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The industry association believes screening
technolog y is also important, as it can complement
e ective intelligence and supply chain solutions. But
the implementation of such technology is slow.
"We need governments to test and certify
technolog y that can screen pallets and oversize
items. ere is some promising technolog y, but it is
taking far too long to move from the laboratory to the
airport," said Dunlap.
e association has also called for the accelerated
use of electronic data to help identify suspicious
cargo. IATA has created a global message standard
for cargo data transmission that can be used by states
to evaluate cargo passing through their borders. It is
also implementing its e-freight programme, which
replaces paper shipping forms.
Meanwhile, the European branch of the Airports
Council International (ACI) is working with
the Association of European Airlines on a Better
Security project. ACI believes a more e ective and
sustainable aviation security regime is required, which
includes detection, proven technology, deterrence,
unpredictability and a more-effective use of
intelligence. Rather than the current, reactive layered
approach, the industry needs a risk management
approach, according to ACI.
e group also advocates one-stop security, whereby a
passenger and baggage undergoes one security check,
even on a journey involving multiple airport transfers.
is would speed the ow of transit passengers, but
would require the mutual recognition of screening
procedures. Like IATA, ACI also supports a secure
supply chain approach to air cargo.
ACI will present its Better Security solutions to
the European Commission and ICAO this year. Like
IATA, ACI believes a cross-industry collaborative
approach is vital to improve security.
ICAO is bringing all such security initiatives
together in its 'Next Generation Security Process
and Checkpoint' project, which will explore new
concepts for security screening. A technical advisory
group is expected to be appointed shortly to run the
project, while cargo security is already being studied
by a separate working group within ICAO's AVSEC
In addition to initiatives by aviation bodies, there's
considerable activity from a technolog y perspective.
A range of new airport security technology was
recently demonstrated in the UK as part of the UK
Government's Innovative Science and Technology
in Counter Terrorism (INSTINCT) programme.
Last year, ales UK was appointed to lead the
aviation security Technology Demonstrator 2
(TD2) project under the INSTINCT programme.
e project was designed to identify and trial new
technologies, solutions and ideas from small, medium
or large-size businesses or academic institutions to
enhance aviation security, ales said.
" e threat to our security is real and is evolving,
and technolog y can play a key role in reducing that
threat. This project shows how the government
is working with industry to nd those innovative
and emerging technologies," UK Security Minister
Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones said at the launch of
TD2 was designed to discover, trial and showcase
emerging security technologies, solutions and ideas,
with the technolog y to be validated through trials.
Last July, ales launched the competition, seeking
applications from industry and academia on any
technolog y, solution or idea that could improve
aviation security at any stage in the air travel
process -- from the point of planning and booking
a trip through to boarding an aircra . Ideally the
technologies and solutions would improve or not
a ect passenger experience and airport revenue,
e project started with an awareness and outreach
programme, followed by a selection process to ensure
su cient applicability and maturity of proposed
technologies and solutions. ales received more
than 300 expressions of interest, leading to 180
submissions. Some 20 of these were then selected
by an independent panel of experts to be validated
through trials both in simulated environments and
at airports around the UK. For example, full-body
scanners have been trialled at Manchester Airport
while a walk-through explosive detection system was
trialled at Glasgow Airport.
Submissions of particular interest were presented to
government o cials, aviation and security experts in
March, three months later than originally scheduled
due to severe weather conditions in the UK in
e TD2 showcase involved the demonstration
of more than 40 technologies and ideas considered
to have the potential to significantly increase
aviation security, at the same time as improving
the passenger experience and airport revenues. e
showcase covered all stages of land-side and air-side
transition through an airport, including check-in,
security and departures. e showcase also included
a presentation and demonstration on how the
technologies operate and could be implemented at
existing airports throughout the world.
According to Thales, the showcase provided
a realistic demonstration of the technologies.
Participants were required to check in at a manned
desk or fast check-in terminal, just as you would at a
real airport, with the use of queuing and surveillance
technologies for behaviour monitoring. ey then
"The threat to our security is real and is evolving, and
technology can play a key role in reducing that threat."
-- UK Security Minister Pauline Neville-Jones
Australia recently tested new technology
designed to identify explosives in liquids.
AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE & TRANSPORT
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