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The weekly newspaper for air cargo professionals No. 1,064

20 January 2020

Love thy neighbour

Good borders make good neighbours

EmbraerX signs cargo drone deal

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INSIDE BATTEN DOWN THE HATCHES

THE global aviation marketplace will encounter a wide range of challenges in 2020, according to leading aviation consultant ... PAGE 3

EMIRATE’S 2020 VISION

AT THE start of a new decade, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is geared up to facilitate global trade and cargo ...

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revolution in unmanned air cargo took an important step forward with the signing of a collaboration agreement between the innovation arm of the Brazil-based aviation company Embraer and the freight drone maker Elroy Air. The agreement, signed at CEroy S 2020, the Consumer Technology Association conference in Las Vegas last week (January 7-10) came after the successful test flight of Elroy’s vertical take off and landing craft Chaparral with plans for it to be able to carry 500lb over 300 miles. It would operate without airports or charging stations with automated cargo loading and unloading. The test flight, on August 14 last year resulted in the 1,215lb Chaparral flying up to 10ft for 64 seconds and safely landing. There have since been several more successful test flights at higher levels. An Embraer spokesman said the collaboration involving EmbraerX “will allow the companies to accelerate the unmanned air cargo market worldwide, leveraging Embraer’s 50 years of industry experience with Elroy Air’s bold new developments in autonomous aircraft systems.”

Antonio Campello, president and CEO of EmbraerX said the company believed that the cargo market is prime for an autonomous aircraft. “Booming eCommerce is forcing the cargo market to grow and seek new solutions, creating a distinct need for more flexibility,” Campello said. “Our holistic approach to accelerating this market will include working with Elroy Air and its Chaparral system, capable of delivering cargo (250lb-500lb) over distances up to 300 miles, as well as our work in associated services and air traffic management solutions.” Dave Merrill, CEO of Elroy Air, said his company “aims to open a new chapter for the logistics mar-

ket with point-to-point autonomous aerial cargo systems. Our collaboration with EmbraerX will accelerate our path to deployment in commercial freight markets.” Merrill said Elroy Air has customers signed in multiple regions around the world and that Chaparral has unique and patented cargo-handling systems enabling unattended pickup and dropoff of cargo pods, which will unlock high-throughput logistics with very little down-time. As well as cargo, the Chaparral also has military and humanitarian aid applications being able to deliver essential items like food, water, and medical supplies in otherwise inaccessible locations.

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hina Southern Airlines is set to offload its considerable freight operations to a new company. The carrier’s parent company, China Southern Air Holding, recently set up a cargo company with registered capital of 1 billion yuan (£110 million). The State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, which supervises China Southern, said last year that the cargo company will take over the airline’s freight work, including belly cargo services, terminals and logistics. China Southern has a fleet of 12 Boeing 777200Fs and two Boeing 747-400Fs. It operates dual hubs in Shanghai and Guangzhou with stations in Chongqing, Amsterdam, Stansted, Frankfurt, Los Angeles, Chicago, Ho Chi Minh and Hanoi.

PayCargo in US first

PAYCARGO has collaborated with Hartsfield– Jackson Atlanta International Airport and IT business Kale Logistics Solutions to set up the first Air Cargo Community System (ACCS) in the US. The PayCargo platform underpins the ACCS, using Application Programming Interface (API) to facilitate the integration with Kale in the system.

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Etihad Cargo’s IATA CEIV certification opens membership to Cool Chain Association and Pharma.aero

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n the back of its recent successes in obtaining IATA CEIV certifications for both its pharma and fresh products, Etihad Cargo, the cargo and logistics arm of Etihad Aviation Group, has announced an extension of its cold chain global business partnerships by joining the exclusive Cool Chain Association as well as Pharma.Aero. The affiliation with the two cross-industry associations, which includes pharma shippers, CEIV certified cargo communities, airport operators and other air cargo industry stakeholders, provides the UAE-based carrier with active participation in the development and enhancement of industry standards and processes.

