From Brussels to Tokyo, ENGIE eases your way through airports
Have you flown from Brussels Airport recently? Then you must have already used the state-of-the-art hand-luggage security checkpoints. The new system, which was fully installed in Brussels by ENGIE Fabricom, is a first and has already been imitated elsewhere in the world.
Going on holiday soon? Your bags are packed, you set off for the airport and check in your luggage. Now you just need to pass through security before you can go to the departure gate. But first you have to wait in a long queue and hope that the security attendant gives you a plastic tray. However, if you have travelled from Brussels Airport recently, you will know that this is no longer the case! ENGIE Fabricom has installed a state-of-the-art automated system that transports plastic trays from one end of the conveyor belt to the other after they have been used to ensure a constant supply of trays. This simplification and automation facilitates passengers’ progress through security.
450 trays per hour per machine
Staff members no longer have to move trays themselves, everything is done automatically. They no longer stand next to the X-ray machines but stay in a decentralised control room so that they can fully concentrate on checking luggage. It is the biggest security platform in Europe, with 25 screening lanes, or conveyor belts, each machine transporting 450 trays every hour, which is the equivalent of 1.9 plastic trays per passenger! Passing through security has become much smoother, for both hand luggage and passengers.
System adopted as far away as Japan
Other airports around the world – such as Narita and Hareda in Tokyo (Japan) and Keflavik near Reykjavik (Iceland) – have been convinced by this automated system, which is a world first. New machines are being installed at Osaka International Airport (Japan) and Lyon (France) at this very moment, while other pilot projects are being discussed at various airports throughout the world. Institutions such as NATO, the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg and the Port of Barcelona have also shown an interest in this innovative system.
ENGIE’s airport services
ENGIE and its subsidiaries are not only offering their expertise and know-how in hand luggage management, though. Their competencies extend well beyond luggage security and handling systems. The ENGIE Benelux Service entities have operated in the airport sector for nearly 30 years, developing considerable expertise in technical installations in airport buildings, facility services, and the management of passenger safety and comfort.
ENGIE’s offer for players in the airport sector is comprehensive: video-surveillance and passenger security systems, display board management, passenger boarding bridge management, aeroplane guidance and start-up systems, and technical and energy management of buildings.