Toulouse-Blagnac Airport will be the first airport in France to deploy a remote screening software solution for cabin baggage

Paris, March 6, 2015 – Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, in partnership with Optosecurity and Smiths Detection are proud to announce the first deployment of Checkpoint.Evo in France, in the Hall D Checkpoint of the airport.

The software solution enables remote screening of hand baggage for multiple security checkpoints.  Scanned baggage X-ray images are sent in real time to centralized screening location where a group of security agents perform image analysis.    

The project aims to deploy Checkpoint.Evo on two lanes at the Hall D Checkpoint at Toulouse-Blagnac Airport. This first deployment in France is expected for summer 2015 and its objectives are to increase security, checkpoint productivity, passenger throughput, and to reduce operational costs. Checkpoint.Evo is also expected to be deployed gradually on a larger scale throughout the airport, starting in 2017.

“We believe this new approach will enable us to be more efficient and more competitive. It will allow security agents to work in the best possible conditions and allow passengers to benefit from a better experience. With Toulouse being a very high profile center of innovation in the aviation industry, it was important for us to be the first ones in France to adopt this technology.” states Alain de la Meslière, COO of Toulouse Blagnac Airport.

“This first deployment in France is a key step in the continued growth of Optosecurity and its growth in the European market. We are very proud that Toulouse Airport, one of the leaders in aviation innovation in Europe, has chosen our solution and has taken this leadership role.” states Eric Bergeron, CEO and Founder of Optosecurity.

About Optosecurity Inc. - Headquartered in Canada, Optosecurity Inc. is a leader in operational efficiency and threat detection for checkpoint security in airports and other critical infrastructures. Optosecurity’s eVelocity software suite is the first in the world to enable centralized remote screening of hand luggage, redefining airport security paradigms and economics, demonstrating proven savings and productivity enhancements. Optosecurity’s automated threat detection software also enables liquid explosives detection in a cost-efficient way and is certified by European civil aviation authorities.

Optosecurity Media Contacts:
Chris McPherson, Director of Product Management, +1 418 653 7665 ext.122,
Gabrielle Bouchard, Marketing & Communications Advisor, +1 418 653 7665 ext.116

About Smiths Detection - Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband. It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components. Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

Smiths Detection Media Contacts:
Colin McSeveny, Head of Group Media Relations, +44 (0)20 7808 5534,
Barbara Zanzinger,  Director of Communications & Marketing - EMEA, +49 61 1941 2422

About Toulouse-Blagnac Airport - Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is the fifth largest airport in France, with more than 7.5 million passengers in 2014. It is also the 1st regional cargo airport in France, processing over 60,000 tons.  Its modern and efficient facilities contribute to the very high quality of its service, as acknowledged by passenger satisfaction surveys.   Airbus and ATR’s assembly lines situated along the airport’s runways helped carve the airport’s name in aviation history for hosting pioneer flights of legendary aircraft such as the Caravelle, the Concorde or the Airbus A380.  In 2014, the Airbus A320 NEO took flight for the first time from the airport’s runways.  Toulouse-Blagnac Airport offers regularly scheduled flights to 17 domestic destinations, 40 international destinations and 40 charter destinations.

Toulouse-Blagnac Airport Media Contact:
Marc Dupeyron, Head of Press Relations,  +33 (0)6 37 72 30 68