A recent inspection of Delhi Airport perimeter security by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) has raised concerns to the point that they have refused to take over the system unless it becomes ‘totally flawless’. The system seems to be fraught with technical problems which have caused false alarms and intermittent CCTV capture.
This is not the first inspection that has failed at the airport, in spite of approximately Rs 5 crore being spent on ‘improvements’. The CISF have met with airport officials around 50 times and so far, there are no changes. This final meeting has resulted in the CISF to demand of the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) that either the system be deactivated or a solution finally provided for the perimeter security.
G M Siddeswara, the Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation had informed parliament that the system was flawless, but this is disputed by the CISF.
The CISF referred to a recent airport intrusion where perimeter security was compromised and said, “When that happened on Thursday the CISF personnel saw the intruder but the CCTV didn’t capture any image. And in case of every intrusion, CISF personnel could notice the intruder only after 15 minutes. Now we have asked BCAS to uninstall the system if DIAL cannot address the issues. The system has become a liability. The system is supposed to instantly raise alarm if someone tries to fiddle with the taut wire. Also, the camera should immediately focus on that spot without loss of time. DIAL should ensure that system doesn’t generate any false alarm.”
With current security measures tightening across airport environments all over the world, the matter must be settled with a viable solution for perimeter security implemented. The perimeter fencing is, in many cases, the first barrier to potential intrusion and critical to maintaining a secure facility.
As part of the move to reduce pressure on Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia), Paris based company Aeroports De Paris has arrived in the Philippines to begin the feasibility study for the new terminal at the Clark Aviation Complex. The Department of Transportation has commissioned the study and Communications (DOTC) which also proposes to fund the P7.2 billion project that will provide an annual capacity for 15 million passengers.
P600 million has now been approved by the DOTC to enable Clark International Airport Corp. to purchase equipment ahead of its planned improvements to the airport site later this year. These will include a new Dual Passenger Boarding Bridge to enable Emirates Airlines and Qatar Airways, who have recently begun using the airport, to also deploy their wide-bodied craft.
The 2,367-hectare site at the Aviation Complex is also due to benefit from a 26.75-kilometer fence, a 13.2-km Perimeter Lighting System, and modern Navigational Aids Equipment. A further investment into the Emergency Services at the airport will see the purchase of Major Tender and Rapid Intervention Vehicle Fire Trucks in a move that is expected to raise Clark Aviation’s current International Civil Authority Organisation rating from 9 to the required Category 10.
The Clark International Airport Corp. President and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jose I. Luciano said that the rehabilitation of the existing terminal would be completed this month. Meanwhile, a further feasibility study is planned for the North-South Commuter Railway, with the aim improving accessibility to the airport from Metro Manila. The medium-term plan, according to Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, is to operate both Naia and Clark to serve Luzon.
Virginia-based VIDSys, PSIM providers have announced that they have raised $15.6 in equity financing led by NewSpring Capital, with participation from previous investors, Motorola Solutions, Flybridge Capital, JVax Investment Group and Atlanta Equity.
Although it is unclear exactly how the PSIM providers will do with the new capital, a statement issued by VIDSys said, “VidSys will use these funds to help grow and scale the company on a global basis beyond our existing footprint. … We will also invest in further development of our core software … for our public sector and enterprise clients.”
Other PSIM providers are also doing well globally. ARINC PSIM solution has become available across the world after its respected debut in the US, where they provide more than 50% of North America’s nuclear power plants with system security.
ARINC Advanced Information Management (AIM) also provides command, control and access for secure government facilities, seaports, airports and military installations where real-time situational awareness is essential for personnel, passengers and facility safety and security.
ARINC Inc will attend the Nuclear Information Technology Strategic Leadership workshop in Detroit with its AIM Security Computer & Cyber Security Solutions, it has been announced.
Frank Koren, Business Development Director at ARINC said, “As a leading provider of nuclear security systems mandated by 10CFR 73.55/54, we are highly involved in providing compliant security solutions that ensure the highest levels of safety and security for our customers.”
ARINC AIM cyber security solution is used for security command and control at more than forty nuclear plants across the US and Canada. The CFR compliant software meets the mandatory regulations imposed by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission and addresses the issues associated with IT and cyber security in nuclear-powered utilities.
ARINC, world-leading aviation communications providers also lead the way in the global security market with solutions for highly advanced information management, including ARINC AIM.
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After the devastating events of 9/11, the demand, and subsequent investment in airport perimeter security skyrocketed with an estimated 650 million U.S. dollars spent in that sector between 2001 and 2011.
Although the FAA shelled out $58 million in grants to improve safety, a recent Frost & Sullivan report expects a steep drop in demand for perimeter security in terms of new fencing and security systems in airports, as no new airports are expected to be built in the U.S. in the foreseeable future. Most works in the perimeter security sector will be repairs and refurbishments over the next five years and those will mostly be granted to local firms and suppliers, it is estimated.
“You will see some stagnation and a decline [in the market],” said John Hernandez, Frost & Sullivan senior aviation industry analyst, “It will never go up to the point it went up to after 9/11.” Mr Hernandez added that the security enhancement area of the industry sector, the area that provides security cameras, sensors and monitoring, could, “Look rosier.”