Melbourne Airport unveils Australia’s first smart-security screening point

Melbourne Airport has unveiled the nation’s first fully integrated international security screening point fit-out with Smart Security technology.

The redeveloped T2 security screening zone includes eGates plus Smart Security lanes that feature new body scanners and automated tray return systems.

Three additional screening lanes, dedicated fast track lanes and a staff and goods lane have also been installed, generating 35 per cent more capacity.

Melbourne Airport’s T2 security screening point also includes a new façade with a prominent ‘Melbourne’ sign, plus brighter signage to guide travellers towards departures.

The interior has also improved with additional lighting and artwork by local artist Britt Salt, lifting the space through optical effects.

Melbourne Airport acting chief aviation, David Hall said: “We are thrilled to be the first airport in Australia to introduce a security screening zone that is fit-out with world leading Smart Security technology, creating enhanced security outcomes while improving the traveller experience.”

“By using eGates we can review multiple boarding passes at any one time, reducing queues at the entrance to the hall. The eGates also have the ability to integrate with facial recognition technology in future.

“On top of that, the automated tray return systems permit travellers to essentially overtake slower passengers, by encouraging multiple people to place their luggage into trays on any one lane.

“The area overall is a lot more welcoming through its design and aesthetics and we look forward to our travellers using the space.”

Hall said each security screening lane contains around $1 million in equipment, ensuring security outcomes and customer service is aligned with world standards.

The T2 screening hall meets the government mandated increases to aviation security.

Hall said the future of travel is trending towards automation. “At Melbourne we’re embracing change and preparing for the future by not only making improvements to security technology, but also through introducing self-service check-in zones and automated bag drop facilities, giving travellers more control of their journey.”