Since 9/11, the global airport market faces intense scrutiny, with terrorist threats targeting both aircraft and airports. Figures released in 2011 by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) showed there had been over 25,000 breaches of security since 2001.Moreover, the continuously growing sophistication of threats is forcing airports to become highly vigilant, dictating the need for smarter security solutions. These factors are driving investments to the tune of hundreds of million dollars in explosives detection systems, passenger screening technologies, and air cargo security for airports across the United States. In fact according to Global Industry Analysts, Inc., the worldwide airport security equipment market is expected to reach USD 288.7 billion by 2015.
However, these investments are largely skewed towards internal screening measures, while the actual physical security of the airport has been relegated to the back seat. Today's antiquated airport security is still stuck in the past, combating the terrorism of the 1960s and 1970s, and are in many ways ineffective against the more sophisticated threats of today. In addition, huge and complex networks of disparate technologies dotting the airport landscape present the challenge of interoperability of these legacy systems. In many cases, these systems were supplied by different vendors and function in silos, thereby creating a fragmented security system, leading to slow decision making and inefficiencies – both of which can have serious consequences with millions of lives at stake. Hence, the key question now is —how can airports safeguard the actual physical airport infrastructure?
What airports need is an integrated airport infrastructure. By integrating these separate security systems under a single console, airport authorities can realize significant advantages of a considerably more powerful security solution at far lower costs.
At the core of this
is a cohesive and unified control center that seamlessly assimilates information from multiple systems to provide a single point of view of all operations. With an integrated control center solution, airport authorities benefit from situational awareness and can quickly assess and proactively respond to an intrusion before it escalates to a serious security incident. A truly integrated airport security system typically encompasses three main elements – Monitoring, Tracking & Detection and
Mobility solutions. These aspects are linked together by the fourth element — a Command and Control Center to mitigate risk across the airport environment by providing actionable intelligence and enabling speedy security incident resolution.
Today, airports all over the world are faced with fast changing requirements and regulations, coupled with increasing threats to passengers and property. An integrated airport infrastructure can provide real-time information to identify and solve problems quickly. IP based integrated and networked platforms help airports reduce overall IT requirements and the need for training. It also empowers authorities with a single control console that allows them to perform their tasks far efficiently and thus foresee and protect their facilities from potential threats.