For many years airports have been identified as some of our most vulnerable infrastructure. Anyone who has been on a flight during the last 15 years is well aware of the stringent security procedures in place at every airport. From the “front door” of the airport, access to aircraft is among the most tightly controlled in existence.
Incredibly, this is not the case at the “back door” of the airport. Parked aircraft, taxiways, runways and everything inside the airport perimeter fence are incredibly vulnerable.
Virtually anyone with a car can bust through a chain-link fence gate and take a joyrideright down the runway of most major metropolitan airports, or even board a plane. For airports on the water like New York’s JFK, a kayak is all you need to reach all of the aircraft on site. Other airports require no more than climbing a fence, and you’re on the tarmac. In fact, security breaches at airports are far more common than you might imagine.
Short of vastly increasing the physical barriers, personnel and technology at an airport, what can be done to reduce the frequency of these potentially dangerous breaches? For a start, airports can install a security solution that automates much of the monitoring, threat identification and notification needed to keep the entire premises safe.
The ideal solution to protect an airport perimeter and exterior premises would monitor both areas, detect any potential breaches, filter out false alarms (like blowing garbage or animals) and alert authorities immediately when action is needed – all automatically.
In fact, this solution is available and in place at a number of facilities right now, through an integration between Pelco VideoXpert VMS and Xtralis’ perimeter detection analytics. VideoXpert gives the user an easy-to-deploy, centralized hub to monitor and manage all aspects of airport security, while Pelco’s high-performance cameras capture the crystal clear video required for effective analytics. The overall solution helps keep unauthorized individuals away from runways, taxiways, aircraft and other airport infrastructure in all types of weather conditions and in every environment.
The user can create a virtual fence around designated restricted areas such as parked aircraft and receive proactive notice of suspicious activity such as an unauthorized vehicle or object of interest. The perimeter fence line can be monitored from both sides to provide automated alerts to security management. Advanced analytics enable high detection probability and reliability with fewer false alarms, helping personnel maintain their attention on what’s most important. The solution combines real-time data with real-time video to enable quick response.