Case study

Bristol Airport

Installation of Standard 3 Compliant System


Implementation of ECAC Standard 3

In line with heightened baggage inspection requirements, U.K. and E.U. airports need to meet the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 requirements by 2018 (U.K.) and 2022 (rest of E.U.) The airport also required a system capable of maintaining current volumes while accommodating for future growth projections.


passengers during 2017


Key requirements

  • Six HBS lines
  • Six Standard 3 compliant CAT type detectors
  • Over 400 meters of belt conveyor
  • Seven Vertical Sorting Units (VSU)
  • Sym3 baggage tracking software
  • Airflow baggage management/sortation software
  • Four make-up carousels

Sym3 key features:

  • 3D real-time monitoring and tracking
  • Ability to integrate with third-party software, including computerised maintenance management systems (CMMS)
  • CCTV integration
  • Live data accessible on any device via the web interface
  • Highlights bags from specific threat flights and passengers


Providing higher redundancy and sortation

Baggage redirecting, redundancy and sortation flexibility greatly increased. The four standard baggage BHS lines and CAT type detectors not only provide a standard size baggage throughput of 4,000 bags per hour, it also ensures the airport is Standard 3 compliant. Sym3 and Airflow software provides real-time baggage tracking, highlights open check-in desks and control sortation, ensuring complete visibility and flexibility.


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