• Heathrow trials digital ID with a difference

    An ongoing trial at Heathrow Airport is highlighting the benefits that digital identity can bring to passenger convenience and airport operational efficiency, according to London-based technology developer YOTI. The trial creates a digital identity before travelling. “We’ve proven that

  • PNR cost and technical issues linger for airlines

    Key Points As national implementation of the EU PNR directive crawls to a conclusion, other technical challenges and cost implications are coming into focus for stakeholders However, airports eye benefits from access to certain categories of PNR data, such as passenger status or nationality A

  • Milan operator picks HI-SCAN 10080 XCT

    Smiths Detection is to upgrade hold baggage screening systems at Malpensa and Linate airports in Milan, under a framework contract from operator SEA. The value of the deal was undisclosed. Between 13 and 20 HI-SCAN 10080 XCT scanners will allow both airports to meet ECAC Standard 3 requirements,

  • SureScan applies the power of three

    US-based SureScan Corporation has reported recent sales of its x1000 hold baggage screening (HBS) system to airports in Scotland and Norway. According to company president John Percival, other airports are acquiring the system, although their identities cannot be revealed yet. The scanner uses

  • Wi-Fi interception has its uses for aviation security

    CSM Global is conducting a European marketing effort for Wi-Fi interception technology that can be deployed at airports. The SpearNet security solution from Cyprus-based WiSpear is used in conjunction with surveillance cameras, said CSM Global CEO Nathalie d’Orlèans. SpearNet first

  • IndigoVision Control Center includes facial recognition

    IndigoVision has formed a strategic partnership to integrate Better Tomorrow facial recognition technology from Israel-based AnyVision into its Control Center security management solution. AnyVision data records will be sent to the Control Center to enable fast and accurate identification of

  • UAV detection interest stays high post Gatwick incident

    Robin Radar reports increased interest from airports in its technology to detect unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), following the high-profile disruption at Gatwick Airport in December 2018. Around 80% of enquiries are being made by airports, said Robin Radar international sales manager Bill Haraka.

  • Auburn to sniff out canine explosives detection improvements

    Auburn University in Alabama has received funding totalling about USD560,000 from the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), for two research and development (R&D) projects on using dogs for explosives detection. Announcing the funding, Don Roberts,

  • TSA improves in covert tests but there is room for improvement, says GAO

    The US Government Accountability Office (GAO) on 4 April released the findings of its review into covert testing of screening operations at US airports. As part of its internal security assessments, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) regularly tries to slip weapons and simulated

  • Europe continues on the road to Standard 3

    European airport operators are still issuing tenders as the clock ticks down towards ECAC Standard 3 compliance Airports in mainland Europe and Ireland are racing against time to upgrade their inline hold baggage screening (HBS) systems to ECAC Standard 3 by September 2020, although some will

  • Eye on Air awaits certification after shoe scanner trial

    Netherlands-based Eye on Air expects a market launch of its explosives detection shoe scanner in the next six months, Jane’s learned during the 2019 Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) in London on 26–28 March. The Air Brush ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) system has already undergone a

  • Spanish developer improves biometric data encryption

    Informática El Corte Inglés is looking at airport applications for a solution that meets all criteria demanded by EU authorities for the encryption of biometric data. Engineering and analytics consultant Rafael Álvarez argued that some providers of self-service technology for

  • Trials typify Indian trend for biometric processing

    Major privately run airports in India, including Bangalore, Hyderabad, and Mumbai, are set to launch facial recognition trials for faster passenger processing by the end of 2019. Initial trials are under way on airport personnel and aircrew. Supporters of the technology say it will reduce major

  • Norway considers autonomous methods for perimeter monitoring

    Avinor is aiming to evaluate the potential of autonomous technology, such as machine-vision tools or unmanned aerial vehicles, to enhance perimeter security at its airports. The operator of 44 Norwegian airports is hosting an information meeting on 12 April for potential technology suppliers.

  • Smiths Detection to supply Chubu Centrair

    Central Japan International Airport Co. Ltd has selected Smiths Detection to provide x-ray inspection equipment and smart checkpoint lanes for Chubu Centrair International Airport. The deployment includes a series of automated lanes, x-ray scanners, and computed tomography (CT) scanners for

  • Thales explores possibilities with Micro-X

    Thales Group and Micro-X have formed an alliance to sell the latter’s mobile backscatter imager and develop a new airport checkpoint security system. Micro-X has developed a range of products based on its carbon nanotube emitter technologies, which enable the miniaturisation of x-ray

  • AI intersects with biometrics for smarter processing

    The combination of artificial intelligence and biometric identity management brings up abundant opportunities – but challenges must also be addressed Biometrics are advancing in everyday use, including as an identity token in the air transport industry. More of the electronic devices that we

  • ICAO teams with ICANN to develop protected digital comms system

    The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is working with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to explore developing a new trust framework that aims to revolutionise how digital communications are secured within the aviation sector. ICAO and ICANN signed a

  • PTE 2019: EES motivates secunet

    Germany-based secunet exhibited a new range of self-service kiosks, document readers, and border control equipment at PTE 2019, ahead of a surge in demand anticipated by the company before European Union countries implement the EU Entry-Exit System (EES) in the early 2020s. One product, called

  • Rohde & Schwarz buys Israeli scanner company

    Rohde & Schwarz has acquired the security scanning business unit of Israel-based Camero-Tech Ltd from SK Group for an undisclosed sum. The German company stated on 27 March that the purchase will strengthen its position on the security market by complementing its existing range of screening

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