In 1901 New York state made a pioneering regulation move and became the first US state to require automobile owners to register their vehicles. This marked the beginning of regulation on modern traffic, which - following decades of development - resulted in a multi-layer concept of regulation relating to vehicles and driver’s licenses, traffic signs and insurance mechanisms that we are all familiar with nowadays. While certain parallels can be drawn between the early days of cars and our...
The National Security Inspectorate (NSI), UK’s premier independent certification body specialising in the security, guarding and fire sectors, has appointed Ron Panter as security and fire systems auditor, and lead auditor for ISO 9001, based in Surrey and London. Ron started his career in auditing with the London Electricity Board where he held a variety of customer service and quality management roles. He subsequently spent over 20 years as a quality manager for a NACOSS Gold and ARC ap...
Leaders in the security industry, government and technology gathered on June 27-28 in Washington, D.C., as the Security Industry Association (SIA) hosted its 2018 GovSummit. Each year, SIA GovSummit offers top-quality information sharing and education on security topics affecting federal, state and local agencies. This year’s summit tackled key security and policy issues like moving security services to the cloud, the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning for surveillance and...
At Defexpo India 2018, the independent sensor solutions house HENSOLDT for the first time presents its newly founded Indian subsidiary HENSOLDT Pvt Ltd (“HENSOLDT India”). The new company based in Bengaluru is HENSOLDT’s local footprint and gateway to India and its surrounding region. This organisation has been setup to increase customer proximity and augment the product and technology cooperation with local public and private companies. Furthermore, the company will act as an...
COPTRZ, UK’s commercial drone solution provider, has announced the launch of a complete turnkey drone detection solution, designed to provide protection from the threat of drones. Launched in partnership with DJI and their AeroScope detection systems, the system allows an operator to track telemetry data from drones in surrounding airspace of up to 40km. (25 miles) distance. In effect, it’s a drone license plate detection system that provides security teams with the data required to...
Camera modules, aka block cameras, are devices with an integrated image sensor, lens optics, video output and control electronics. With their easy integration in imaging systems, camera modules are widely used in a range of photography and video applications globally, e.g. in video surveillance and industrial automation. With the MP2030M-GS, Tamron Co. Ltd is advancing this product species to an unseen level so as to improve existing and enable new applications, featuring an industrial grade CM...
HENSOLDT, an independent sensor house, is developing an innovative airborne multi-mission surveillance radar that will provide the armed forces and border protection authorities with unprecedented situational awareness and extremely short reaction times. The software-defined radar named PrecISRTM (derived from ‘precise’, pronunciation: ‘priˈsaiser’) translates latest achievements in active array and digital receiver technology into a scalable high-performance sensor that can be installed aboard helicopters, UAVs and fixed-wing mission aircrafts. Its superior precision and target accuracy make it the sensor of choice for surveillance of large sea and coastal areas against piracy, trafficking or illicit intrusion. “HENSOLDT capitalises on decades of experience in airborne and space radar”, explains HENSOLDT CEO Thomas Müller. “We are able to translate our unique radar capabilities into an innovative product which gives defence and security forces more and better information to counter threats to their citizens’ safety and well-being.” PrecISR radar Due to its software-defined radar modes and electronic beam steering, PrecISR can fulfil different tasks virtually at the same time. It is able to detect, track and classify thousands of objects and thus literally find the ‘needle in a haystack’. Because of its compact design and the fact that all power consuming parts are located outside of the airframe, the airborne platform integration of PrecISR is simplified significantly compared to other radars. PrecISR is in the full-scale development phase. A fully functional flying demonstrator is expected to exist in about one year’s time and a series product in 2020.
