It has been predicted that worldwide growth will be seen over the next five years in the airport information systems market, and this will be driven by an advancement in airport screening.
Research conducted by RnRMarketResearch shows that due to the investments made in the development and deployment of advanced high-tech screening systems, including biometric screening and authentication, the market is set to increase substantially.
Biometric advanced screening offers a cost-efficient, simple-to-introduce solution to greatly improve security, and can increase the efficiency of incident response, while maintaining lower operational costs.
Providers of biometric advanced screening and airport information systems, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC AIM, deliver a holistic approach to airport and facility security.
Last month, the US Senate introduced the Cybersecurity Standards for Aircraft to Improve Resilience Act (Cyber AIR Act). This move requires the FAA to introduce guidelines for the aviation industry in addition to the requirement of airlines to report any and every instance of cyber-attack to the government.
In a technologically-advancing age, cybersecurity in the aviation industry is becoming increasingly necessary, with potentially disastrous consequences on the table for failure to keep information management systems secure. Millions of pieces of mission-critical data, and personal passenger information is exchanged between agencies, government bodies and aviation businesses every day, and access to it is strictly regulated.
Providers of cybersecurity solutions for key infrastructure in airports and secure facilities all over the world deliver a wide range of products and technology to ensure industry standards are met and integration remains fully managed.
Technavio, leading market research reports providers, announced the top five AIS market providers that they expect will lead the way until the end of the decade.
Airport operators are coming under increasing pressure as systems become more advanced, and requirements and expectations rise. The global aviation industry is growing at a rate of more than 5% year-on-year in terms of passenger traffic, and systems integration is critical to ensure smooth and efficient airport operations.
Four of the top five providers are based in Europe, with just one, Rockwell Collins, based outside the EU.
Rockwell Collins, with its acquisition of ARINC three years ago, has gone from strength to strength in this sector of the industry with superior integration processes for airports across the world.
AviNet Airport is just one of its powerful solutions, giving operational agility to the airport environment and leveraging the proven AviNet network for seamless reliability in the messaging environment.
Cybersecurity is a hot, and much debated topic. This is not new news, as the integrity of software solutions, hardware and aircraft communications systems, particularly onboard small, private aircraft has been discussed by operators and hackers alike.
The U.S. and European aviation authorities, although in agreement about the need to improve standards, are experiencing a divided opinion about the methods to employ to combat potential attacks to cybersecurity.
Most of the discord seems to stem from the regulatory standards about the size of aircraft, and the scope of regulations to be applied. The U.S. FAA wants to impose standard for large aircraft, and fear that U.S. companies will find it difficult to sell flight management systems in Europe.
European officials from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) believe that all aircraft, regardless of size or operational scope, should be subject to the same cybersecurity regulations.
The FAA has been tasked with the creation of a panel to discuss and propose new regulatory standards by the middle of next year.
Cybersecurity is increasing in importance since the spate of infiltrations last year of digital aviation systems. Aviation cybersecurity solutions providers maintain that reliable security systems can protect vital infrastructure in addition to the provision of physical security. It seems that both are equally important as potential threats continue to increase around the world.
Mission critical communications in airports is an essential part of operations, securely delivering and receiving aviation messaging such as accident management, personnel communications, ATS and passenger information.
Reliable, on-the-ground messaging within the airport environment, or from business-to-business, can mean the difference between efficient operational productivity, or costly ground delays. Mission critical communications providers around the world rely on messaging networks to deliver these transmissions swiftly and securely, often using Type B protocols.
Miami International Airport has selected Everbridge to provide their system upgrades to assist and improve incident response times and minimise errors within their messaging environment.
A FANS 1/A STC for Bombardier’s Challenger 604 involved a collaboration of Rockwell Collins and Jet Aviation St Louis, combining experience from both companies on the airframe.
The aftermarket FANS 1/A solution package offers CPDLC compliance and ADC-C to reduce the workload for the crew on the flight deck while navigating remote global airspace and vast oceanic expanses.
As we know, CPDLC gives access to equipped aircraft to preferred tracks, further enhancing flight efficiency with the benefit of time and fuel savings. Rockwell Collins’ Pro Line Fusion avionics is a necessary suite for FANS and is already widely used.
Canada-based Latitude Technologies has joined the aircraft messaging sector for next generation solutions with their satellite data unit, DL150, which will support ACARS and CPDLC, and complete their FANS 1/A+ offering.
As the commercial and business aviation industry moves towards a holistic approach to flight communications, and with the CPDLC compliance initiative just around the corner, operators are searching for the most competitive aircraft messaging solutions.
Other providers, such as Rockwell Collins’ ARINC, with their CPDLC and Type B messaging suites, are delivering packages to ensure their customers find the right fit for their business and requirements.
Norwich International Airport pledged to update its security systems after an embarrassing incident this month when their website was hacked ‘within minutes’.
Airport operations director will look into replacing the system to include secure protocols as soon as possible. The hacker, who called himself ‘His Royal Gingerness’, claims he hacked into the site to ‘see if [he] could,’ in an alarming short space of two to three minutes. His Royal Gingerness will not reveal his true identity in case of prosecution, but says that he enjoys trying to find vulnerabilities in modern systems.
Providers of airport security systems software realise that vulnerabilities exist, and encourage airports to ensure robust networks to protect passenger and airline data.
Royal Jordanian Airlines have selected a suite of ARINC GLOBALink services for aircraft communications for its entire fleet this week. GLOBALink, from Rockwell Collins, delivers VHF, HFDL and SATCOM communications to fulfil the requirements of the diverse fleet, which often travels over desert and oceanic routes that need a wider range of global communications solutions.
Royal Jordanian expanded earlier this year, covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa and is the first ME carrier to select Rockwell Collins as its primary provider.
It is with interest that the latest report from TechNavio entitled ‘Global Aerospace Components Aviation Security Market 2015-2019’ has been studies by the industry.
With global threats to the aviation security sector coming thick and fast, and not just focussing on physical security, but cyber security, airports infrastructure and information management, the industry is all too aware that the world is watching.
TechNavio predict that the global aviation security sector will continue to grow at a rate of just over 7% through the years 2014-2019. Increased investment is expected in biometrics technology, screening and the latest radio frequency identification (RFID).