Maximizing Your Airport Security Investment

Maximizing Your Airport Security Investment

Maximizing Your Airport Security Investment

Here at Security Today, we are pleased to announce this guest blog post by Vice President, Product Management and Industry Relations for Tyco Integrated Security, Jay Hauhn.

Come explore with Jay as he explains some highly-effective airport security solutions that won't break an airport's budget!

While U.S. airport security has significantly increased over the past decade, the challenging economy is forcing airports to evaluate new ways of maximizing security investments to improve operations with minimal cost. From Exit Lane Breach Control Containment Systems to perimeter protection and Physical Security Information Management (PSIM), there are a number of solutions available to help airports optimize their facility security.

In the wake of federal sequestration budget cuts, TSA expects airports to upgrade security technologies at their own expense, including exit lane security checkpoints. While exit lanes are not typically located near security checkpoints, they require just as much careful monitoring. Historically, TSA guards monitored these sensitive gateways, but budget constraints have forced TSA to start cutting these types of jobs and seek other means of security. An Exit Lane Breach Control Containment System is one such alternative that airports are increasingly implementing to adapt to the change. With this solution, airport officials can set up motion detection and surveillance cameras around exit doors. In the event that a passenger tries to exit through one of these restricted areas, an alarm will sound with a warning light and security message.

Perimeter protection is another security optimization option for airports to consider. With this solution, airports can adapt technologies such as video surveillance and video analytics to monitor a certain area, regardless of the size. As part of this solution, airports can also leverage fiber optics, buried cable systems and radar protection to setup different zones for monitoring. This is important because it allows officials to set up a zone that monitors the entire landscape around the perimeter such as a fence or wall at one time. This is also a cost-effective option as it minimizes the need to have guards walking around the facility. If an intruder enters one of the designated zones, the system notifies employees with an alarm to check in on that area.

Finally, PSIM technology offers an additional layer of security. With PSIM, airports can monitor terminals, check baggage areas, watch parking lots and survey other public and private areas in real time from one centralized location. PSIM provides a complete view of everything going on within the airport and enables security departments to share information directly with IT departments as well as with TSA officials in real time across multiple locations.

Overall, there are a number of security options for airport facilities to consider when coping with budget constraints. By evaluating the specific needs of a facility, decision makers can implement low-cost solutions to optimize their overall security system, ultimately improving safety and business operations across the facility.

So, readers, what do you think?

Which of the three options presented here is your favorite airport security solution and why?

Which of the three would you like to see used in the airports that you frequent most?

What questions can Jay answer for you regarding airport security with budget constraints?

A Little More About the Author

Jay is responsible for product technology and innovation along with industry and government relations at Tyco Integrated Security. He leads product and service solution development and engineering as well as development and implementation of product strategy. Jay is also responsible for interaction with industry associations, regulatory agencies and local, state and federal governments. Jay is the current chairman of the Security Industry Association and sits on the boards of directors of the Central Station Alarm Association and the Security Industry Alarm Coalition. He is immediate past chairman of the Electronic Security Associations government relations committee.

As a thirty-five year veteran in the security industry, Jay is the recipient of numerous industry awards to include the Security Industry Association’s “Statesman Award” in 2009 and SIAC’s William Mooney award in 2011. Jay’s many contributions to the industry were recognized in April of 2011 when he was inducted into the Security Industry Hall of Fame. Jay was also recognized as one of the “Security Industry’s Most Influential People” in 2012 and named one of the forty “Most influential People in Security & Fire” by IFSEC (International Fire and Security Exhibition and Conference) in 2013.

Posted by Jay Hauhn on Sep 03, 2013

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