Frequentis AG’s current CEO, Hannes Bardach, who has been in the management board for 35 years, will join the Frequentis supervisory board in mid-April 2018. In the future, his colleagues in the executive board - Sylvia Bardach, Hermann Mattanovich, and Norbert Haslacher - will be responsible for the management of Frequentis AG. The function of the CEO will be taken over by the current executive board member for sales & marketing, Norbert Haslacher. For 35 years, Hannes Bardach has held operational responsibility at Frequentis. In 1983, he joined the company as managing director, and in 1986, he took over the company shares. At that time, Frequentis was a small Viennese company with 36 employees and a turnover of EUR 4 million. Since then, Frequentis has continuously grown and today is a globally active group of companies with more than 1,700 employees in over 50 countries. "In the future, as an active owner and chairman of the Supervisory Board, I will work closely with the Executive Board and contribute to tasks critical to success for the corporate group," Hannes Bardach says. His special focus is on strategy and New Business Development. The future three-member board has Bardach's full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC The move from the executive board to the supervisory board has been planned for some time now. Bardach looks back on a long-standing and successful cooperation with his current board colleagues. Hermann Mattanovich and Sylvia Bardach remain in their current responsibility as CTO and CFO at Frequentis AG, respectively. The future three-member board has his full confidence to drive further international growth of the Frequentis Group MNC. Frequentis Group to expand and grow Norbert Haslacher as his successor in the capacity of CEO has Bardach’s full support. Since April 2015, as a member of the Executive Board of Frequentis AG, Norbert Haslacher can refer to an impressive track record: Frequentis order intake reached a new high of EUR 288 million in 2017, and Haslacher has already provided significant impetus for the further development of the Frequentis Group, which will secure and strengthen the Group’s competitiveness in the long-term. Haslacher's many years of experience in the IT sector have a particularly positive impact. Prior to joining Frequentis, he worked about 15 years at CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation), a global IT services company that specialises in software development, infrastructure, web applications, cloud, big data, and cyber security. Haslacher has been able to contribute his extensive software knowledge as well as extensive international experience to the development of the Frequentis Group. Norbert Haslacher: “I am looking forward to the new challenge and I fully appreciate the trust and recognition that Hannes Bardach has given me as the Frequentis owner. My goal is to expedite the targeted sustained growth of the Frequentis Group and to further expand the product and solution portfolio to meet the requirements of our customers in the safety-critical area. In his new function as Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Hannes Bardach will continue to advise and support the Frequentis Executive Board.”
Innovative laser scanning technology from OPTEX, can now be integrated with the Genetec Restricted Security Area (RSA) Surveillance module, to deliver a new era in security and detection in outdoor and indoor environments for airports and other critical infrastructure sites. Via the RSA Surveillance module, OPTEX’s award-winning REDSCAN laser sensors can now send real-time events and alarm data to the Genetec unified security platform, Security Center, alerting control room operators to any intrusion in the surveillance area. Intrusions can be tracked on site maps to enable operators to respond to threats even more quickly and accurately. The REDSCAN laser sensors provide highly customisable virtual walls and ceilings which can be used to protect a perimeter line, but also specific areas. In the case of an airport, this might include entrances to hangars, gates and other restricted areas including baggage halls. The virtual ceiling or panes can protect rooftops and open areas (to create ‘sterile zones’), as well as being able to detect objects thrown over partition walls between secured and non-secured areas, such as passports and contraband. Laser scan technology for detection precision OPTEX REDSCAN is an extremely reliable system, whatever the internal lighting or external weather conditions. The target object can be defined by its size and the speed it is moving; when used in outdoor applications, it can ignore most wildlife such as rabbits, birds, and rodents. “We are pleased to welcome OPTEX as a partner,” says Georges Tannous, Director of Strategic Alliances at Genetec. “The technology and detection precision provided by their LiDAR devices can help benefit airport, mass transit and critical infrastructure customers.” These sentiments were echoed by Ryosuke Miwa, Senior General Manager of Global Security Division from OPTEX Japan. “We are delighted with the integration of our laser detection sensor within the Genetec RSA Surveillance module. “Intrusion detection along the perimeter, or a controlled area inside a building, can play a critical role in an overall security solution, especially for airports and other high security sites that Genetec software is often specified for. The integration adds another layer of awareness and control to the system’s operator.” To add a REDSCAN laser on a Genetec RSA Surveillance module, a device licence will be required. It will be supported on any Security Center Pro or Enterprise version 5.6 SR1 and later releases.
