The US Government Accountability Office has issued a report that states airport perimeter security and access control security would ‘benefit from risk assessment and strategy updates’, following a string of complaints from both passengers and airport personnel, which could potentially create ‘dangerous vulnerability’ for the aviation system across the entire country.
The report also states that the TSA is, and should be, responsible for setting minimum standards in place for airports of all sizes. According to the Government Accountability Office, the TSA has failed to update its policies to reflect the current and potential threats to the commercial aviation system.
Airport perimeter security and access breaches appear to be on the increase, which defeats the purpose of extensive analysis when no action is taken to make improvements.
Providers of physical security solutions, including airport perimeter security and access control systems, work with customers to identify and prioritise gaps in security to tailor solutions to facility-specific requirements.
Read the full report from the GAO here.
Following two failed bids going back to February of 2014, Manila’s International Airport Authority has said that the final bid proposal has now been set for the beginning of March.
The CCTV system will be implemented at Ninoy Aquino International Airport and will feature state-of-the-art functionality to replace the current outdated system that has been in situ since the 1990s.
Strict deadlines must be met by potential bidders, and specifications include the facility for facial recognition and heat signature readers. The contract will also include a total of 700 cameras to be located throughout the terminals, parking areas, entry checkpoints and perimeter and ensure total coverage.
Today’s airport environment has vulnerabilities that the latest technologies can overcome. Providers of physical security systems all over the world are recognising the need to secure airports and borders using more than just simple security camera systems.
Across the UAE, airports will be launching biometric screening systems in a project to upgrade the physical security with multimodal measures including eGates.
The project has been prompted, according to ministry officials, by ‘numerous security challenges in the region’ and as Dubai International airport in particular expects more than 80 million passengers during the coming year, the requirements for improved security measures are clear.
In addition to airport security, the plans are expected to include all the country’s borders, with the implementation of fingerprint, eye and facial scanning technology. eGates will strengthen security immediately and help with screening and tracking of passengers leaving and entering the country.
Across the world we see international airports making improvements to physical and biometric security – a result of increased threats from terror organisations all over the globe.
In a project that is to start next year, Bangladesh will be investing $4m to improve security at four airports in a bid to bring a halt to smuggling.
The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) has issued approval for the improvements at Hazrat Shahjahal International and Hazrat Shah Amanat International Airports for the installation of primary and secondary surveillance radar in addition to a state-of-the-art security system at Shahjahal.
The project, named Bangladesh Airports Safety & Security System Improvement, will also see enhanced vehicle parking control systems, pedestrian access control, additional CCTV and baggage X-ray scanners, specifically designed to halt the gold smuggling activities that were reported earlier this year.
During the meeting, the ECNEC stated that to develop the system infrastructure for the airports would cost an additional $5m to the original estimate of $2m.
$4m will be sponsored by Denmark, and it will be left to the Bangladeshi Government to raise the additional required funds.
Physical airport security is growing increasingly necessary at airports across the globe. With the threat of terrorist movements and smuggling, airport security providers are searching the very latest technological advancements to ensure national security in addition to the safety of passengers, aircraft and flight crew.
Last month security concerns were raised after Indira Ghandi International Airport (IGI) received a bomb threat. Not unused to hoax messages, IGI have taken the threat seriously for many reasons, including the fact that this one arrived just three days after threats were made to bomb flights from Mumbai, Ahmedabad and Kochi – all three airports were also put on high alert.
The ensuing review revealed areas of vulnerability at IGI, including parts of security fencing that are completely concealed with overgrown, dense foliage. These areas have already twice experienced security breaches in the past year.
Airport physical security has been stepped up, which involve vehicle checks and monitoring, additional personnel on-site and a review of the overgrown areas located behind airport buildings, including the offices of the Airports Authority of India, the Bureau of the Civil Aviation Authority and New Customs House – all of which could be potentially targeted.
All over the world, airports are realising an increasing need for airport physical security measures to be tightened and more securely monitored. The aviation industry as a whole relies upon physical security to ensure that passengers, aircraft and personnel are kept safe at all times, both on the ground and in the air.
Air Canada, the country’s largest domestic and international airline, has renewed a three-year agreement with Rockwell Collins for the provision of its ARINC Managed Services (AMS) radio support services for ground handling operations.
Through the agreement, 24×7 on-site technical support will be provided for the UHF ground-based communications and radio equipment for the management of the airline’s ground handling operations. Also, repair and response time is expected to be improved for the airline’s depot maintenance facility that provides centralised inventory, parts and spares management.
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Managed Services Managing Director, Mr Kenneth Schreder said, “We’ve been providing Air Canada with fully managed radio services since 2005. The extension of the agreement is a key milestone with our relationship with them and demonstrates our ability to provide comprehensive, cost-effective radio support service for airlines throughout the region.”
Rockwell Collins’ ARINC physical airport security services continue to deliver consistent enhanced security and communications solutions to facilities with seamlessly reliable technology.
“As Canada’s largest domestic and international airline, our ground-to-ground communications are a critical part of ensuring our flights depart on time and safely,” said Derwin Cady, manager of Airport Technology and Product Development for Air Canada. “Air Canada has consolidated our radio support with Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Managed Services, which saves us time and money by having a single, knowledgeable point of contact for all of our maintenance needs.”
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.
As part of the expansion of Inverness Airport, a leading physical airport security company has installed a new access management system to help to streamline the process of managing staff and passengers.
CEM Systems, part of Tyco and ADT Fire & Security has installed their CEM AC2000 AE (Airport Edition) system, being the only access control system designed specifically for airport use.
Inverness boasts the largest airport in the Highlands and Scottish Islands and is a key location, processing more than 610,000 passengers every year.
Physical security systems are critical in airports to maintain safety and security of staff, crew and passengers, while increasing efficiency and productivity throughout the airport. The AC2000AE has a wide range of security features including check-in desk enabling, core access control, air-bridge monitors, passenger reconciliation and vehicle management to name but a few.
Philip Verner, Regional Sales Director for CEM Systems said, “Developed by working in consultation with airports for over 25 years, CEM AC2000 AE is the leading choice for airports around the world.”