The latest technologies strive to increase airport security and passenger experience
Airport security constantly requires innovation due to the ever-evolving threats to our safety. Airport security management requires a multi-faceted approach with concerns for passenger safety, staff safety and the security of linked equipment. Airport IT systems are increasingly connected to each other and networked to link into a central dashboard.
What is CT?
One of the most recent developments for the next generation of airport security screening is computed tomography (CT) scanning – a similar technology used in the medical field.
CT is the latest checkpoint X-ray scanning equipment to enhance threat detection capabilities for carry-on baggage. Threat detection relies heavily on human operators interpreting information from screening devices – often based on a two dimensional X-ray image. Computed tomography (CT) scanning technology takes multiple x-ray images from several angles and combines them to provide the operator with a 360-degree field of view enabling the operator to see the entire contents of bags in great detail without the need to hand search. CT is the most powerful technology available today for airport checkpoints.
However, CT scanners also contribute to the enhanced health and safety measures implemented at airports by minimising touchpoints. By having automatic detection capabilities and low false alarm rates, interaction between passengers and operators is reduced. Physical distancing amongst travellers can be more easily implemented with quicker screening. With liquids and laptops being allowed to remain in bags during screening, the number of trays handled by staff and passengers is drastically reduced.
Sophisticated threats use smaller amounts of explosives and fewer detonators: the fewer the detonators, the higher chance of cleverly disguised items clearing security checks. Heavy bomb components can also be concealed under objects of similar shapes in the hope that the operator inspecting the scanned image won’t detect the threat.
How airports are using AI to improve aviation security
Technologies and procedures that can improve aviation security while reducing inconvenience to travellers are fundamental to secure the entire air transport system. Artificial intelligence will take the lead in enhancing aviation security beyond the limitations posed by human decision-makers.
For example, artificial intelligence (AI) in aviation security training is increasing 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 pave the way for a more automated, alarm-resolution-only passenger screening.
The essential 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 quickly and efficiently.
- Cabin crew devices
Neural Guard – Our vision
Neural Guard is a dynamic technology company continually developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market. We want to cultivate an active security operation where technology can be effectively deployed to maximise the baggage screening precision, efficiency and throughput.
Obtaining the data to achieve this requires perpetual investment in x-ray equipment, genuine threat items and luggage types to keep up to date with current threats. Neural Guard currently uses some two million images with its ever-expanding database.
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