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev’s (BGU) top cyber security researchers will address the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) - the good, bad and the future - at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland on Tuesday, January 23rd. They are one of only two Israeli delegations presenting at the high-profile Davos event. The BGU researchers’ session, Cyber-Forensics with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, is part of the IdeasLab forum on Tuesday, January 23, in the Congress Centre. The IdeasLab connects big ideas with big thinkers in an engaging session format where discussion leaders pitch cutting-edge scientific innovations. Cyber research The BGU cyber research experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges artificial intelligence (AI) presents to both hackers and defenders, who are harnessing the power of AI through machine learning and deep learning to extend their capabilities and further their goals−both good and bad. In three sessions, each of the three BGU speakers will discuss how AI-enabled attacks are no match for current defenses. “Ben-Gurion University is honored that our world-renowned cyber security research experts will be prominently featured at this major event,” says Prof. Rivka Carmi, BGU president. “This is a significant milestone for BGU and further acknowledgement that BGU is the place to go for cutting edge cyber security research and innovation.”BGU is the place to go for cutting edge cyber security research and innovation" BGU speakers include: Prof. Yuval Elovici - Prof. Elovici will address how attackers utilise AI to make their attacks undetectable. He is director of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU, the telecommunications company’s only research and development lab outside of Germany. Elovici is also director of BGU’s Cyber Security Research Center at BGU and a member of the BGU Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering. Prof. Bracha Shapira - Prof. Shapira, the Carole Weinstein Chair in Information Systems Engineering, will discuss how defenders use AI to catch abnormalities and deviations. She is the vice dean for research, Faculty of Engineering Sciences. Prof. Shapira is a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center. Prof. Lior Rokach - Prof. Rokach will focus on adversarial AI, and how attackers have started an AI arms race as they seek to circumvent systems. He will also provide recommendations on how defenders can prevent such circumvention. Prof. Rokach is chair of the Department of Software and Information Systems Engineering as well as a member of the Deutsche Telekom Innovation Labs at BGU and the Cyber Security Research Center.Cyber at BGU (CBG) serves as a shared research platform for some of the world’s most innovative and technologically challenging projects Shared research platform Cyber at BGU (CBG) serves as a shared research platform for some of the world’s most innovative and technologically challenging projects in partnership with global companies and governmental organisations. Situated in the Ben-Gurion Advanced Technologies Park in Beer-Sheva, Israel's Cyber Capital, CBG encompasses the Cyber Security Research Center, a joint initiative with the Israel National Cyber Bureau, and the Telekom Innovation Laboratories, in partnership with Deutsche Telekom. Research conducted under the Cyber at BGU umbrella includes AI-based cyber defense; IoT security; cyber for intelligent transportation and aviation; malware; fraud detection, and big data analysis for cyber security. The WEF Annual Meeting will be held January 23-26, in Davos, Switzerland. The BGU sessions will be available on the WEF YouTube channel following the session.
Airbus has been awarded the Symphonie contract by the French joint services directorate for defence infrastructure networks and information systems (DIRISI) for a period of seven years. It is part of the Descartes programme designed to modernise the telecommunication networks of the French Ministry of the Armed Forces. Transition from ISDN to VoIP Symphonie will offer 270,000 users at the Ministry of the Armed Forces a telephony service at 1,500 sites in metropolitan France, the overseas territories (French Guiana, the Antilles, Réunion and Mayotte, New Caledonia, French Polynesia) and abroad (Senegal, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Djibouti, United Arab Emirates, Chad, Lebanon, external operations). It will entail an overhaul and, as of 2018, the deployment of a modern telephony solution for the various organisations at the Ministry of the Armed Forces. With Symphonie, the core of the telephony network which carries communications between sites will make the transition from the ISDN technology provided by the Socrate network, to a voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) system. This technological leap will lead to substantial operational savings. Cybersecurity management support Symphonie also includes the deployment of new network management centres, cybersecurity management centres and operational support for seven years. Airbus will be calling on a network of about twenty French SMEs for performance of the works, deployment operations and local maintenance. Symphonie is a key component of the Descartes programme designed to modernise all the infrastructure networks at the Ministry of the Armed Forces, owing to the constant increase in demand for throughput and quality of service as well as the need for reinforced cybersecurity. It comprises a ‘general purpose’ element designed in line with the interministerial initiatives on this subject. It also comprises a high-security ‘resilient’ part, which functions even in the event of a major emergency. At the beginning of 2017, a group of companies created by ENGIE Ineo (project leader) and Airbus (co-contractor) won the Descartes STCA contract to build the high-availability communication network for control of air operations from the Ministry of the Armed Forces.
