Market focus: Airport security

A roundup of recent security applications and installations


"Before the launch of the Modernization Program, Love Field had four separate video surveillance systems which made it challenging for law enforcement to monitor activities and airport officials to maintain these systems. The Love Field Modernization Program is transforming the Dallas Love Field airport into a benchmark for best practices in airport efficiency, service and security," says Dave Tynan, vice president of global sales and marketing for Avigilon.

Fairbanks International Airport

Fairbanks International Airport has recently completed an integrated video security system from suppliers Vicon Industries Inc., and SimplexGrinnell. The sophisticated system combines a ViconNet video management system with ViconNet VI video intelligence and access control capabilities from Software House to create a fully integrated, IP-based security solution for inside and outside the airport.

The video analytics software immediately identifies individuals walking in the "wrong" direction through or around security checkpoints. Prior to its installation, if a passenger slipped from a non-secure area to a secure area without passing through security, it would have been necessary to evacuate the entire secure area and require all passengers to endure another round of screening. With the new video intelligence in place, recorded video allows specific individuals to be quickly identified when they bypass security and only they need to be apprehended.

The entire ViconNet system encompasses approximately 120 cameras and access control points connected to a network that may be viewed and controlled from four different monitoring locations. Vicon's SurveyorVFT pressurized domes are used in all outdoor locations, where temperatures periodically dip to as low as -60 degrees Fehrenheit. Integration between the ViconNet and Software House systems provides automatic linking between access control events and video, so that primary monitors in the control centers immediately display video of any security breach as it is occurring.

Lay-out and installation of the system was performed by the Fairbanks office of SimplexGrinnell, working in coordination with the State of Alaska.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport

The Aspen/Pitkin County Airport in Colorado has chosen the SAFE for Airports solution from Quantum Secure as its physical access and identity management solution. The solution will streamline access assignment and management, automate key physical security policies, simplify badging operations and improve tracking/reporting throughout the airport.

Aspen/Pitkin County Airport is a 44,000 square foot single-floor terminal facility, including six rental car operations, a year-round guest services operation, a restaurant and gift shop concessions. With a largely seasonal employee base and a small airport badging staff, the airport needed a flexible, automated badging system for the enrollment, verification and processing of personnel gaining temporary or long-term access to the airport.

With the Quantum Secure solution, the airport will get a new badging and enrollment system which will allow for secure badges or credentials to be easily issued and renewed while automatically enforcing the business rules and controls of the badging office and the regulations and security directives issued by the TSA and other airport related regulatory authorities.

The solution also provides a supervisory management system to transform and automate manual workflows and processes, enabling airport authorities to manage facility access of users and groups through role-based access control. This results into streamlined security operations with huge reductions in operating costs.

"With our small badging staff and large badge population, SAFE will increase our internal efficiency while greatly improving the credential issuing process for our users and tenants," says David Ulane, Assistant Aviation Director for the Aspen/Pitkin County Airport.