Rirst regional carrier

The news comes less than a year after Etihad Cargo became the first regional carrier and airport Hub in the Middle East to be awarded CEIV certification in Pharmaceutical Logistics, and only the second carrier in the world to obtain the CEIV certification in Perishables Logistics (Fresh) two weeks ago. Its dedicated TempCheck and FreshForward products provide specially designed, temperature-controlled equipment to transport pharmaceuticals and perishable items in the quickest possible time, adhering to the highest compliance guidelines. Andre Blech, Head of Cargo Operations and

Delivery at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Our memberships of the Cool Chain Association and Pharma.Aero are testament to the progress Etihad Cargo has made over the past 18 months as we continue to drive forward our ambition to provide reliable end-to-end air transportation for perishable and pharmaceutical shippers.” The Cool Chain Association will provide Etihad Cargo with a strategic conduit for knowledge exchange and technological ideas, in addition to a tailored platform to expand its

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current government, industry and supply chain partnerships on a global level. Stavros Evangelakakis, chairman of the Cool Chain Association and global product manager, Cargolux, said: “The CCA brings together industry leaders from across the cool chain to network, share insight, and trial new ideas. CCA members are focused on driving genuine change in the pharma and perishables cool chain with a focus on contributing to reducing waste and improving the lives of patients by ensuring transportation meets the requirements of the shipper, and Etihad will bring valuable insight and input from an airline perspective. We look forward to their contribution.” Etihad Cargo’s Pharma.Aero membership carries active participation at IATA LAPB meetings and regulation updates, ensuring its seat at the centre of industry-wide decision-making processes. Nathan De Valck, chairman of Pharma.Aero, (left) said: “We welcome Etihad Cargo into the Pharma.Aero membership and look forward to their active contribution in our project groups to further improve pharma handling processes in collaboration with the pharmaceutical manufacturers. As the first Middle East carrier to join Pharma.Aero, Etihad Cargo marks the expansion of our global membership into that region”. Etihad Cargo’s network, consisting of 60 global operating stations, provides pharmaceutical and perishables logistics services and seamless connections across more than 100 trade lanes listed as IATA CEIV certified.


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he global aviation marketplace will encounter a wide range of challenges in 2020, according to leading, independent aviation consultant IBA, published in its 2020 Market Update. Despite relatively benign macroeconomic conditions, the aviation industry will need to weather a series of shocks in the year ahead. Stuart Hatcher, chief operating officer of IBA and the principal author of its 2020 Market Update, says: “2020 is set to be a difficult year for the aviation industry as sharply changing aircraft values and falling yields from ticket sales cause pressures for airlines and lessors alike. “There’s never been a greater need for airlines to have robust business models, and those without them will be more susceptible to these pressures, and exacerbating factors such as currency exposure.”

B737 Max grounding

The long-term effect of the Boeing 737 MAX grounding is a key factor in several of these challenges, and fol-

lows a year in which Boeing saw its worst order book performance since 2003, with over 187 orders cancelled, and its deliveries plummet with 434 fewer aircraft than 2018. The grounding of the MAX has tightened supply of narrowbody aircraft, resulting in lease extensions and value increases in not only next generation Airbus A320neo family, but also previous generation Airbus A320ceo and Boeing 737NG family aircraft. There are currently around 800 737 MAX aircraft grounded – broadly equivalent to a whole year’s total commercial aircraft production by the manufacturer. IBA forecasts that the aircraft will start to return to service in the first half of 2020, building a capacity glut that will reverse narrowbody values. This in turn is forecast to loosen capacity as previously extended leases for passenger aircraft are concluded, driving a surge of narrowbody freighter conversions

from 2021 onwards. Major changes are also set to cause greater turbulence in the widebody aircraft market in 2020, with lease rates for the Airbus A330ceo forecast to continue their steep decline by a further 10% on average, making a cumulative drop of over 40% from the start of 2019, according to data from the IBA.iQ platform.

