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Control provider nabs US airline security deal

United States air carrier Southwest Airlines has awarded Siemens a major contract for the turnkey integration of the mechanical, electrical and software systems for the baggage handling system in one of its Las Vegas McCarran International Airport (LAS) baggage handling systems, according to a report.

The new Siemens Node 5A system is expected to process a maximum 2,000 bags per hour using a four-machine matrix, and will be an extension of the current Node 5 system already installed, said an airline news website, Peanuts! Online.

The value of the deal will not be disclosed, according to the report, however 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. They have a proven understanding of airport logistics and can provide technology that will improve our customers’ experience when traveling through Las Vegas,” Southwest Airlines director of airport security technology, Jimmy Dickerson, told Peanuts! Online.

The project includes the design, supply and installation of 11 high-speed diverters, belt conveyors, catwalks and other hardware required, including 914 metres of baggage handling conveyor, which will feed four L3 Explosive Detection Systems (EDS), said the report.

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