Beijing airport installs GE Security explosive detection systems

Aug. 25, 2008
CTX 9000 screening systems protect homeward-bound Olympians

GE Security, a business of GE Enterprise Solutions, today announced its Homeland Protection business installed twelve GE Security CTX 9000 DSi advanced baggage screening systems at Beijing Capital International Airport’s (BCIA) Terminal Three as part of the city’s infrastructure investment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

GE Security’s CTX 9000 advanced technology explosives detection systems are helping BCIA better protect visitors and athletes returning home after the Olympic Games. They are configured to optimally accommodate the 43 million air passengers and 170,000 flights per year for which the terminal was designed and also serve as a model for inline baggage screening systems throughout the country and region.

"GE Security is pleased to be the provider of this reliable and advanced security technology for this state of the art airport terminal that is currently supporting travelers returning home from the world’s premiere sporting event," said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, GE Security's Homeland Protection business. "This deployment of advanced explosives detection capability to Beijing Capital International Airport underscores our commitment to providing integrated, real-world security solutions that are helping protect and secure Beijing 2008 Olympic Games athletes and visitors as well as all air travelers."

"Our investment in GE’s aviation security solutions is helping to make our security operations more effective, more efficient and more convenient for our passengers," said Mr. Yuan, vice president, BCIA expansion headquarters.

The GE CTX 9000 line of CT-based inline explosives detection baggage screening solutions is designed to integrate with airport baggage handling systems (BHS). The CTX 9000 system is TSA-certified and is often well suited for fast-paced airport environments.

With construction of the new Terminal Three beginning in 2004, China has invested approximately $2 billion USD to develop it as a modern gateway to accommodate increased international visitation to the Chinese capitol. The terminal’s development is part of an unprecedented $40 billion USD infrastructure investment ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, which host city Beijing anticipates to be among the most profitable and well attended of recent Games.

Designed for ease of operation and service, with multiplexing capabilities and a low false alarm rate, the CTX 9000 system can be an excellent investment for high-volume airports. Its advanced technology can assist customers to efficiently and accurately identify the most challenging threat substances.

The new Terminal Three opened to the public earlier this year. It consists of three concourses with a combined total area of some 1,000,000 square meters. Concourse C accommodates domestic and international check-in, domestic departures, and domestic and international baggage claim. Concourse D is temporarily dedicated to charter flights during the Olympic and the Paralympics Games. Concourse E is for international departures and arrivals.