Sharp dynamics

The Boeing 777 is not immune from these challenges either with a net fall in orders for the yet to fly 777X in the past 12 months, and an average drop of 10% in lease rates forecast for the Boeing 777-300ER in 2020, reflecting a shift by airlines towards operating

smaller wide-body twin aircraft. These sharp dynamics in aircraft values, and what IBA believes is unsustainable growth in aircraft leases, are set to cause trauma in the overcrowded aircraft leasing market. In the year ahead, lessors will face sharply increased yield pressures from falling lease rates which IBA believes will result in market consolidation in 2020. Following a year that saw the largest-ever number of aircraft grounded (430) from airline failures, IBA forecasts that Hong Kong Airlines, South African Airways, Flybe and Norwegian Airlines will face significant risks in 2020 through a blend of structural weaknesses in their business models, and low asset bases through high lev-

els of leasing against ownership. Weak currency exposure against the dollar is also set to cause pressure in a number of geographic markets in 2020, specifically Argentina, Turkey and across South-East Asia and the Indian Ocean rim. Other key market forecasts within IBA’s 2020 Market Update include growth in ABS (asset backed securitisation) for aircraft fleets, as greater levels of finance enter the marketplace driven by greater industry knowledge and a continuation of low interest rates. Following weakness in the air cargo market, IBA forecast a modest recovery in volumes as the US seeks to resolve the trade dispute with China in this Presidential election year.

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he production Airlander 10 is revealed as Hybrid Air Vehicles approaches the start of production, with negotiations continuing with commercial customers. The updated aircraft has a fuel-saving, lower-drag shape; enhanced landing gear; wider, longer cabin for passengers, cargo, and equipment; and many other refinements. These features will provide the flexibility needed by its its customers. “Unveiling the aircraft that our first customers will be exciting and an important milestone on our path to type certification,” comments Tom Grundy, HAV’s CEO.

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Emirates SkyCargo’s 2020 ambitions

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t the start of a new decade, Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, is geared up to facilitate global trade and cargo movement in 2020 and beyond through a combination of innovative product development and investment in ‘fit for purpose’ infrastructure. “The global air cargo industry witnessed what was a very challenging year in 2019. Economic uncertainty, tensions in global trade and unrest in key markets negatively impacted cargo volumes. However, the tough market conditions were an opportunity for us to review our core offering to our customers and ensure that we remained market leaders with our specialised product offering, superior capabilities and infrastructure as well as our agility in responding to customer demand,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo.

“The outlook for 2020 is more positive with the air cargo industry set to post a modest recovery thanks to improved economic activity and trade growth. “With our commitment to ‘deliver as promised’ backed by a global network covering over 155 destinations centred in Dubai, our modern fleet of all wide-body aircraft and our state of the art Emirates SkyCentral terminals, Emirates SkyCargo is well positioned to support trade and economic growth in line with the Dubai Silk Road Project. With Expo 2020 Dubai also set to kick off in October 2020, we will see a surge in movement of goods to and from Dubai and we are working with our partners to provide specialised air freight services for this once in a lifetime event,” he added.

Specialised Products

In 2019, Emirates SkyCargo continued to roll out specialised products catered for specific industry verticals. Emirates Delivers is a new e-commerce

platform that enables consumers, both individuals and small businesses, to purchase products from any US-based online retail store and have it delivered in the UAE. In 2020, the availability of Emirates Delivers will be expanded to more markets. Other products from the Emirates SkyCargo portfolio showed a strong performance despite challenging market conditions. More than 400,000 tonnes of perishables were flown on Emirates’ flights under Emirates Fresh, Emirates SkyCargo’s specialised product for perishables. In November and December of 2019, the carrier operated nine charter flights from Santiago, Chile uniquely for carrying cherries. Year-on-year Increase of 6% in the volume of high value goods that were flown under Emirates Safe VAL, Emirates SkyCargo’s product for transportation of precious goods. A 12% increase in demand for Emirates Pets, Emirates SkyCargo’s product for transportation of domestic cats and dogs.

Emirates Charter

In addition to its scheduled passenger and freighter flights, Emirates SkyCargo offers customisable and flexible charter solutions to its global customers. The carrier was able to operate close to 370 charters during 2019. Charter operations have helped transport a wide variety of cargo from relief materials for natural disasters and equipment for music concerts to flowers and other perishables. In 2019, Emirates SkyCargo unveiled a new handling facility dedicated for pharmaceutical cargo at Chicago airport, one of the most important pharma stations for Emirates SkyCargo across the world. The facility features temperature controlled zones for acceptance and delivery, pharma cargo build up and break down, storage and direct ramp access and is also certified under EU GDP guidelines.