SecurAmerica, a leading U.S. man-guarding security company has announced the purchase of ERMC, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee. With headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, SecurAmerica, headed by the legendary entrepreneur Frank Argenbright, will continue its relentless focus on growth. With this expansion of infrastructure, the combined business will operate in over 650 locations, employ more than 8,000 security officers, and have annual revenues of over $300 million. SecurAmerica will now be the fifth largest U.S. security company. Premier man-guarding service provider “ERMC has had an outstanding reputation for service and culture that is both customer-centric and employee-obsessive. It is absolutely the right fit for us. I am also very pleased that its leadership team will remain with the organization,” said Frank Argenbright, the Executive Chairman of SecurAmerica. Argenbright further stated, “This acquisition is important to the long-term growth plans of SecurAmerica, because the Fortune 500 companies typically seek bids and contract from the top 5 man-guarding companies. We are extremely well positioned now and highly visible as the premier service provider.” Eddie Russell, the President of ERMC said, “ERMC wasn’t for sale when we met SecurAmerica a few months back; however, we quickly realised that the compatibility, synergies, and strength as a combined team were too great not to merge for both our clients and employees’ sake. We are looking forward to learning and borrowing new methods and techniques from our modernistic and advanced partner, improving our ability to better serve our clients. We are excited about becoming a part of the team that makes Frank’s vision a reality.” Expansions in retail and aviation vertical markets This is a major move for SecurAmerica, which has targeted $1 billion in revenues during the next five years, and $5 billion over the next ten years. ERMC expands the vertical market opportunity with strong operations in both retail and aviation markets. Argenbright’s commitment to delivering operational excellence has powered SecurAmerica’s rapid growth and built a reputation for the company as the premium provider of security services throughout the United States. The National Archives relies on SecurAmerica to protect the nation’s most important artifacts, including the U.S. Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. “We are quite excited to have ERMC as a part of our company,” said Argenbright, “and we believe we have added capabilities that will continue to accelerate our growth.”
