- Amphion Innovations partner company, Kromek, has received European Union certification to provide colour x-ray liquid detection systems to all European airports.

Kromek's bottle scanner has qualified as a category B device that has achieved Type 1 and Type 2 100% capability and has been officially tested, verified and authorised by European Civil Aviation Conference.

By April 2011, liquid items bought in transit (i.e. duty free purchases) will be allowed on board, providing the appropriate security measures, such as screening, are in place at the airports concerned.

The results of the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) led trials establish that the technology is ready to allow the 2011 deadline to be met by the airports.

By April 2013, the ban will be lifted completely, allowing the carriage of liquids on flights across Europe.

The move marks a breakthrough in airport security. As the threat from liquid threat has become greater, airport security officials are seeking appropriate technology to mitigate this threat. For the first time, airports can purchase tested, approved, and secure technology that will allow authorities to relax the ban on liquid on flights.

Kromek CEO Dr. Arnab Basu said: "It's a significant milestone for Kromek as the approved listing is vindication that colour x-ray detection has been proven.

"The next generation of X-ray technology has arrived, with a market ready machine that can detect liquid threat."

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