Security Products magazine, the only integrated product magazine reaching the entire security market, announced the winners of its 2010 New Product of the Year Award at the publication’s premiere Virtual Event today.
When entering an airport, travelers can’t help but reflect back on the events of Sept. 11, and how things have changed since then.
In recent years, travelers have gained the ability to check in for their flight online, change their seat and download an electronic boarding pass to a PDA. It’s also possible to check the flight status from a PDA before leaving for the airport. The rapid advancements in technology have enabled passengers to be more efficient and informed. But has airport security changed or evolved?
South Carolina’s Myrtle Beach International Airport serves more than 1.5 million travelers each year to and from one of the most popular golfing destinations in the United States. The airport is host to six major U.S. airlines. To accommodate the growth the area has experienced, the airport replaced its legacy security system, which was no longer servicing its needs, with intelligent field hardware and smart-card readers with bidirectional encryption.
Airport officials reviewed five security management systems in detail prior to making a selection for their new system. Based on scalability, ease of use and operation, along with the lower cost of maintaining the system, they chose AMAG’s Symmetry SMS. Airport officials highlighted how secure the system was from end to end and the enhanced video integration that the new system offered. They replaced their old analog video system with a digital system that is seamlessly integrated. The IP solution is one of the first all-digital security systems in the southeastern United States.
- By Kim Rahfaldt
- Sep 01, 2010
Milestone Systems open platform IP video management software is being used by Fraport AG to improve both security and operational excellence at Varna and Burgas Airports in Bulgaria.
The Transportation Security Administration recently announced the airline industry has met a key requirement of the 9/11 Act by screening 100 percent of air cargo on domestic passenger aircraft.
While airports worldwide struggle to maintain security and regulate access to restricted areas, some facilities have found a solution by implementing the most advanced and accurate identification technology available: biometrics.
- By Consuelo Bangs
- Aug 01, 2010
The Administrator for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) John S. Pistole recently visited Boston Logan International Airport. As Pistole begins his tenure with the agency, he announced his top goals and priorities.
With summer travel season hard upon us, specialists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have helped create two new standards designed to increase safety as we rush from gate to gate in crowded mass transit centers. Their efforts will help to fortify against potential bomb threats in the nation's transportation centers.
Two Belgian airports have recently deployed integrated IP video technology from IndigoVision, as part of infrastructure and new passenger terminal projects.
ADT Security Services recently announced that it has completed work on new digital networks allowing the two major international airports serving the Washington, D.C. area to migrate to the latest generation of video surveillance cameras.
In March, the Transportation Security Administration began deploying 150 backscatter imaging technology units, which were purchased with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, in airports across the country. By the end of the year, TSA plans to deploy about 450 of the imaging technology units.
- By Megan Weadock
- Jun 01, 2010
Avigilon, provider of high definition and megapixel video surveillance systems, announced that one of its customers, Love Field Airport in Dallas, is being showcased today to a delegation of airport executives from Latin America.
Infinova recently announced that Infinova's Ethernet networking video matrix switchers with a Video-over-IP option allows the surveillance system at Kuwait International Airport to meet the demands of three individual security authorities. The system includes a combination of 130 Infinova PTZ dome cameras, mini domes and fixed cameras.
IndigoVision’s IP video technology is at the heart of a fully integrated security solution for the new passenger terminal at Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport.
Infinova recently announced that, as part of a $63.1 million construction project, Uzbekistan’s Navoi Airport is installing Infinova PTZ and day/night high-resolution cameras to watch over one of central Asia’s newest Free Industrial Economic Zones (FIEZ).
In response to the failed Christmas Day bombing by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Transportation Security Administration has mandated enhanced screening measures at airports nationwide for U.S.-bound passengers traveling from or through state sponsors of terrorism and other countries of interest.
- By Sherleen Mahoney
- Apr 01, 2010
Genetec announced recently that the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport has selected and has recently completed installation of Genetec’s Omnicast IP video surveillance as part of a major video system upgrade.
The government security market is a growing multi-billion dollar business. To address a host of new security requirements, the security industry has partnered with the government to develop new security standards and capabilities. New requirements have led to opportunities in the physical access control systems and the identity management markets.
- By Kim Rahfaldt, Adam Shane
- Mar 05, 2010
A new Financial Times/Harris Poll of adults under 65 finds support for increased security measures after the attempted bombing of a plane on Christmas Day. Majorities of those surveyed in the United States (64 percent), Great Britain (62 percent), Italy (58 percent), France (58 percent), and Germany (53 percent) as well as 46 percent of Spaniards and 44 percent of Chinese all agree that body scanners that X-ray the full body should be introduced at airports.