Hoverfly Technologies Inc., global supplier of tether-powered aerial drone systems, is pleased to announce it has engaged retired Deputy Chief of Los Angeles Police Department Mike Hillmann to consult and provide expertise to Hoverfly and public safety officials of cities, counties and special law enforcement agencies who are considering the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) to assist in keeping their cities safe. Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety “With 24-hour news cycles, a never-ending stream of social media posts, mid-term elections and potential threats to the public at large, getting fast, accurate situational awareness from the air during an incident has never been more important when it comes to keeping the public safe. We are thrilled to have Chief Hillmann advising on use cases and how best to implement and integrate this new technology,” says Hoverfly SVP of Systems, Lew Pincus. When incidents and/or events happen, having ‘real-time, situational awareness’ from above the scene is critical to managing risk and upholding public safety and the safety of those who serve our communities. Aerial/Drone surveillance He adds, “We typically have relied on manned aircraft to provide aerial coverage over a variety of incidents. On occasion, those assets have not always been available, deemed too disruptive or too expensive to deploy in certain situations where an aerial view clearly could have helped an incident commander better understand the situation. Deploying small tether-powered, highly portable, unobtrusive persistent cameras positioned high above the scene can now be used as either a standalone capability or integrated system with existing networks, security infrastructure and even manned aircraft.” Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones Today, Mr. Hillmann is helping chiefs of police, local city and county officials and other public safety personnel understand how Hoverfly’s tether-powered LiveSky systems can be deployed from police or EMS vehicles providing incident commanders with actionable intelligence from high above the scene within minutes of arrival. “Tactically, having the ability to stay in the air monitoring the situation from above for hours, days, even weeks at a time represents an amazing capability we never had before. During my career, I can think of hundreds of situations where having a drone in the air to provide real-time intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance would have helped keep my officers and the community much safer. It’s a force multiplier that should be exploited by public safety,” says Hillmann. Hoverfly’s LiveSky systems Hoverfly tether-powered sUAV (Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) systems solve short battery-life problems associated with free-flying drones because they operate using a standard 120VAC power source or vehicle inverter. The power, command and control information and video are transmitted over the tether making the entire system completely secure from jamming, hacking or spoofing, ensuring the privacy of the data and improving safety. Perhaps the biggest benefit of Hoverfly systems is they are autonomous and require no piloting skills. The CEO of Hoverfly likes to say, “if you can operate an elevator, you can operate our LiveSky system.”
Government regulations continue to step up security demands at federal agencies, requiring identity cards to support multiple identity assurance factors and be validated at entries into a building or location. Because of the cost and infrastructure that goes along with many security upgrades, federal agencies must wait months or, in many cases, years to implement changes. The Federal Aviation Administration—an operating mode of the U.S. Department of Transportation—is no different. The FAA is tasked with the colossal mission of regulating and overseeing all aspects of civil aviation in the United States. With offices around the world, including its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the FAA has a large number of employees and buildings to oversee. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials Need of tools for validating employee credentials As part of its security requirements, the FAA must validate Personal Identity Verification (PIV) cards at checkpoints within its facilities. With so many people coming into and out of the buildings each day, it is particularly important that security personnel have reliable tools to validate employee credentials. As recently as a year ago, FAA security personnel were conducting visual inspection of PIV cards at the gates into facilities that did not have PIV card readers. They had no way of telling if the card was authentic, revoked, or if the employee had access rights to a checkpoint at a particular time. At the FAA headquarters, which employs just under 6,000 permanent employees, and another FAA facility, the Minneapolis Air Route Traffic Control Center, which is the organisation’s 11th busiest airport traffic control tower, visual verification just wasn’t enough. Automating the verification process In order to comply with HSPD-12 and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memorandum 11-11, the FAA needed a process beyond visual verification that allowed security personnel to quickly check the authenticity and revocation status of a card, as well as access rights to a particular area of the facility. With as many as 5,000 people coming into the FAA headquarters facility daily, the organisation’s primary goal was to automate the verification process. “The project needed to provide guards the ability to validate PIV cards at FAA facilities where the gates did not have PIV card readers,” said Craig Auguston, HSPD-12 Program Manager at the Federal Aviation Administration. “We also wanted a mobile solution for backup and for roaming guards to be able to validate secure areas, such as parking garages.” Codebench’s OMNICheck Plus software OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000 The FAA began looking at products that could not only meet its requirements for mobile validation, but also integrate seamlessly with its P2000 security management database from Johnson Controls (JCI), according to Auguston. “This upgrade was important to meet the FAA’s requirement to validate PIV cards at all check points,” Auguston said. The FAA’s former process of visual verification was not allowing security guards to check the status of a PIV card, such as revocation status and specific access rights, both of which the