETECT 1000 to the Japanese aviation industry and to witness the positive reception the system garnered from passengers, Narita Airport team members and management, representatives from other Japanese airport operators and governing bodies.  In addition to the DETECT 1000’s high resolution imaging and user-friendly features, IDSS’ focus on customer service ensured the trial was a success." 

The IDSS DETECT 1000 is currently participating in multiple operational trials and demonstrations in the United States and around the world.



Divestitures = Delays

The bottlenecking that occurs around checkpoint security has driven passenger complaints over the course of the last 15 years. Increased security wait times have forced travelers to relegate important travel items to their checked baggage or risk missing their flights.

According to analysis by the IATA CoF Committee, a meaningful portion of the inefficiencies at these checkpoints is attributable to the number of divestitures passengers are required to make before passing through security. The figure below highlights two of the largest contributors are the removal of electronics and liquid restrictions. Combined these restrictions account for 23% of all airport checkpoint delays. 

Current guidelines allow passengers to bring a quart-sized bag of liquids, aerosols, gels, creams and pastes in carry-on luggage.  Individual liquid containers are restricted to 3.4 ounces (100 milliliters) or less. However, the quart-sized bag must be removed from carry-on bags and screened separately. Likewise, when it comes to electronics, anything larger than a standard size laptop must be screened separately.

While these practices have been the norm for a while and passengers have acclimated to some degree, passenger traffic has grown over 20% from 2003 to 2014. Assuming passenger traffic continues to grow in the future, the existing guidelines will become unsustainable and will lead to increasingly long wait times.

Attribution analysis of airport checkpoint delays (%)

Source: IATA CoF Committee

The Emerging Complexity of the Bag

The current airport climate has bred a set of dueling forces when it comes to the makeup of carry-on luggage. The following forces have incentivized more false alarms, longer checkpoint delays, and overall operational inefficiency.

               Airlines - Continue to impose fees on customers for either overweight bags or additional checked luggage.

               Passengers - Motivated to avoid extra charges imposed by airlines, passengers pack items in their carry-on luggage that they otherwise would have stowed. These include electronics, smaller liquids and miscellaneous items.

               Terrorists - Have become attuned to some of the practices of checkpoint operators. As a result, they have deviated from traditional explosive devices to homemade explosives, which are considerably harder to visually identify.

The three combine to make an airport operator’s job akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. Computer Tomography is the only technology equipped to meet these demands.

Therefore, the need for improved image resolution at the checkpoint has become more important than ever. The DETECT ™ 1000 delivers the best Explosive Detection System (EDS) image resolution in existence. The superior resolution, coupled with excellent automated explosive detection capabilities and operator alerts, make visual identification of threats far more probable.

For example, the following pictures were taken from a 2016 customer trial in which ~96% of all inserted threats were found by trained operators. The DETECT ™ 1000’s results are in stark contrast to the tests conducted in 2015 by the Department of Homeland Security's “red teams” who were able to get banned items through the screening process in 67 out of 70 tests conducted across the nation.