How airports are using AI to improve security

Given that social distancing is the new normal and COVID-19 is changing the interactions between people, the appropriate technologies might be in place to help airports to improve security effectiveness, enhance operational efficiencies and boost passenger confidence for air travel.

The aviation industry worldwide already embraces new levels of digitization and connectivity. But with this rapid advancement in connectivity comes a new and concerning threat. Hacktivism, cybercrime, even state-sponsored attacks have all become a real risk for airlines. It is obvious that cybersecurity is at the top of the minds of many aviation professionals right now.

The aviation industry is using a computer-based interconnected system spanning across air navigation systems, onboard aircraft control and communication systems, airport ground systems, flight information systems, security screening and many other technologies that are used on a daily basis and for all aviation-related operations.

The screening of baggage using X-ray scanners is now routine in aviation security with automatic threat detection approaches, based on 3D X-ray computed tomography (CT) images, known as Automatic Threat Recognition (ATR) within the aviation security industry. These current strategies use pre-defined threat material signatures in contrast to adaptability towards new and emerging threat signatures.

The rise of artificial intelligence in smart scanning

AI is visible across the entire aviation spectrum to speed up process of airport security,
The use of artificial intelligence (AI) in aviation security training is rising due to the exponential growth in computing power. AI has the potential to significantly raise the performance of airport screening equipment – enabling new image classification and object recognition functions at the checkpoint, which could pave the way for a more automated, alarm-resolution-only passenger screening.

The future will be one which is increasingly digital, hi tech and connected. Everywhere you look, airports are turning to connected technologies such as the internet, cloud computing and many others.

By determining the presence and position of a threat, the industry leading resolution allows optimal performance for the detection of materials in configurations typically difficult to detect.

The key elements vulnerable to attacks considering the whole system are:

  • Access, Departure and Passport Control Systems
  • Cargo handling and shipping
  • Reservation Systems
  • Fuel gauges
  • Hazardous Materials Transportation Management
  • In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) and Connectivity Systems
  • e-Enabled ground and onboard systems
  • Electronic Flight Bags (EFB)- an electronic information management device that helps flight crews perform flight management tasks easily and efficiently.
  • Cabin crew devices

Neural Guard – Our vision

Neural Guard is a dynamic technology company constantly developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market. Therefore, Neural Guard produces automated threat detection solutions powered by AI for the security screening market.
We want to cultivate a dynamic security operation where technology can be effectively deployed to maximize efficiency, accuracy, and throughout the baggage screening process.
Neural Guard has a global reach in over 80 countries promising a vast amount of diverse data and “on the ground” security screening knowledge. We are able to provide complete and comprehensive solutions to our client’s needs combining the group’s diverse product line.

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