Manchester Airports Group selects Rohde & Schwarz security scanners for key UK airports

Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) has secured a five-year Framework Agreement with the Manchester Airports Group (MAG) to supply the latest generation of R&S QPS201 security scanners to Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports.

MAG is the UK’s largest airport group, welcoming over 60 million passengers every year to its three airports. The contract will commence with an initial six scanners at London Stansted Airport as the site prepares to welcome passengers over the busy summer period. It’s expected that up to 100 R&S QPS201 security scanners will be deployed across the three airports over the next five years.

“At the MAG, our emphasis is on providing a positive experience for all passengers that visit our airports,” said David Quayle, Manchester Airport Transformation Programme terminal design and operations lead for the MAG. “With this in mind, we selected the R&S QPS201 for its open architecture design and scanning efficiency. Rohde & Schwarz will be a responsive and professional partner, while the product itself will assist our security operations.”

Frank Mackel, vice-president for Europe at Rohde & Schwarz, commented: “We’re delighted to be working in partnership with the MAG. The new scanners aim to put passengers at ease, featuring a more relaxed pose position, a more open design and a faster scan time. The new scanners also benefit security staff, giving them greater visual access to passengers. We hope more airports can benefit from the QPS201 to help them further increase the flow of passengers passing through their security channels.”

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