Ramping Up Perimeter Security at Airports

May 29, 2014

Ramping Up Perimeter Security at AirportsWhen the story broke in the news a few weeks ago of a teenager in California that had jumped the perimeter fence at Mineta San Jose Airport and climbed into the wheel well of a Hawaii-bound flight, airport security directors all over the world immediately began re-examining how to better secure and manage their own airport boundaries. In San Jose, video surveillance captured the incident, but it went undetected. 

Completely preventing these breaches is a huge challenge, especially for airports that have miles and miles of property to secure, like Denver International Airport, with 32 miles around its perimeter. It is possible, however, for operators to be more efficiently alerted to breaches by combining specialized perimeter detection and analytics tools with video surveillance systems that positively identify intrusions while also reducing false alarms. 

Implementing an open architecture security system allows airports to unify their existing video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition to better protect and manage the passenger terminal, tarmac and perimeter.  There are constant innovations coming to market that improve intrusion and perimeter protection such as microwave sensors, fence detection sensors, buried cable detection sensors and even trip-wire analytics. 

To complement perimeter detection, surveillance operating in airport run waystrategically placed high-resolution cameras that capture clear, long range imagery must be in place. With strategic configuration, the first line of perimeter detection at the fence will prompt alerts that trigger cameras to automatically pan-tilt-zoom into the target area for visual identification. Video surveillance is then sent directly to the security monitoring center, or even as a mobile alert to the security director's smart phone, for immediate verification and response. 

Managing these devices and alarms directly from an integrated mapping system also helps operators quickly pinpoint other nearby cameras to get a broader view of the situation and confirmed location. Combined, perimeter detection, long-range, high resolution cameras and location-mapping tools will increase response time and minimize the risk of breaches going undetected. 

An open-architecture, unified security platform provides greater 'correlative' situational awareness. In my next blog, I will discuss and explain how other industry verticals like universities, military bases, correctional facilities, industrial factories, hospitals, municipal water treatment plants and city wide facilities can also realize the benefits of a unified security platform to extend their perimeter security.

Tags:   Airports / Transportation / Security / Video Surveillance

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