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Smiths Detection protecting Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Posted 2 August 2022

Threat detection tech specialist, Smiths Detection, is providing X-ray screening and detection equipment for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, helping to create a secure environment for all attendees.

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The Games will attract over one million visitors between 28th July and 8th August 2022, highlighting the importance of implementing the highest levels of security screening capabilities to ensure the safety of guests, athletes, volunteers and fans.

The X-ray systems supplied by Smiths Detection will be used to screen sporting equipment, incoming goods and the belongings of attendees to the Games – including visitors, athletes and their support teams. In preparation for the Games, Smiths Detection delivered thorough training for over 400 security operators.

Smiths Detection is also supplying both the IONSCAN 600, for trace detection of explosives and narcotics and the BioFlash, a biological aerosol identifier capable of detecting SARS CoV-2 from air samples, to help further enhance the security and safety of staff and attendees.

In line with the Games’ carbon neutral legacy and circular economy ambitions, the equipment supplied by Smiths Detection for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will come from its rental service, drastically reducing emissions that would have been created from the manufacture of new equipment and any emissions resulting from Smiths Detection equipment during the games will be offset through a Midlands-based environmental organisation.

Nick Knight, Birmingham 2022 Director of Security, said: “The safety and security of our athletes, spectators and overall venues is of critical importance to us and the success of Birmingham 2022. We’re delighted to welcome Smiths Detection as a supplier for their track record in leading security screening solutions. I know their knowledge and experience will prove invaluable, when helping Birmingham 2022 showcase a safe, secure and spectacular edition of the Games to the world.”

Smiths Detection President, Roland Carter said: “We have worked closely with the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games team to ensure we’re supplying equipment that not only meets their security requirements but helps them to achieve their ambition of being the first Net Zero Games. We’re proud to be playing a critical role in the smooth operation of the event, by helping to create a safe environment for attendees, athletes and staff.”

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