Smiths Detection technology has been selected by the Ethiopian Railways to secure the infrastructure on a key rail link connecting Ethiopia and the port at Djibouti.

Under the contract, Smiths Detection will install a range of 39 scanners to prevent possible threats at 16 major stations along the route.

Scanner models being deployed include 18 HI-SCAN 6040i; 12 HI-SCAN 9075HR; and nine HI-SCAN 145180-2is devices.

These scanners will be used to carry out high-speed, accurate screening for hand baggage, larger items of luggage and cargo.

Smiths Detection EMEA vice-president Tony Tielen said: “This train link is expected to be hugely beneficial to the development of industry in Ethiopia and we are privileged to have the opportunity to help protect such a strategically significant route.

“Ensuring that threats do not infiltrate mass transport networks is essential to keep people safe.”

“Ensuring that threats do not infiltrate mass transport networks is essential to keep people safe, maintain public confidence and keep economies going.

“It is our most significant railway security contract to date and demonstrates how we are continuing to strengthen our position in the urban security sector.”

The 750km long rail line connects the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with the sea in nearly ten hours, serving as a key trade link for this landlocked country.

Earlier, trucks were used to transport cargo to the Djibouti port, a process that took nearly two to three days.

Smiths Detection secured this contract through a competitive tender process, which was based on technical evaluation, reliability, and reputation.

Deliveries of the scanners and their deployment will be carried out in June and July.