London Airport Installs mm-Wave Security Scanners from Rohde & Schwarz

London City Airport (LCY) has successfully introduced a state-of-the-art millimetre-wave full-body scanner from Rohde & Schwarz to increase the speed of security screening and detection at the airport. The Quick Personnel Security scanner R&S QPS200 completes a scan in just a few seconds and automatically detects potentially dangerous items. This is the first trial of the Quick Personnel Security scanner R&S QPS200 in the UK.

The open plan design of the scanner means passengers simply stand in front of the scanner with their arms held slightly away from the body. The QPS200 scans the body and alerts authorities if a suspicious object is detected. The object is marked on a graphic of the human body, with a neutral display preserving the privacy of passengers. The introduction of the new scanner will help make the airport security experience for passengers quick and efficient, whilst maintaining the airport’s customer proposition of 20 minutes from the front door to departure lounge, as part of a £2 million security investment.

Each day approximately 10,000 departing passengers pass through their central security search area and they constantly look at ways to improve the screening experience, including the use of new technology. The Rohde & Schwarz body scanner is one of the best in the industry and it quickly detects any prohibited objects and at the same time is easy for passengers.

The R&S QPS200 by Rohde & Schwarz has been successful deployed at the London City Airport (LCY) and is a springboard for expanding their technology in the UK. This pilot scheme demonstrates that R&S have a future proof technology and, with the expansion of LCY now approved, they are looking forward to working with LCY in the future, trialling and testing new techniques and protocols with body scanners. 

The security scanners have been certified by the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC), and are already the preferred choice for security checks based on millimetre-wave technology within German federal facilities. R&S QPS millimetre-wave technology operates in the frequency range between 70 GHz and 80 GHz and there is no health hazard associated with the R&S QPS transmitter, which is hundreds or even thousands of times lower than that of a mobile phone.