AvSec New Zealand to Introduce Smiths Detection’s UV Tray Disinfection

New Zealand Aviation Security Service to Introduce UV Light Tray Disinfection with Smiths Detection

  • AvSec New Zealand to enhance public safety and mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission with UV technology

Smiths Detection has announced with New Zealand Aviation Security Service (AvSec) that it has completed deployment of 18 units of its new Ultraviolet (UV) light tray disinfection kit to help enhance public health and safety at airports across the country.

The UV disinfection kits are proven by independent laboratory tests to eliminate up to 99.9% of microorganisms – including coronaviruses – found on trays at checkpoints; and are installed at Auckland (six units), Wellington (four units), Christchurch International Airports (six units), and Dunedin Airport (two units).

Group Manager of Capability for AvSec, Ben Smith, said:

“The wellbeing of our passengers and team members is of topmost priority as our nation defends against the ongoing global health crisis. Smiths Detection’s UV disinfection kits help ensure that surface contamination and the spread of viruses are minimised during security screenings, providing a peace of mind to passengers and airport staff. This ongoing working relationship with Smiths Detection helps bolster New Zealand’s capabilities in safeguarding passenger health and safety across airports where AvSec screens, which we see as important in boosting consumer trust during the gradual recovery and resumption of aviation travel.”

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Six UV disinfection kits have been installed at Auckland Airport.

The UV kit uses short-wavelength UV light (UVC), commonly used for disinfection in healthcare and industrial production to distort the structure of the genetic material and prevent the viral particles from multiplying or infecting. The kits are shielded with robust metal housing to ensure that passengers and staff are not exposed to UV light.

Managing Director of Smiths Detection Australia and New Zealand, Jordan Thrupp, said:

“AvSec came to Smiths Detection with the challenge of fighting against COVID-19 transmission risks in aviation. Our UVC technology at checkpoints helps provide a high level of reassurance to passengers as well as airport staff. I hope we can take our experience to other airports in the region which are going through similar challenges and restore confidence in travelling.”

This article was originally published by Smiths Detection.

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