While security remains a priority for the airport sector, increasingly rigorous screening not only inconveniences passengers but also puts additional pressure on the already-stretched resources and infrastructure of airports and airlines.
The need for sophisticated, robust, reliable – and cost-effective – solutions has never been greater so the latest developments from air travel technology pioneers ARINC are pivotal to addressing the diverse security issues affecting passengers, information, baggage, employees and airport infrastructure.
With 80 years’ experience of devising innovative products and services for this sector, ARINC sets the benchmark for dependable, versatile engineering solutions that resolve security issues with superior performance, quality and value.
Advance Passenger Information Systems
The number of governments requiring airlines to use Advance Passenger Information Systems (APIS) to collate electronic identification lists of passengers and crew in advance of travel is increasing. The next step is Advance Passenger Processing (APP) which enables check-in staff to conduct real-time pre-boarding checks against immigration databases, which can result in authority to travel being denied.
These systems, with their demands for personal information in addition to flight-related details, have prompted passenger concerns about data security and how their private information is used and retained.
For the many airlines using legacy systems, government demands to extract data impose costs they can ill-afford. In addition, until there is some harmonisation of standards, different governments’ varying data requirements generate further time and cost implications.
In response to the concerns of both travellers and airlines, ARINC has developed AviNet Electronic Border Solution which is designed to help all airlines comply with their legal obligations while protecting the privacy of passengers. A highly-reliable voice and communications network with numerous applications, AviNet provides enhanced API messaging services that connect airlines to government border control agencies.
Although API messages can be transmitted by e-mail and over the internet, a fully-managed IP network gives added reliability, end-to-end security and assurance of operational performance that is absent with a public internet connection.
Automated Airport Security Screening
The ability to track the arrival and progress of each passenger in the airport is crucial. So Passenger Reconciliation Systems (PRS) like ARINC’s VeriPax are increasingly in demand now that the rise in DIY boarding passes printed at home means that passengers with only hand luggage need have no interaction with the airline until they reach the gate.
VeriPax maximizes security checkpoint operations and optimizes passenger flow. It validates the authenticity of the barcodes on boarding passes using new 2D scanners, automatically screens passengers against airline host systems in real time and determines clearance, providing audio and visual status alerts to agents when necessary.
The system can also track passenger movement after check-in – for example, determining whether they have enough time to clear security to catch their flight.
VeriPax complements ARINC’s Identity Management System (IdMS) which uses biographical and biometric information to help create fast-lanes for pre-registered passengers and invaluable checks on employees and crew members.
In addition, links to ‘watch lists’ offer a comprehensive solution for government agencies responsible for border control, hazardous material management and for securing other high-risk facilities.
While simultaneously strengthening security and simplifying the process, VeriPax also supports the secure transition to more common-use self-service (CUSS) applications and off-site check-in options.
Enhanced Baggage Tracking
Baggage presents another potential security issue but ARINC has the solution in BagMatch which keeps track of every movement of every bag and container in the system – within the airport and in the aircraft hold.
Linking to departure control, flight information displays, weight and balance applications, and other airport systems, BagMatch also confirms whether a piece of luggage can be positively matched to a verified, boarded passenger before being loaded onto a departing aircraft.
The exact location of every bag is known, down to its position within the container on board the aircraft. Should a bag need to be off-loaded before departure, it can be identified with 100% accuracy.
Shared Information = Enhanced Security
ARINC’s Multi-User System Environment (MUSE) family of passenger and flight information systems – already supporting more than 300 airlines at over 100 airports worldwide – increase security by allowing airlines to share vital passenger and baggage information in real time on high-speed multi-user networks. Whether from off-site locations, common-use kiosks or traditional check-in desks, airlines can access the information they need when they need it, while maintaining passenger privacy.
Since every transaction – from ticketing and baggage handling to car rental and hotel reservations – can be processed over the common network, communications barriers are completely eliminated and security enhanced.
Securing Airport Infrastructure
With security critical to every aspect of airport infrastructure, ARINC’s Intrusion Detection System (IDS), coupled with its Advanced Information Management (AIM) system, is designed to meet the toughest challenges.
A multi-faceted, sophisticated perimeter detection system, implementing the latest sensor, electronic-field, microwave, magnetic switch, silent-alarm, and closed circuit technology available, IDS is the answer to the complex, mission-critical security challenges airports face daily.
It includes video surveillance, CCTV, access control, and secure area access management. CCTV systems can be integrated with any new or legacy operating system, including those for passenger information, facility access control, freeway management, and transit dispatch.
IDS is easy to install, maintain, and upgrade, with ARINC Managed Services (AMS) providing expert network operations support, maintenance and staffing throughout its lifecycle.
Meanwhile, ARINC's Access Control System (ACS) provides automatic access control to secure areas across multiple zones within a single facility, as well as across multiple facilities. Monitoring and control of personnel is via electronic card readers, RFIDs, hand geometry units, fingerprint scanners, keypads and balanced magnetic switches.
These are some of the ways in which ARINC makes a major contribution to the security of the aviation industry. And while it’s safe to assume that security demands will continue to intensify, it’s equally safe to assume that ARINC will be blazing a pro-active technology trail to anticipate and meet those future challenge