What you need to know about aviation security measures

The aviation industry takes airport safety and security very seriously. But this mindset can lead to excessive wait times and significant frustration for travellers. Fortunately, there are many changes in the works, as technology advances aim to make the airport experience smoother and faster.

Technology has always been a key part of the security implementation for airports. Innovation in passenger security and baggage screening technologies, such as the millimetre-wave body scanner, checkpoint CT scanner, automatic screening lane, centralized image processing and artificial intelligence have been proven in the practical use of aviation security.

Airport Security Solutions

The increased attack surface affects all components of the aviation sector: airports, airlines, Air Traffic Control (ATC) centers, supply vendors, and even passengers.

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 aviation industry, as with all other industries, will benefit from those advancements to support its development, including the integration of new airspace users, the development of advanced aircraft systems and applications, automation and integration in data applications and decision-making systems in airports and airlines, and the interconnection between previously isolated systems through data-sharing across the aviation value chain.

Aviation is still a high-value target. Whether between nation-states or also involving non-state actors, modern conflicts have the tendency to spill over into civilian domains. As civilian aviation is so critical to the smooth functioning of economies – and as aviation-related incidents have such an impact on the media, especially with new technologies enabling the rapid spread of information and misinformation – it is likely to remain an enticing target for attackers who want to cause maximum disruption.

That is the reason why we need to rethink border security for the digital era. Although attacks can increasingly be mounted remotely, the aviation industry safety sector is still improved by better knowledge about passengers – and the current approach to cross-border movement is decidedly 20th century.

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

Eyefox – AI solution for improving airport security

For example, EyeFox is a revolutionary AI-based system that delivers automated, immediate threat detection at high-accuracy levels for X-ray security screening operators.
Long and slow-moving queues to security screening frustrate airline passengers. Separating electronics and liquids prior to screening helps the image interpretation task, but increases the time passengers spend at the checkpoint. In addition, up to 30% of the bags are flagged for manual inspection, prolonging the process further. Allowing passengers to keep electronics and liquids inside their bags and reducing the number of items erroneously flagged for manual search, would dramatically increase throughput.

Neural Guard – aviation security supplier

Technology is one part of the solution for improving aviation security industry, but it is not the only one. We need to fundamentally change our thinking and consider how we protect the aviation security industry and ensure that the measures and solutions we are putting in place are protecting us from the most likely and plausible threats. Measures at airports are an important layer, but they will do little to protect us if future threats come from the sky for example.

Neural Guard represents a dynamic technology company which constantly developing Artificial Intelligence-based auto-detection solutions for the security screening market.

Our team combines industry leaders from the security, technology, and regulatory fields offering their expertise to ensure safer environments, lower operational costs and better customer experience for companies, and a better customer experience for people.

Neural Guard has a global reach in over 80 countries promising a vast amount of diverse data and “on the ground” security screening knowledge.

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