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Smiths Detection partners with Lazada Express to improve threat detection capabilities

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Global provider of threat detection and security screening technologies, Smiths Detection, has recently been awarded a major contract to supply Lazada Express (Lazada Thailand’s delivery arm) with two of the company’s advanced X-ray inspection systems.

Smiths Detection – whose systems help automatically detect undeclared, unsecured lithium batteries which are capable of igniting when shipped by air – are providing Lazada Express with the HI-SCAN 100100V-2, equipped with two 160kV generators in 90° opposition, and the iCMORE, an automatic object recognition tool designed for optimal detection performance.

The deployment is in response to the e-commerce surge in Thailand following COVID-19 lockdowns, in which Lazada added 26,000 new merchants to its platform in March 2020 alone. This surge also saw an increased interest in electronics, like computers, among Thai consumers.

Lithium batteries often found in electronics pose a hazardous threat and, since 2006, the US Federal Aviation Administration has recorded approximately 300 incidents of smoke, heat, fire or explosion involving lithium batteries in air cargo or baggage.

Smiths Detection’s Managing Director of North Asia, Aurelien Guilbert, remarked: “We are confident that Smiths Detection’s cargo screening technology combined with AI-enabled automatic detection capabilities will strengthen Lazada Express’ security capabilities.

“With smart, adaptable algorithms, iCMORE provides powerful, automatic detection to help reduce burden on image analysts while improving screening outcomes. This will also secure everyday operations to protect the safety of the air cargo sector and Lazada Express’ workers.”