Airport Security


To Scan or Not to Scan?

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.

Dallas Love Field Airport Showcases Security Operations To Latin American Delegation

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.

Kuwait International Airport Uses Infinova Technology For Surveillance System

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.

New Terminal At Shanghai Airport To Use IndigoVision IP Video System

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.

Uzbekistan Airport Implements Infinova Surveillance System

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).

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Laying Down the Law

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.

Sea-Tac Airport Selects Genetec’s Omnicast For Major System Upgrade

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.

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Spending the Government's Money

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.



Poll: Most Adults In U.S., Europe, China Say Full Body Scanners Should Be Introduced In Airports

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.

San Jose Airport Revamps Security With DVTel IP Video Solution

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.

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High Expectations

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.

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Fine-tuning Security

Fine Airport Parking in Tulsa, Okla., is much more than just a parking facility.

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Time to Get Real

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.

TSA Expands Use Of Explosives Trace Detection Technology At Airports Nationwide

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.

New Jersey Airport Upgrades Security With IP Cameras

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.

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Under Wraps

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.

Securing Air Cargo

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.

With Fine-Tuned MRI Technology, Researchers Hoping To Put 3-1-1 To Rest

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?

Alaska Airport Deploys Integrated Video Security System

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.

Candidate For TSA Top Job Withdraws From Consideration

The Transportation Security Administration is still without a leader now that White House nominee Erroll Southers has withdrawn from consideration.

Ethiopian Airport Deploys Pelco Endura System

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.

On the Wings of Wireless

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.

Poll: Travelers Seven Times More Likely To Prefer Full Body Scanning Instead Of Patdowns At Security Checkpoints

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.

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Security Tip of the Month: Technology is Only One Part of the Security Equation

Several recent airport incidents have shown that technology alone will not provide proper security. One must consider personnel and security procedures as well.

In it Together

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.

Unisys To Design, Manage Integrated Security System For Los Angeles World Airports

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 Helps Freight Shipper Meet TSA Mandate

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.

DHS Announces Guidance For More Than $250 Million Of Transit Security Grants

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 Surpasses 25 Million Smart Card Shipments To U.S. Federal Government

Gemalto recently announced that it has surpassed 25 million smart card-based identity credentials shipped to the U.S. federal government.

Tests Show RFID Accuracy Rate Of 99.9 Percent In Baggage Tracking

The airline industry now has another well documented use for RFID -- baggage tracking.

Unisys: Biometrics Set To Boom In 2010

Looking ahead to 2010, Unisys predicts that government and commercial organizations will take a more proactive approach to security, implementing new measures to verify identity and protect confidential information. Financial institutions and defense agencies will lead the charge, with ports and other organizations quickly following.

Los Angeles World Airports Receives $150 Million Federal Commitment For Construction of Baggage Security Project

An agreement was announced recently between Los Angeles World Airports and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security which secured $150 million in federal funds for a key security project at Los Angeles International Airport.

TSA Approves Millimeter Wave Checkpoint Screening System From L-3

L-3 Security & Detection Systems announced recently that the Transportation Security Administration has approved the ProVision active millimeter wave advanced imaging technology system for use in aviation checkpoints.

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NIST Test Proves 'The Eyes Have It' For ID Verification

A new report by computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology demonstrates that iris recognition algorithms can maintain their accuracy and interoperability with compact images, affirming their potential for large-scale identity management applications.

Survey: 75 Percent Of Homeland Security Professionals Expect 9/11-Type Of Attack In Next Five Years

While a majority (57 percent) of Homeland Security professionals say America is safer now than it was before the September 11 attacks, 75 percent believe the country will experience a similar terrorist attack in the next five years -- and Americans aren’t prepared, according to a recent survey commissioned by the National Homeland Defense Foundation and Colorado Technical University.

Australian Customs Service Selects Network Video Solution From March Networks, Sun Microsystems

March Networks, a provider of intelligent IP video and business analysis applications, announced recently that the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service has selected the Company's VideoSphere solution to enhance its security operations in multiple airports across the country.

TSA Names Federal Security Director At JFK Airport

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has named Michael A. Scott as federal security director (FSD) for New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK).

Denver International Airport Selects Genetec IP Video Surveillance Solution

Genetec announced recently that Denver International Airport in Colorado has selected Omnicast, Genetec’s IP video surveillance solution, to secure their 53 square-mile facility. Ranked the 10th busiest airport in the world in 2008 for passenger traffic by Airport Council International, DIA officials were looking to upgrade an outdated analog system to a newer and more advanced network-based solution that they could evolve as newer technology emerged.

Who Are You?

Airports exhibit one of the most complicated scenarios to administer restricted-area access control, identity verification and issuance of an access credential. Various airline employees, vendors, third-party contractors and tenants need to be authenticated at all times, and their physical access rights must be controlled and managed dynamically based upon their role and policies affecting their access.

A Bright Future

Today's airports are as critical to homeland security as they were in the months following Sept. 11, 2001. Airport security officials have implemented new protocols and installed sophisticated scanning technology, while travelers have grown accustomed to more stringent security procedures— from removing shoes to the ubiquitous baggies of approved liquids.

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