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team of British researchers at TLX Cargo have invented the world’s first Cargo
 Cover/Thermal blanket that incorporates Phase Change Material (PCM) into its structure, solved the problem of hot lane temperature excursions on the tarmac.
 
 TLX PCM cargo covers combine an outer surface that Reflects 97% of thermal radiation over the measured spectral range with TLX PCM Fibre-Flex technology within the structure of the cover, that remains flexible even when frozen and can be moulded around corners, whilst being thin, light and easy to handle.
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PCM in any orientation, which means TLX Fibre Flex can be used for walls as well as the top of the cargo cover. Thomas Hunt, TLX Cargo Sales Director commented: “TLX PCM is designed to remove the problem of the temperature spike seen on most pallet data loggers in air cargo when the pallet is off-loaded on to the tarmac at hot locations. “It is a game-changer in the Temperature Controlled Logistics sector solving problems such as: excursions on 15-25°C routes, power outages on 2-8°C routes, upgrading and reducing the size of parcel shippers along with controlling temperatures of Unit Load Devices for perishables.”


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Sowing the seed for airfreight’s fruity traffic

FRUIT LOGISTICA in Berlin from 5 to 7 February 2020 sees the world of fresh produce in one place

With exhibitors from more countries than ever before set to take part in FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020, the world’s leading fresh produce industry event is returning with a packed event programme and an improved hall layout that makes it even easier to create new connections in the global fruit and vegetable business, say organisers. The show will feature companies from every single link in the supply chain, including airfreight: from growers and exporters to importers, wholesalers and retailers; from specialists in breeding and crop protection to experts in technology and packaging; from transport and logistics operators to marketing agencies and certification providers. And by presenting an unrivalled number of new products, services and ideas, FRUIT LOGISTICA also represents the best opportunity to embark on a new commercial journey to almost any corner of the globe. Ecuador, for example, this year’s official FRUIT LOGISTICA partner country, will present new and exciting products like golden berries, tamarillos, soursops and Andean blueberries, which offer the market fresh colours and tastes. In fact, every country present has something new to offer. Trade visitors should look out for orange-skinned, pink-fleshed apples with a tropical taste, for lettuce leaves that double as a serving spoon, for miniature melons that fit in the palm of the hand, and much more. Finding their way around FRUIT LOGISTICA 2020 and discovering the very best the industry has to offer will be easier than ever this time around for trade visitors, thanks to a revised layout that groups together specific countries and segments, making the fair easier to navigate and explore.

Belgian contingent

For the first time, many of the event’s key international exhibitors – including BayWa, Edeka, Fresh Del Monte, GlobalG.A.P., SanLucar

and Zespri and a strong Belgian contingent represented by VLAM– will be present together in Hall 27. The largest single exhibition space on the Messe Berlin site, this recently completed arena benefits from a dedicated entrance with taxi and bus connections, as well as quick and easy access to several other halls. Nearby in Hall B, trade visitors will be able to discover a greater number of products and services from South-East Europe and the Mediterranean region. FRUIT LOGISTICA has seen a significant increase in the number of companies exhibiting from both of these regions, a sign of their growing importance to the international fresh produce market. In the meantime, FRUIT LOGISTICA’s largest country by number of exhibitors, Italy, will be present in three connected halls, making it much more convenient for those interested in exploring what the Italian Peninsula has to offer.

Airfreight flies in

Airfreight’s interest in the show is shown in the number of top players who have taken a presence at the biennial show. Among the key aviation and air cargo players are: Air France KLM Martinair Cargo; Cargolink Logística from Brazil; Cargolux Airlines;; Destock Fresh Customs logistics from France; DHL FoodLogistics; DSV Panalpina A/S; JAS JET Air Service; Kuehne + Nagel International; LAN Cargo; Lufthansa Cargo; Turkish Airlines; and, United Cargo. FRUIT LOGISTICA first saw the light of day in 1993 as the direct progeny of the Fresh Produce Forum, a conference event which had been held for a number of years as part of the International Green Week exhibition. It satisfied the demand for a specialised trade exhibition exclusively for the fresh fruit and vegetable business and was intended to provide a regular annual meeting place for fresh produce suppliers and their customers.

