• Canine CCSF scheme certifies first company

    Following registration and the subsequent certification with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Cargo Screening K9 Alliance has become the first company to include a canine team in the Certified Cargo Screening Facility- Canine (CCSF-K9) programme. CCSF-K9 fulfils a requirement in

  • TSA is on the right track but must do better on cargo security, says GAO

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) has assessed progress made by the Transportation Security Administarion (TSA) in assessing and mitigating air cargo security risks. GAO investigators found that TSA inspectors consistently followed procedures, and airlines were in full compliance with

  • Melbourne tests Smiths equipment

    Checkpoint computed tomography (CT) scanning equipment and automated lane technology from Smiths Detection is being trialled in Australia, starting with Melbourne Airport. Solutions being supplied for the trial are the HI-SCAN 6040 CTiX cabin baggage screening system (which meets the ECAC EDSCB C3

  • Welsh researchers shine a light on concealed items

    Cardiff Airport in the UK is hosting trials of a new terahertz-based passenger scanner on 4–7 December 2018. The purpose of the trial is for industry, the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the Civil Aviation Authority, and other UK government bodies (including Border

  • Interview: Irra Ariella Khi, CEO, VChain

    UK-based software company VChain has developed a blockchain-powered system for passenger identity verification. Its Identity Management Platform functions as a high-fidelity passenger record tool for airlines and airports, according to chief executive officer (CEO) Irra Ariella Khi. “If you

  • Sensors trigger real-time bio-attack alerts

    Air Techniques International (ATI) is offering US airport authorities sensors to detect spores, bacteria, viruses, and toxins such as anthrax. Discussions are under way, although no contracts had been confirmed at the time of writing. ATI has already supplied sensors for the Pentagon, the Statue of

  • US urges adoption of global PNR standard in 2019

    A senior US counter-terrorism official has called for Passenger Name Record (PNR) systems to be standardised on a global basis by the end of 2019. Nathan Sales, ambassador-at-large in the US Department of State, wants the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) to amend Annex 9 and/or

  • GASeP timelines should be reviewed, suggests senior ICAO official

    The Middle East regional director of ICAO has called for a new approach to rolling out the 2017 ICAO Global Aviation Security Plan (GASeP), as member states struggle to meet the initial 2020 deadline for security improvements. “The timelines are very short for some countries, given …

  • QinetiQ prepares for Asian SPO-NX trial

    The QinetiQ SPO-NX passive millimetre-wave standoff scanner will be trialled at an undisclosed airport in Asia for a week in December 2018. This is a rare airport test of the system, which has been trialled more extensively in a mass transit environment at multiple locations in the United States.

  • Smiths offers CORSYS for cargo and checkpoint security

    Smiths Detection is in discussions with potential airport users of its CORSYS enterprise-level security command centre, with an emphasis on checkpoint and air cargo security. A team at Smiths worked with Hitachi and Microsoft to develop CORSYS, and customers were consulted in the initial scoping

  • Walkthrough terahertz solution could ease landside security headaches, says Chinese developer

    Beijing-based NUCTECH has launched a scanner with the potential to protect landside infrastructure, without the need to install static checkpoints that could restrict passenger flow. The TH1800 terahertz imaging system can scan passengers for concealed weapons and explosives at a minimum range of 3

  • ICAO AVSEC hears calls for single security regulator

    Delegates at a technology and innovation session during the ICAO AVSEC conference in Montreal on 27 November heard calls for the establishment of a single regulatory body for global security standards and rules, as opposed to individual national regulators. Daniel Goh, assistant president of

  • South Korea orders Gunnebo gates

    Gunnebo has won an order from Korea Airport Corporation for biometric pre-security access gates. A total of 14 automated gates will be installed at Seoul Gimpo and Jeju international airports. Gunnebo will work with local systems integrator BZ System. Positioned before the security screening area,

  • Kromek announces another CZT integration contract

    UK-based Kromek has been awarded another contract from an unnamed original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of airport x-ray baggage screening systems. The five-year deal is worth at least USD7.8 million, Kromek announced on 19 November. The OEM is an existing customer of Kromek, which in 2017

  • Ben Gurion to adopt iLane.Evo

    Smiths Detection is supplying 32 of its advanced modular iLane.Evo checkpoint lanes to enhance security at two Israeli airports: national gateway Ben Gurion and Ramon International, which is due to open in 2019. Delivery and installation work will begin in May 2019. The value of the contract from

  • Israel launches new aviation cyber initiative

    An industry consortium has joined forces with the Israeli government in a broad effort to offer cyber security solutions for the global commercial aviation industry. Yigal Unna, director general of the Israel National Cyber Directorate, announced the initiative on 14 November in Tel Aviv, during

  • Watrix AI raises funds to apply gait biometrics

    Chinese start-up Watrix AI has raised CNY100 million (USD14 million) to accelerate the application of gait recognition technology. Financing was led by Shenzhen Hang Bong Investment and Development Co Ltd and Hua He Capital. Huang Yongzhen, founder and CEO of Watrix AI, said that the funds will be

  • VChain wins inaugural IATA Innovation Award

    Software developer VChain Tech, creator of a blockchain-based identity management platform, has won the first Global Airport and Passenger Symposium (GAPS) Innovation Award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA). The company, which works alongside IATA in the OneID programme, fended

  • Europe trials biometric border control with lie-detection function

    An European Union (EU)-funded project is developing a way to speed up traffic at external border crossings and ramp up security by using an automated portable border control system with lie-detecting avatars. The EUR4.5 million (USD5.1 million) iBorderCtrl project began tests in November for

  • Finns fret over suspected Russian GPS jamming

    Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö on 12 November called for further clarification on suspected interference with civil aviation GPS signals by Russia during the recent NATO ‘Trident Juncture’ 2018 exercises, which were primarily held in Norway but covering airspace in Finland

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