organisation needed to meet its security goals. After testing a couple of mobile software validation programs, the organisation chose OMNICheck Plus software from Codebench, a HID Global Company. OMNICheck Plus was ultimately decided upon because it is integrated with many physical access control systems including the P2000, and it is listed on the GSA’s FIPS 201 Approved Products List as a CAK authentication system when running on an ARM-based mobile device such as the DAP CE3240B, which both FAA facilities use. Giving mobile access to the security guards “They really needed something that was going to allow their security guards to be mobile in certain parts of a facility,” said Botio Mandov of Johnson Controls. Johnson Controls, the integrator for the project, helped the FAA implement a larger security upgrade, which included the security management database and mobile validation software. Together, the FAA’s mobile DAP devices and OMNICheck Plus software enabled roaming security guards to use the mobile handheld devices in FAA parking garages and other entry points that needed to be secured, but do not have stationary PIV card readers. One of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers Checking access rights on mobile card readers In addition to mobility, one of the most important aspects of authentication software for the FAA was the ability to check an employee’s access rights directly on the mobile card readers—something only their organisation’s P2000 physical access control system could do previously. With an OMNICheck module called Data Import, certain cardholder information housed in the FAA’s P2000 database, such as access rights, was pushed down into the DAP mobile devices used by security personnel. “Access rights allow FAA security guards to make sure employees’ cards are not only valid, but that they are allowed to be in a certain area at a certain time,” Mandov said. In addition, FAA security administrators can run audit reports that show which cards were checked and when. The implementation took about five months, including testing the interface with the access control system and coming up with a training guide for the security guards, according to Auguston. The FAA is currently using 31 DAP CE3240B mobile readers with OMNICheck Plus. Saving money by eliminating physical parking passes Prior to the OMNICheck Plus installation, FAA security personnel had an unreliable way of authenticating PIV cards and access rights. Now, security personnel are able to verify digital certificates, revocation status and access rights, all while having an audit trail of the cards checked in the system. An additional, unexpected benefit for the FAA has been the cost savings of eliminating physical parking passes at its two facilities. “We are able to positively identify cardholders’ status when they try to enter the facility. We were able to save money by eliminating the physical parking pass by using OMNICheck to validate cardholder’s status for parking in FAA-controlled facilities,” Auguston explained.
Johnson Controls announces that the aviation specific CEM Systems AC2000 Airport access control system has been selected to secure Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport, Oman. AC2000 Airport access control solution with intelligent CEM Systems, IP card readers and CEM Systems S3040 portable hand-held readers will ensure the highest levels of integrated security, and provide a solution that goes beyond security by helping in airport operations. Oman Airports Management Company (OAMC) is the government company responsible for the management and operation of Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport. Muscat International Airport is the largest airport in Oman. Currently undergoing an expansion phase, Muscat International Airport will have the capacity to handle 12 million passengers annually. Salalah International Airport currently handles more than one million passengers annually. Aviation specific access control “Johnson Controls is delighted to be supplying the CEM Systems AC2000 Airport access control system for these two important projects in Oman’s infrastructure development,” said Philip Verner, regional sales director, Building Technologies & Solutions, Johnson Controls. “The team behind the CEM Systems AC2000 Airport system has a proven history of understanding the dynamics and needs of airports, and the industry leading AC2000 Airport system has been used to secure airports around the world for over 25 years. This contract to secure Muscat and Salalah Airports represents another significant win for Johnson Controls in the growing aviation sector in the Middle East region.” The powerful AC2000 Airport system has a proven record as one of the most reliable and resilient aviation specific access control and security management solutions available. It not only provides the airports with advanced access control throughout terminal buildings, airside and landside boundaries, but it also provides a range of software applications to enhance the airport’s onsite operations and increase business efficiency. Using the CEM Systems AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging Pass Production) application, ID cards can then be personalised and printed allowing the airport to produce card passes that include logos, staff signatures, and images. Integrated passenger control system AC2000 Airport paired with CEM Systems intelligent IP card readers and integrated controllers also provide the airports with aviation specific modes such as ‘Passenger mode’ which allow efficient management of gate rooms for departing and arriving passengers. Passenger mode controls door open times, and via interlocking, ensures Gate Room doors are opened or closed depending on the configuration set for the specific flight on the stand. The user-friendly LCD display on the CEM Systems intelligent card readers also allow staff to easily manage the process and see current status of the door mode at the gate. Additionally the CEM Systems S610f fully integrated intelligent fingerprint card reader and controller combined can be used in high security areas where there are requirements for three stage verification (card, PIN, and fingerprint). The CEM Systems S3040 lightweight and rugged hand-held portable card reader will provide Muscat International Airport and Salalah Airport security staff with the ability to conduct random checks on airside and landside personnel as well as providing ID card validation at temporary entrances or remote sites which have no power.
