This years’ Passenger Terminal Expo, held in Cologne, Germany, promises to showcase automated border control solutions to further enhance aviation security, yet continue to streamline the passenger experience.
Secunet and Veridos, German security providers, will be in Hall 10 with their EasyPASS solution.
The benefits of automated border control are far-reaching, with advantages to be realised on both ‘sides’ of the gate. Installing an automated system, border officials and agencies are able to focus their efforts on those passengers that require additional security checks, while airports enjoy an expedited passenger processing system to increase efficiency throughout the terminal environment.
The experience is also enhanced for passengers, who can pass through the check-in and security process far more quickly, reducing queueing time and creating a more flexible environment for travellers.
Other providers of automated border control solutions, such as Rockwell Collins’ e-borders, continue to use the latest technological advancements to enhance flexibility while maintaining a higher level of security for airports all over the world.
The UK Prime Minister, Mr David Cameron has announced that the UK aviation security budget will be doubled to £18 million, in a bid to combat the threats to the country, and following the devastating attacks in Paris that have rendered France in a state of emergency.
Mr Cameron also claimed that seven terrorist plots in the UK had been headed off during this year, one of which was in the last month.
He also added that government funding plans include the recruitment of 1900 additional officers for the intelligence agencies GCHQ, MI5 and MI6.
The news is welcomed as a general feeling of concern spreads through the UK and other European countries. Mr Cameron will be in meetings with heads of state from around the world in the coming weeks and months to discuss the possibility of attacks on Daesh, the Islamic group that claims it was behind the recent attacks.
The Aviation Security Symposium and Awards (AVSEC) opening convocation in Dubai began with a warning from Emirates CEO, Sir Tim Clark, that both airlines and security professionals must keep pace by working together in the face of ever-increasing and sophisticated threats to global aviation.
Sir Clark said that ‘If the threats have changed, then so must the management of these threats,’ speaking of the 9/11 terror attacks and the issue of reliance of metal and x-ray detectors to screen passengers and cargo, making the assumption that security ‘has been enforced.’
While technological solutions are improving across the world, particularly in the area of biometrics screening, Clark also stressed that training and education of both professionals and the public about security threats is key to maintaining safety.
An upgrade of western US’s airports and ports is to be deployed as part of the TSA’s mission to reinforce the security of national transport systems.
In a contract worth up to $450 million across western, eastern and Central America, the TSA mean to strengthen security under the Transportation Security Equipment Deployment Services (TEDS) project.
Lockheed Martin have received a contract for the western US and will install security technology equipment in several areas, covering airports, ports, cargo facilities and terminals.
All across the globe, borders are being strengthened and facility security providers are becoming ever-busier, as governments and agencies strive to install the latest that the security technology sector has to offer.
In a bid to speed up and tighten passenger processing, as many airports around the world are, Barcelona El Prat Airport have implemented the latest technology with biometric passport control that includes fingerprint and facial recognition features.
Biometric and automated border control systems function with the use of ePassports and e-ID cards and are designed to increase passenger processing time while strengthening security and integrate with other airport systems. Many such improvements in Europe are co-financed by the European Commission as part of a ‘Smart Borders Programme’.
Barcelona’ El Prat airport will now join many other Spanish airports, including Palma de Mallorca, Malaga and Alicante with the implementation of their new system.
The Philippines plan to streamline the passenger processing system for their Mactan Cebu International Airport by implementing a range of Rockwell Collins’ ARINC airport solutions.
Among the upgrades will be the installation of ARINC VeriPax on the Gunnebo Security Group automated gates in a collaboration between the two companies. This will enhance security with an automatic validation of passenger flight details at check-in.
The airport already uses ARINC vMUSE common-use technology and self-service check-in kiosks.
The sixth hearing of the Senate committee this year focused upon the U.S’s borders security technology, perimeters and infrastructure this week.
Chaired by Mr Ron Johnson, testimony was given on the current state of borders security as the committee look forward to the next steps to be taken to increase effectiveness.
Representatives from Homeland Security and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agencies gave testimony at the hearing where it was noted the ‘DHS could do a better job of collecting data’.
Information was also shared and discussed regarding perimeter fencing of airport environments, and the use of improved technology to increase situational awareness, an area that many committee members feel is seriously lacking.
Physical security measures in airports are the ‘front line.’ These would include perimeter fencing and security surveillance equipment. Other measures that focus upon enhanced technology with biometric solutions are becoming increasingly popular around the world, particularly as passenger demand increases for greater control of their travel arrangements with self-service systems.