Brussels Airport handles up to 94,000 passengers every day. The hand baggage of each and every one has to be checked at security, which has been equipped with a system of 25 hypermodern screening lanes since spring 2017. ENGIE Fabricom implemented some innovative technology and procedures here for the first time, which both optimise efficiency and make the process easier for passengers and security officers. It has aroused the interest of safety authorities around the world.

450 trays per hour and per machine

Although passengers still have to place their hand baggage and personal items in a plastic tray at the beginning of each belt, the capacity of the system is higher. Each belt of the state-of-the-art system can handle 450 plastic trays per hour, helped by automatic return of trays to the beginning of the belt after use. That means there are always plenty available, and the process runs more smoothly.

The 25 belts contain multiple sensors which collect a lot of data. This is processed in real time by a supervision system designed by ENGIE Fabricom.

Security officers now do their work in a central control room, instead of next to the scanners, which helps them concentrate on their vital task of checking X-ray images. If they see something suspicious, the plastic tray is given a virtual mark and the baggage is taken to a second, closed band for further inspection. The screen immediately shows the security officer where the suspect object is located, so the officer can search through everything manually.

High flyer

Safety experts from airports around the world are interested in the system. A similar system is currently in use at Narita and Haneda in Tokyo (Japan) and Keflavik (Iceland). The screening lines are also planned to open soon in Osaka (Japan), Lyon (France), and 14 regional airports in Greece. Institutions such as NATO, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the Port of Barcelona have also shown interest in this innovative system.