EU certification for colour X ray technology will see the end of liquid flight ban
EU certification for colour X ray technology will see the end of liquid flight
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Major coup for innovator Kromek
25(th) October 2010: Global technology innovator Kromek has received official
European Union (EU) certification to provide colour x-ray liquid detection
systems to all European airports.
By April 2011, liquid items bought in transit (i.e. duty free purchases) will be
allowed on board, providing the appropriate security measures, such as
screening, are in place at the airports concerned. The results of the European
Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) led trials prove that the technology is ready
to allow the 2011 regulatory deadline to be met by the airports. By April 2013,
the ban will be lifted completely, allowing the carriage of liquids on flights
Kromek´s Bottle Scanner has qualified as a Category B device, that has achieved
Type 1 and Type 2 100% capability and been officially tested, verified and
authorised by ECAC. As of now, all EU airports are free to buy and implement
Kromek´s Bottle Scanner product.
"It´s a significant milestone for Kromek as the approved listing is vindication
that colour x-ray detection has been proven, " said Arnab Basu, CEO, Kromek. "The
next generation of X-ray technology has arrived, with a market ready machine
that can detect liquid threats."
Kromek´s revolutionary technology signals a new era in colour x-ray detection,
and a market-changing development in aviation security. The company is
introducing to the sector a truly pioneering form of detection, which has been
likened to the advent of colour TV, from black and white, in terms of
significance and market potential.
"To be named by EU regulators as an authorised provider of a revolutionary
solution to one of the greatest threats to civil aviation currently is a major
moment in Kromek´s history, " continued Basu.
"The threat from Liquid, Aerosol and Gel (LAG) based explosives became apparent
in August 2006 following discovery of a plot to use such devices aboard multiple
transatlantic flights. Although Kromek had not set out to produce such equipment
we were quick to realise with our capabilities we had the versatility to produce
a solution for this market need".
Kromek´s verified and approved solution effectively guards against such a
possibility. It is a major step forward in the fight against global terrorism
where liquid is increasingly becoming a common tool for terrorist use and we are
proud to be able to contribute to the national security."
Basu concluded: "The next year and beyond is extremely exciting for us. Kromek
will continue to see strong growth over the coming years as our innovative
solutions to many previously intractable problems captures the imagination. Our
groundbreaking technology not only provides products to the airline security
market but has the opportunity for development into a range of products for many
highly lucrative markets such as medical and industrial fields, where we are
already beginning to get commercial traction".
Notes to editors
Founded in 2003 and formerly known as Durham Scientific Crystals, Kromek was
spun out of Durham University´s physics department.
Kromek specialises in the development of disruptive technology solutions for a
broad range of commercial markets. It is currently pioneering digital colour
imaging for x-rays and advanced 3D imaging for the medical, security, industrial
inspection and defence markets.
Since its inception the company has grown from a two-man operation into an
organisation employing over 50 people in its UK and Californian operations.
The company has successfully pioneered a revolutionary 3D x-ray technology which
has huge commercial benefits for a range of sectors, especially the airline
security industry, where it is uniquely placed to fulfil an increasing,
necessary worldwide demand for liquid explosive detection at airports.
In 2009, CEO Arnab Basu won Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Ernst and Young´s
coveted business awards.
The company was also named Best Security SME at the 2009 Global Challenge
Awards, which acknowledges the challenges young, innovative security companies
face in their goals for success. As a result, Kromek received $400,000 from the
Technical Support Working Group (TSWG) department of the US government, the
national research and development arm for combating terrorism at home and
In recent years Kromek´s achievements have been recognised with awards from:
* Institute of Engineering and Technology - winner of the 2008 IET Awards for
Security and Transport and highly commended in the emerging technologies
* Barclays Technology Company of the year, 2006;
* O(2) Innovation company of the year in 2007;
* Innovation company of the Year in NE Business Awards 2008; and
* Business Growth and Investment Award 2009 from regional development agency
One North East.
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