Report: Convergence of Physical and IT Security Key to Protecting Airport Perimeters

Report from Frost & Sullivan addresses technological upgrades, growth in airport perimeter security

LONDON, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Post 9/11, enhanced efforts to protect critical airport infrastructure has led to increased budget allocation to combat security threats and protect airport perimeters. This, together with technological upgrades and the deployment of strong, proactive security solutions across a single network are expected to fuel significant growth in airport perimeter security markets across the world.

Frost & Sullivan ( finds that the World Airport Perimeter Security Markets are projected to earn revenues of $3.80 billion in 2006 and this is estimated to reach $7.59 billion in 2011.

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"As layered technology security solutions gain importance, integrated network systems will drive airport sales", notes Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Ms. Barbara Ghielmetti. "Interoperable and layered security solutions, which feature open architecture structures will become crucial for existing airport operators."

Airport security is characterised by a layered approach in which a variety of security equipment is utilised and converged into one interoperable network system and command centre. Such a layered approach is expected to support market growth and will require a combination of technologies ranging from those used for the outermost part of the perimeter to internal operations at the command, control and communications (C3) centre.

Innovative technologies, particularly intelligent video surveillance systems, are becoming an integral part of mainstream airport security. Accordingly, a proactive approach is being adopted to install integrated security solutions that will be interoperable with new emerging technologies as well as legacy security systems

In keeping with the growing demand for interoperable solutions, perimeter security manufacturers, such as intelligent video surveillance networks and fencing providers, would do well to partner with providers of integrated solutions. This will assist them in penetrating the market, while creating overall cost benefits for end users.

Airports throughout the European Union (EU), the United States and Asia Pacific rely on different funding schemes for security measures. Hence, in each region, the allocation of funds by airport operators will remain crucial to overall market growth.

"At present, airport operators are reluctant to invest in new technologies due to the lack of government standardisation and regulation on security funding", states Ms. Ghielmetti. "Therefore, until governments provide airports with necessary support, funding issues will remain a concern to both airport operators as well as security vendors and airports are likely to invest only in minimal improvements."

As the United States, Western Europe, Asia Pacific nations as well as certain countries in South America are witnessing a tremendous growth in the number of airline passengers, continued market improvements are expected.

To sustain positive market trends, companies will need to evaluate airport operations on a regional level to determine the countries that are at the highest threat from terrorism or sabotage at the perimeter. The airport perimeter still remains a vulnerable target for terrorism. Hence, more finance is expected to be budgeted towards new technology and protection initiatives, especially in countries with the largest influx of airline passengers.

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