Future of Airport Security
As we all know, terrorist attacks are really active NOT ONLY nowadays, NOT ONLY by ISIS, but everywhere. How can we make sure that other airports will be safer after the 22 March 2016 Brussels Airport bombing? Remember the famous proverb: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” which in simple terms means “Prevention is better than cure”.
That will probably be the answer for this fear left by the militant group. Let’s be more cautious of our surroundings and improve our security. In this article, let’s us share an update about the “Future of Airport Security”
Imagine you could enter an airport, toss your bag on a conveyor belt, breeze through security and board a plane without ever dealing with another human or handling any documents. This could all be accomplished with new face and iris scanners that can quickly identify a person — even a fidgety one — and automatically approve his or her progression through the normally onerous process of getting on an airplane. Versions of this tech have already been deployed at London’s Gatwick and elsewhere, in part thanks to companies such as AOptix.
Behavioral Analytics is a MUST
Essentially, this is a software that continuously scans surveillance video feeds for suspicious behavior, as opposed to relying on human eyes alone.
Face Recognition System
These systems allow video surveillance to match faces to a database of previously identified individuals. Researchers and analysts debate whether the technology of facial scanning works the way we want it to, but there’s no question that the concept is part of the discussion when it comes to the future of airport security.
What if security teams could point a handheld analyzer at a suspect and see instantly whether they were carrying explosives or other illicit materials? That’s what companies such as Rigaku are working on: a point-and-shoot scanner that can see through containers and tell investigators if there’s something dangerous inside.
Video Synopsis Tools
Another way to penetrate airport security is to monitor its routines and look for soft spots. That means multiple visits to surveil the systems in place. A hub’s security forces can identify suspicious repeat visitors, but it’s a time-intensive process to scan hours and hours of video footage to do so.
One solution to that time factor is new software that can compress a lot of footage into a kind of visual synopsis. By showing numerous individuals from different timeframes in one image, investigators can then select the items — keyed to time signatures — that they want to see in the clips that contain them. One company working on this technology is BriefCam. Recently, investigators used the company’s software to search footage from the Boston Marathon bombings. See a demo of the app at work, click here.
Rapid Data Transfer and Alerts
Another way of leveraging airport cameras is to empower them to see better and then share faster. Avigilon, one maker of such a system, is working with Dallas Love Field to implement this idea.
Another company working on linking security responders in real time is Vidsys, which links together an airport’s systems such as video, access control, and fire alarms so that teams can quickly identify, verify and disseminate critical information to personnel on the ground.
Finally, there’s the further flung future. While all of the above examples are either in use or have progressed to an advanced stage of research and prototype, the future of airport security is also about What If.
Along those lines, says Mike Vidikan, imagined unmanned airport security systems like robots that roam terminals equipped with sensors to sniff out the chemicals of threats and contraband. Either than him, there’ll be several ideas that will sure come up in no time to improve the “Future of Airport Security”. We are all hoping for safety.