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thiopian Airlines and Boeing partnered to deliver muchneeded aid supplies to organisations across Ethiopia late last year. The airline took delivery of a new 787 Dreamliner from North Charleston, South Carolina in December and loaded the jet with 34,000 pounds (15,422 kg) of books and 5,800 pounds (2,630 kg) of school supplies, clothing and medical supplies for the flight home to Addis Ababa. “We are happy to partner with Boeing to carry humanitarian goods on our delivery flights from the US,” said Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Tewolde GebreMariam. “As a responsible corporate citizen, we take our responsibility to society seriously and always endeavor to contribute our share to the socio-economic development of countries around the globe.” The organisation Ethiopia Reads will send the books and school supplies to its libraries across Ethiopia which serve 100,000 children each year. Medical supplies, clothing and hygiene products will be delivered to the Mary Joy Development association, which helps women and youth gain the skills they need to rise out of poverty.

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Kenya Airways takes a bite from the Big Apple

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n June last year, Kenya Airways launched its latest European routes into Geneva and Rome, building on the success of its JFK launch the year before. The European service operates four times a week on a triangle service and has been a positive performance so far, says the airline. It has enabled goods to get to Kenya and beyond in a

“Kenya Airways became the first airline to offer a non-stop flight between East Africa and the US. It is the fastest connection from East Africa to New York, with a 15-hours duration eastbound and 14 hours westbound. The ultralong-haul flight requires four pilots as well as 85 tonnes of fuel each way, making it an exceptional operation.”

prompt time and also enabled perishables to reach Europe via another option. “We have seen regular flows from the aid agencies that need to get their goods to the challenging parts of Africa. To further support this, we are just about to become pharma compliant at the end of Q1 we will be fully operational.” In 2018, the airline launched Nairobi to New York. How has the route fared? “The route is on a steady climb. Of course, with such a long flight, we were unsure of the payload we would receive but we have been pleasantly surprised with the performance. In the planning stage we worked closely with the Network planning team and looked at which routing would give us the best payload and still be the most economical route for the flight to take.

Due to the 15-hour flight time and the altitude that Nairobi is at, there are occasional payload restrictions. “So at the moment we find most of the traffic comes inbound from JFK to NBO and then beyond. The traffic we do export from NBO is mainly consisting of volume cargo to accommodate any potential payload restrictions. The main cargo in from JFK to JNB is consolidations consisting of machinery, spares, courier material and books. Analysts project a Kenyan GDP growth of 5.8% in 2020. Kenya’s literacy level at 90% is one of the highest in the region. Any enterprise, whether local or foreign, may recruit expatriates for any category of skilled labour if Kenyans are not available.

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pounds (4,989 kg) of clothing, personal hygiene items and medical supplies from South Carolina bound for the Mekedonia Home for the Elderly and Mentally Disabled and St. Paul’s Hospital. The flights are part of Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight Program, a collaboration between Boeing, its customers and nongovernmental organizations, which delivers humanitarian aid around the world. The programme has delivered more than 1.6 million pounds (725.7 tonnes) of humanitarian supplies on more than 200 flights worldwide since the inaugural flight in 1992. To date, Boeing has partnered with Ethiopian Airlines on 39 humanitarian delivery flights, delivering more than 266,000 pounds (120.6 tonnes) of supplies to organisations in Ethiopia. “Through Boeing’s Humanitarian Delivery Flight Program, and in close collaboration with customers like Ethiopian Airlines and charitable organizations around the world, we are providing important and oftentimes lifesaving resources to those in need,” said Cheri Carter, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “We can do so much more when we work together, and Boeing is committed to continuing partnerships like this.”

Catching the bad guys at the airport

O.R. Tambo International airport in Johannesburg, South Africa scored early successes in its peak season security operations designed to detect and disrupt criminal activity as the Christmas holidays kicked in last year. At least ten people were dismissed, ten people arrested and attempts to smuggle items from airside were foiled. Security was ramped up with additional members being provided by the South African Police Service (SAPS) and licensed security contractors. Among the measures taken were random stop and search operations of people working in and around the airport. Other measures include additional staff to monitor several hundred CCTV cameras in real time. Staff with permits to work airside were only subject to random stop and search and subjected to intensified searches at access points, on entering and leaving access-controlled areas. Baggage wagons and other vehicles being used at airside were randomly stopped with drivers subject to questioning and inspections carried out. Successes recorded included: Apprehension of 10 security officers from a contracted security company in possession of stolen items, including alcohol and juices. Their staff permits were confiscated, the individuals were suspended and have now been dismissed; the arrests of 10 people for contravening the Civil Aviation Act and for trespassing; alcohol wrapped in blankets and being thrown

