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Siemens Awarded Baggage Screening System Contract for Las Vegas Airport


Erlangen, Siemens has been awarded a contract from Southwest Airlines for the turnkey integration of the mechanical, electrical and software systems for the baggage handling system in Terminal 1 / Node 5A at Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS). The new Node 5A system will make travel easier for customers by increasing screened baggage throughput. The new system is expected to process up to 2,000 bags per hour with a four machine matrix and will be an extension of the current Node 5 system. It has been agreed that the value of the order will not be disclosed. The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2009.

“Southwest chose Siemens for this project because we have worked successfully with them in the past,” said Jimmy Dickerson, Director of Airport Security Technology, Southwest Airlines. “They have a proven understanding of airport logistics and can provide technology that will improve our customers’ experience when traveling through Las Vegas.”

The scope of the project includes the design, supply and installation of 11 high speed diverters, belt conveyors, catwalks and other hardware required for a complete operational system. Siemens will also provide 914 m of baggage handling conveyor, which will feed four L3 Explosive Detection Systems (EDS). The new baggage handling system will streamline the process, better enabling Southwest to provide its passengers with safe, fast and friendly service.

Travelers will not be affected by the installation because a majority of the construction will be on the ramp with bags continuing to pass through Node 5 until the new system goes live. Any work taking place on or around the ticket counters will be done in phases or overnight.

The Siemens Industry Sector (Erlangen, Germany) is the worldwide leading supplier of production, transportation, building and lighting technologies. With integrated automation technologies as well as comprehensive industry-specific solutions, Siemens increases the productivity, efficiency and flexibility of its customers in the fields of industry and infrastructure. The Sector consists of six Divisions: Building Technologies, Drive Technologies, Industry Automation, Industry Solutions, Mobility and Osram. With around 222,000 employees worldwide Siemens Industry posted a profit of EUR3.86 billion with revenues totalling EUR38 billion.

The Mobility Division (Erlangen, Germany) is the internationally leading provider of transportation and logistics solutions. With its “Complete mobility” approach, the Division is focused on networking the various modes of transportation in order to ensure the efficient transport of people and goods. “Complete mobility” combines the company’s competence in operations control systems for railways and traffic control systems for roadways together with solutions for airport logistics, postal automation, traction power supplies and rolling stock for mass transit, regional and mainline services, as well as forward-looking service concepts.


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