One of the main challenges was to find an access control solution that is completely integrated with all other airport systems Operational since 1974, the Cataratas International Airport in Foz do Iguaçu, Paraná, is located in a strategic area for the Mercosur, near Paraguay and Argentina, in addition to being located in the city of Foz do Iguaçu where tourism is the main activity. This entails a large circulation of people in the region; and according to data from INFRAERO, a total of 1,677,460 passengers and 5,981 airplanes were recorded there in the first half of 2013 alone. It is in that context that the new Foz do Iguaçu airport security system was devised. For this, HID Global, a company specialising in secure identification solutions, and Augeo Engenharia, which works in Electric and Electronic Engineering projects, teamed up to implement the project, along with partners from other sectors. HID provides the access control solution, while the other systems are developed by the partners involved in the project, among which are Honeywell, with access control and integration systems, CCTV systems, automation systems, sensors, and air-conditioning valves; Securiton with fire detection and alarm systems; and Augeo Engenharia as an integrator. Challenges Given the intense flow of people in 2013, the airport highlighted several points of attention, since its proximity to Paraguay makes the place prone to contraband activities. In addition, circulation tends to keep increasing, especially due to the major events to be hosted by Brazil in the coming years. In this scenario, the development of a strong security systems project was necessary to ensure protection, mainly in the restricted areas. The project also had to comply with the integration specifications required by INFRAERO. “For us at HID Global Brazil, this project stands out due to the access control through iCLASS readers and cards. These cards have mutual authentication technology, providing end customers and all system users more security in the use of smart cards,” says Gustavo Gassmann, HID Global sales director. A total of 123 card readers were implemented; 36 had one authentication factor, 41 had two factors, and 46 had three factors One of the main challenges was to find an access control solution that is completely integrated with all other airport systems, such as fire prevention/ detection, flight schedules, database, and others. HID Global’s technology supports this requirement, since it allows for integration with other interfaces. That makes the airport a pioneer in integrated systems. Solutions A total of 123 card readers were implemented; 36 had one authentication factor, 41 had two factors, and 46 had three factors. Authentication factors represent the levels of security in restricted areas. The first one refers only to proximity, the second factor to proximity and password, and the third to proximity, password, and biometrics, in order to provide non transferrable and exclusive access to the authorised person. That three-level authentication strategy was chosen precisely to make access control stronger and avoid possible falsification and unauthorised entry. “In addition to complying with the technical requirements of the project, HID Global’s solution is the most suitable in terms of security, since iCLASS technology provides more protection against fraud, considering that other technologies are more easily circumvented,” says Marcelo Stege, commercial director of Augeo Engenharia, the company responsible for integrating the systems. Results Cataratas International Airport has already reinforced security in its restricted areas and it will be the first airport to operate with all systems integrated, in compliance with INFRAERO’s requirements. HID Global’s iCLASS technology and the use of smart cards provide more security and modernisation to users, minimising the risks of unauthorised access and contraband, as well as making falsification more difficult. The project was designed to support a possible expansion; that is, if it is necessary to install more readers and cards, Augeo and HID are prepared to meet that demand. The solution addresses the need to expand infrastructure and security challenges arising from the major events to be held in Brazil in the coming years. In addition to Foz do Iguaçu Airport, HID Global is involved in the access control projects of several airports and stadiums in Brazil, expanding its portfolio and experience in security for major events.
