Measuring one million square feet, the Phoenix Suns Arena is a professional sports and entertainment venue capable of seating over 18,000 people. It is home to the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, Arizona Rattlers, and hosts hundreds of events every year. In an effort to reduce hands-on searches and provide an extra layer of security at the location, the arena has decided to implement x-ray inspection. The technology will allow staff to screen deliveries as well as personal belongings of those entering the arena.
The arena will install 26 X-ray inspection systems from Smiths Detection. Introducing X-ray screening solutions as part of the organization's security processes enhances the arena’s security protocols and adds a new layer of protection to attendees against potential threats such as weapons and explosives. It also will help intercept other prohibited items, such as alcohol and narcotics, before they enter the arena.
iCMORE, next generation screening software combining automatic weapons detection and deep learning applications will also be utilized to aid security staff in fast and effective screening.
The move follows a 2020 NBA mandate that requires X-ray inspection technology to be implemented for screening belongings entering an arena.