• DHS issues new tranche of baggage x-ray research contracts

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded four research and development (R&D) contracts to improve threat detection in x-ray baggage screening. “We are addressing current, ongoing, and upcoming capability gaps with a three-pronged

  • Rohde & Schwarz body scanner gains US certification

    The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has certified the QPS200 body scanner from Rohde & Schwarz. Advanced Imaging Technology (AIT) certification paves the way for QPS200 units to be deployed at US airport checkpoints. Already certified by the European Civil Aviation Conference

  • Dubai turns security into a fishy business

    Dubai International Airport is to deploy an unusual security process from late 2018: tunnels with aquarium-style walls containing virtual fish and facial biometric cameras. The walls of the tunnels can be changed to show other themed scenes or advertisements. 3D face-scanning kiosks will be set up

  • DEB-RA evaluation ends in Italy

    The Italian subsidiary of Rheinmetall Defence reports installation of its DEB-RA runway hazard monitoring and protection system at a military facility. Rheinmetall Italia delivered DEB-RA to Pratica di Mare, the largest air base in Italy, in February. A performance assessment programme –

  • Brussels outsources security services

    Following a competitive European tender, G4S and ICTS will provide security services at Brussels Airport for three years, starting in February 2018. G4S will be responsible for the security screening of passengers, staff, and baggage at the Belgian airport, while ICTS will take care of access

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  • US explores catalytic potential of biometrics

    Federal agencies and aviation partners are pushing the adoption of biometrics at airports, for faster passenger processing and more accurate data collection. Ramon Lopez reports
  • Storage eases CCTV data headaches

    Modern video surveillance systems generate huge amounts of information as they incorporate advanced capabilities such as facial recognition, so it is imperative that airport authorities understand the importance of data storage. Barry Cross, Ben Vogel and Ramon Lopez report
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  • Sensors track satisfaction with toilet facilities

    Airports in the United States are collecting data on the cleanliness of their lavatories, amid broader efforts to ensure the best possible passenger experience, staff allocation, and customer service. For example, on 16 November the Houston Airport System (HAS) began implementing measures to
  • Raytheon shows common weather platform

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    The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is upgrading the systems used to collect and display weather information at its facilities nationwide, having awarded Raytheon and Harris contracts in 2015 to develop new processing and service delivery systems worth up to USD300 million. The agency is
  • Miyazaki PBB project nears completion

    Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Transportation Equipment Engineering & Service Co Ltd (MHI-TES) has almost completed a project to install five passenger boarding bridges at Miyazaki Airport in Japan. Installation work began in September, and all five PBBs will be in place by December 2017 to

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