Leidos has been named principal contractor and will be responsible for leading security technology enhancements at London Luton Airport.
As principal contractor, Leidos will manage all subcontractors and associated consultants working on the project. This includes oversight of building modifications to create two central image processing rooms. The company will also install its security systems and other third-party security solutions at the checkpoints.
Under the agreement, Leidos will deploy 12 of its integrated ClearScan cabin baggage scanners and ProPassage automated tray return systems. ClearScan is a computed tomography (CT) scanner with advanced explosive detection algorithms. This capability eliminates the need to remove electronics and approved liquids from carry-on baggage. The large, automated ProPassage trays reduce the number of trays needed per passenger in the divest area and help prevent sweep-outs, a common issue with light items in shallow trays. The combination of these two technologies will enable faster processing of passengers through the checkpoint, according to Leidos.
“This is an exciting opportunity for our team, and we look forward to supporting these important initiatives at London Luton Airport,” said Brad Buswell, senior vice president and operations manager at Leidos. “By focusing on end-to-end solutions versus individual systems, we will deliver a holistic security management solution, which can scale with the airport’s future needs.”
LLA will also deploy Mosaic, Leidos’ open-architecture software platform. This cyber-secure solution integrates all security components into a single management system and will provide the airport with actionable business intelligence across the entire security screening operation.
Work on the project has begun, with the first lanes expected to open to the public in the fourth quarter of 2023.