DVTel Inc. recently announced that Mineta San Jose International Airport has upgraded its security system to a DVTel intelligent Security Operations Center (iSOC), a completely IP-based video surveillance solution.
The dramatic increase in airport-security spending over the past decade has maximized traveler safety, but we still have a ways to go. Airports pose unique challenges for surveillance systems, not only due to their sharp focus on passenger safety, but also because they encompass very large spaces. In fact, nine of the top 20 largest facilities on Earth are airports.
- By Dave Tynan
- Mar 03, 2010
Fine Airport Parking in Tulsa, Okla., is much
more than just a parking facility.
- By Courtney Dillon Pedersen
- Mar 03, 2010
The Real ID Act is a federal law passed in 2005 that created new security, authentication and issuance standards for state driver's licenses and ID cards. Once the law is enacted, only cards that meet federal standards can be used for official purposes, as defined by the Department of Homeland Security, including boarding commercial airline flights and entering federal buildings and nuclear power plants.
- By Megan Weadock
- Mar 02, 2010
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced recently that it is expanding the random use of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) technology at airports nationwide as an additional layer of security.
Lincoln Park Airport is a 200 acre privately-owned public use airport located two miles north of Lincoln Park, N.J. With updated homeland security guidelines, the airport recently received state funding to obtain new security cameras.
Although passenger security is most often in the national spotlight, cargo security is just as important. That's why TSA mandated that 50 percent of all cargo carried aboard narrow-bodied passenger aircraft had to be screened for explosives by February 2009.
- By Megan Weadock
- Feb 03, 2010
Talk within the ranks of the security industry often focuses on air cargo security in regard to ground handling and transportation. There's good reason for concern, according to a report issued by the Office of the Inspector General within the Department of Homeland Security.
- By Ralph C. Jensen
- Feb 02, 2010
Remember 2005, when you could still board a plane with shampoo in your bag, toothpaste in your purse, a can of soda in your hand? Do those fluid memories hurt right down to your denture cream?
Vicon Industries Inc., a designer and producer of integrated IP video surveillance and access control systems, and SimplexGrinnell, a provider of fire and life-safety systems, have recently completed installation of an integrated video security system at Fairbanks International Airport in Alaska.
The Transportation Security Administration is still without a leader now that White House nominee Erroll Southers has withdrawn from consideration.
Pelco management recently announced that Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia -- Ethiopian Airport Enterprise (EAE) -- has chosen Pelco Inc. by Schneider Electric as the provider for its digital video recording.
A regional Midwest airport needed a way to automate gate security and deliver wireless video surveillance traffic from remote locations back to its monitoring stations. It had an inefficient and outdated system to protect the gates that consisted of access points that would require hands-on updates at each location every time there were personnel changes.
- By Paul Gassett
- Jan 11, 2010
Nearly half of American leisure travelers feel that airport passenger screening techniques are inadequate. In the national State of the American Traveler survey conducted this week by Destination Analysts, 47 percent of American leisure travelers reported they either "Agreed" or "Strongly agreed" that airport screening techniques were not sufficient. Only one-in-five travelers believe that passenger screening is adequate.
Several recent airport incidents have shown that technology alone will not provide proper security. One must consider personnel and security procedures as well.
Installing a deeply integrated security solution will provide the best security protection for airports of all sizes. The key to success lies in working with a manufacturer that partners with the security consultant, integrator and airport security manager to meet current and future requirements.
- By Kim Rahfaldt
- Jan 01, 2010
The Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the airport oversight and operations department for the City of Los Angeles, has awarded Unisys a security systems consultant contract to design and manage implementation of an integrated security environment for the organization’s three airports.
Smiths Detection recently announced Seattle-based Jetsream Freight Forwarding Inc. has purchased a HI-SCAN 100100T-2is X-ray system to meet Transportation Security Administration (TSA) air cargo screening mandates.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano recently announced the release of application guidance for the Transit Security Grant Program (TSGP) totaling an estimated $253 million -- funds for state, local and territorial governments and private sector entities to strengthen the nation’s transportation infrastructure and protect the traveling public from acts of terrorism and other major disasters.
Gemalto recently announced that it has surpassed 25 million smart card-based identity credentials shipped to the U.S. federal government.
The airline industry now has another well documented use for RFID -- baggage tracking.