GE Security Explosives Detection Systems Help Protect Homeward-Bound Olympic Athletes and Visitors Using Beijing Capital International Airport
GE Security, Inc., a business of GE Enterprise Solutions (NYSE:GE), today announced its Homeland Protection business installed twelve GE Security CTX 9000 DSi advanced baggage screening systems at Beijing Capital International Airport’s (BCIA) Terminal Three as part of the city’s infrastructure investment for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.
GE Security’s CTX 9000 advanced technology explosives detection systems are helping BCIA better protect visitors and athletes returning home after the Olympic Games. They are configured to optimally accommodate the 43 million air passengers and 170,000 flights per year for which the terminal was designed and also serve as a model for inline baggage screening systems throughout the country and region.
“GE Security is pleased to be the provider of this reliable and advanced security technology for this state of the art airport terminal that is currently supporting travelers returning home from the world’s premiere sporting event,” said Dennis Cooke, president and CEO, GE Security’s Homeland Protection business. “This deployment of advanced explosives detection capability to Beijing Capital International Airport underscores our commitment to providing integrated, real-world security solutions that are helping protect and secure Beijing 2008 Olympic Games athletes and visitors as well as all air travelers.”
“Our investment in GE’s aviation security solutions is helping to make our security operations more effective, more efficient and more convenient for our passengers,” said Mr. Yuan, vice president, BCIA expansion headquarters.
The GE CTX 9000 line of CT-based inline explosives detection baggage screening solutions is designed to integrate with airport baggage handling systems (BHS). The CTX 9000 system is TSA-certified and is often well suited for fast-paced airport environments.
With construction of the new Terminal Three beginning in 2004, China has invested approximately $2 billion USD to develop it as a modern gateway to accommodate increased international visitation to the Chinese capitol. The terminal’s development is part of an unprecedented $40 billion USD infrastructure investment ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games, which host city Beijing anticipates to be among the most profitable and well attended of recent Games.
Designed for ease of operation and service, with multiplexing capabilities and a low false alarm rate, the CTX 9000 system can be an excellent investment for high-volume airports. Its advanced technology can assist customers to efficiently and accurately identify the most challenging threat substances.
The new Terminal Three opened to the public earlier this year. It consists of three concourses with a combined total area of some 1,000,000 square meters. Concourse C accommodates domestic and international check-in, domestic departures, and domestic and international baggage claim. Concourse D is temporarily dedicated to charter flights during the Olympic and the Paralympics Games. Concourse E is for international departures and arrivals.
About Beijing Capital International Airport
The Beijing Capital International Airport terminal officially opened on October 1, 1999, marking the 50th anniversary of Chinese Communist rule. This new, bright and airy terminal, built at a cost of $1.1 billion, is a welcome replacement for the former facility, which started operating in the 1950s, and has become increasingly cramped and dingy with the rise in the number of passengers visiting China.
The new four-story terminal (including basement level) covers an area of 336,000 square meters — three times the size of the former terminal — and puts much more emphasis on passenger comfort. The complex also includes a large-scale public parking building and a cargo station.
When this state-of-the-art terminal goes into full operation, it will be able to handle 190,000 flights, 35 million passengers, and 780,000 tons of cargo a year. The building has 51 elevators, 63 escalators, and 26 moving sidewalks to make moving around the airport easy.
Beijing is served by international carriers such as Northwest, United, Canadian Airlines, Lufthansa, SAS, Dragon Air, Japan Airlines, ANA, British Airways, Malaysian Air, Austrian Airlines, Air France, Alitalia, Korean Air, Pakistan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai International, Air China, China Southern and China Northern.
About GE’s Security Business
GE Security, Inc., a wholly owned indirect subsidiary of the General Electric Company (NYSE:GE), is a leading supplier of security and life safety technologies, with operations in more than 35 countries and $1.8 billion in annual sales. GE Security offers one of the industry’s broadest product portfolios, including access control, explosives detection, fire detection, intrusion, key management and surveillance. GE Security’s products are used to protect people and property across a wide range of industries, including aviation, banking and finance, education, government and military, healthcare, law enforcement, residential, retail, stadiums and event venues, and transportation.
GE Security was honored with Frost & Sullivan’s 2008 North American Video Surveillance Solutions Company of the Year Award for its industry leading video portfolio and integration strategy vision and execution. For more information about GE Security, please visit www.gesecurity.com.
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About GE and the Olympic Games
GE is the exclusive provider of a wide range of innovative products and services that are integral to staging a successful Olympic Games. GE works closely with host countries, cities and organizing committees to provide infrastructure solutions for Olympic venues including power, lighting, water treatment, transportation and security, and to supply hospitals with ultrasound and MRI equipment to help doctors treat athletes. In addition, NBC Universal, a division of GE, is the exclusive U.S. media partner of the Olympic Games, with its partnership also extending through 2012. For more information, visit www.ge.com/olympicgames.