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over a fence was handed to the SAPS for further investigation; damaged fencing was identified in an area where alcohol wrapped in blankets was found during perimeter inspections. Workers for two contractors were found removing items from an airside rubbish dump, arrested and handed to the SAPS as a security officer employed by an international airline was found with 47 bottles of liquor miniatures on his person when stopped and searched. He was arrested and has appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrates Court. Betty Maloka, senior manager: corporate affairs at the airport, says management is determined to maintain safety and security. “This is Africa’s largest airport and South Africa’s premier point of entry.” she says. “We are particularly grateful for the additional members provided by the SAPS at this busy time when resources are stretched. “Our partners among the airlines, ground handling companies, law enforcement agencies and other stakeholders are also collaborating extensively with airport management to ensure a successful holiday season.” Staff responsible for key airport operating systems such as cargo handling have completed maintenance operations and replaced parts where necessary. As a licensing requirement of the SA Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) all agencies and contractors involved in security recently conducted an emergency drill to ensure continuing preparedness for emergencies.


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Good borders make good neighbours H YOU STAY YOUR SIDE OF THE BORDER AND WE’LL ALL BE HAPPY

imanshu Garg, industry principal with the Aerospace & Defense Practice for business consultant Frost & Sullivan’s MEASA region, (right) considers “a

border is something where the territorial boundary of a sovereign country ends and what begins is a bigger responsibility of protecting its boundary from any external threat, which can be defined in

a broad term as border security. Different countries have different types of borders, including land borders, coastal borders and aerial borders (or airspace). Securing these different types of borders at all

times make border security a challenging task.” He says the dynamics of border security change with every country, as every country has different types of terrains, a different type of threat per-

ception and different types of borders. The terrain can be anything from plains, marsh, mountains, deserts, creeks, riverine, dense forests, deltas, etc. The more types of terrains a country has on its borders, the bigger the problem would be to secure its borders. Closer to industry players has to be the realisation that airports, airfreight terminals and facilities have to be considered part of a border, open to all its vulnerabilities and risks.

Threat perception

Because of perception can from arms and gling to illegal

this threat be anything drugs smugimmigrants,

A border is where the territorial boundary of a sovereign country ends.

What begins is a bigger responsibility of protecting its boundary from threat. to cross-border terrorism, to illegal occupation of its boundaries by neighbours. “We are living in an era where technology is driving everything and is changing so fast that it has nullified all the traditional wisdom of securing borders,” he says. Today, hybrid warfare is possible, wherein cyberattacks, satellite attacks, and drone attacks are the reality and terrorist organisations are using them globally. There has been an attack on the Saudi Aramco facility, wherein using drone-based loitering ammunition hampered the overall global supply chain. By adopting sophisticated measures and technologies, nations can transform their existing analog borders into

digital borders. This will mean that every suspicious activity gets detected, recorded and presents a holistic picture of the overall security scenario to concerned officials for better decision-making. Based on the Frost & Sullivan analysis of the global border protection market, the industry is expected to grow to $168 billion by 2025, expanding at a CAGR of 7%. Below are some of the key technology investment opportunities for security companies: Autonomous UAS (UAV and UGV) – To automatically respond to any threat. Counter UAS Systems – To detect and neutralise unmanned aerial threats. Remote Weapon Station – To guard the borders, without endangering lives. Software-defined Radios – For robust, future-proof, unhackable communication. Predictive Analytics – A strong, centralized and automated Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) platform that can detect probable cyberattacks and suggest ways to mitigate them. Integrated C4ISR System – To build a range of systems that can take information from various subsystems and show a holistic view of the overall security system. Every problem brings an opportunity to solve it. These problems of securing different types of borders in aviation as much as on the ground, in different countries, for different terrains, mean that planners and security professionals, must address different threats that present a much bigger risk for security companies.

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