Biometric technology from Iris ID is helping passengers at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport to pass through self-service security e-gates in as little as 10 seconds. More than 865,000 passengers used the gates in 2017’s first quarter. Two-step process The two-step process is available to all Qatar residents free of charge. Passengers place their ID cards or passports on a reader which opens a gate to a second portal. Iris scans or fingerprint readers are used to authenticate identify before opening the last barrier before the boarding gates. The process is repeated for passengers returning from trips outside Qatar. Mohammad Murad, vice president of global sales and business development for Iris ID, said iris recognition is ideal for secure border application as it is the fastest and most accurate of available biometric technologies. “In addition to providing the highest performance levels, iris recognition can be used by people wearing glasses of contact lenses,” he said. “Also, an iris system doesn’t require any contact with the reader, making it hygienically safe and non-intrusive.” The International Civil Aviation Organisation has praised the Hamad International programme as a model system that can be applied by other countries. Process simplicity Col. Mohammed Rashid Al Mazrouei, director of the Qatar Airport Passports Department, told MOI News the simplicity of the process has made it increasingly popular with passengers. “This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees,” he said. “Passengers save time and avoid long queues in front of airport immigration counters. And the system meets all required security standards.” "This system allows passengers to complete the security check without involvement of airport employees" Al Mizrouei said more than 1 million people registered for the program in 2016 and he expects the gates will be used more than 3.5 million times by the end of 2017. The airport currently has 21 e-gates for departures and 20 more for arrivals. The department plans increase the number of gates to 40 in each section due to the growing demand. Airport Passports Department personnel operate a counter located near the gates to assist passengers unfamiliar with the use of the system. An onsite department office allows Qatar citizens and residents to link their biometrics to their ID cards. Hamad International airport Hamad International is the major airport serving Qatar’s capital city of Doha. Construction continues at the 22-square-kilometer (8.5 square miles) airport opened in 2104. It is the sixth airport in the world — the first in the Middle East — to receive a 5-Star designation from Skytrax, a U.K.-based consultancy providing annual rankings of international airlines and airports In addition to Hamad International, Iris ID identification systems are being used at airports and border crossings throughout the world, as well as for national ID programs, voter registration and access control and time-and-attendance applications.
The ASR is combined with the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar for automatic identification of aircraft HENSOLDT, the new Sensor House, is to equip six military airfields in Canada with the most powerful new generation airport surveillance radar (ASR) available currently. The programme consists of seven radar systems, including one training system, which are scheduled to be handed over in 2017. The company has successfully passed the fourth Site Acceptance Test of its radar. Military and civil air traffic control “Our ASR offers superior performance in both military and civil air traffic control,” said Thomas Müller, CEO of HENSOLDT which represents the former defence electronics business of Airbus. “Thus, it guarantees absolute reliability in controlling airspace and ensures that people can travel with utmost safety.” Automatic identification of aircraft Under a €50m contract awarded in 2013 by the procurement authority Public Services and Procurement Canada, the ASR systems will replace the radars which are used in military air traffic control. They will be used for approach control at the airfield itself and for airspace surveillance to safely separate military flight movements and civilian air traffic. The ASR is combined with the MSSR 2000 I (MSSR = Monopulse Secondary Surveillance Radar) secondary radar for automatic identification of individual aircraft. It meets the new air traffic control standards Mode 5, Mode S, and ADS-B, which greatly improve aircraft identification queries and are currently being introduced in military and civil airspace. ASR-S airport surveillance radar HENSOLDT supplies air traffic control and identification systems in the military and civilian sector worldwide. Amongst others, the company equipped the German Armed Forces’ airports with the ASR-S (Airport Surveillance Radar, S-Band) airport surveillance radar and delivers a complete approach control system for the military airfields in Switzerland. It has signed further contracts for its new ASR-NG for Australia and in the frame of the MARSHALL programme of the UK. In addition, the MSSR 2000 I secondary radar is deployed by the naval forces of Germany, France, Norway, and Finland for military friend-or-foe identification. For civil and military air traffic control, those identification systems are used in countries such as Germany, France, USA, UK, Bulgaria, and the Philippines.