Smart Security: New solutions for passengers and cabin baggage screening By GaĂŤl Poget, Manager, Smart Security, ACI World (Geneva Airport) will increase capabilities even further, and should eliminate the need to remove shoes and other items.
Many air travellers have stories to share about their experiences at security checkpoints. Sometimes the entire process is completed within few minutes in a very smooth manner. On other occasions, the walkthrough metal detector alarm is triggered and cabin baggage gets stopped by the x-ray operator. You have to undergo a full pat-down and your cabin baggage is gets a full secondary search. This article looks at how new technologies are used in the Smart Security programme and how they can offer highly effective solutions for detecting threats while reducing the hassle factor for passengers. Security scanners, or full-body scanners as they are commonly known, are currently replacing metal detector archways at a large number of security checkpoints. This equipment offers a better passenger experience through the elimination of manual pat-downs, and enhances security effectiveness by increasing the level of detection of prohibited items, both metallic and non-metallic. Smart Security trials have demonstrated that up to 240 passengers per hour can be processed by a single security scanner, making them suitable as a sustainable solution for the future. There are several types of security scanners available; airports can select the solution that best fits its operational efficiency targets and protects the privacy and health of its passengers. In the future, we expect to see advances in technology such as non-touch explosive trace detection that 36
While the passenger is being screened, cabin baggage inspection is undertaken by an x-ray operator. Advances in x-ray technology include the deployment of dualview x-ray images allowing the operator to benefit from multiple angle images of the same bag. Further algorithms, called Automated Target Recognition, can also be added to automatically detect threats and make the officersâ€™ decisions easier. Images can be forwarded to the secondary search
In an integrated approach to security checkpoints, airports also see the implementation of Centralized Image Processing (CIP) as very promising. The concept is inspired by the system currently in place for hold baggage (i.e., x-ray machines are networked and images are displayed to the next officer available, no matter if the image comes from lane X or Y). CIP makes cabin baggage screening much more efficient.
ACI World Report - March 2016