National Safe Skies Alliance: Keeping Travelers Safe

The Safe Skies’ Teams are working on multiple projects including effects of checked bags fees on passengers and evaluating facial recognition devices. Click below to read the entire update.


security_ckpt-smCheckpoint: Safe Skies’ Checkpoint Team is working on several projects in support of various TSA initiatives. The Exit Lane Breach Control program (reported in July/August ’09 Carpe Diem) is moving ahead. Safe Skies completed the baseline assessments in time for the system to be selected in early September. The operational test and evaluation phase of the project is anticipated to begin early 2011.

Two different studies of carry-on bags are underway. The study that focuses on the effects of checked bag fees on passenger carry-ons, reported in the December ’09 edition of Carpe, is continuing. A second one that focuses on the effects of carry-on fees on passengers’ carry-on items has just been initiated, and is scheduled to begin in early October.

Access Controls, Biometrics: The Access Controls & Biometrics team is preparing for their Facial Recognition Watchlist Comparison project. This will evaluate a device that may be used at an airport checkpoint to passively scan passengers’ faces and compare them to images in the government’s watchlist database. At our headquarters, the Perimeter Test Facility has several devices under assessment. Video analytics, both short and long-range, are the current focus, with one being evaluated and two more to be finalized for testing commencement within the next few weeks. Testing on a microwave intrusion detection system is also being conducted.

Perimeter: In the field, the Airport Perimeter Security (APS) Program is also keeping the team busy, with numerous sites at various stages of evaluation. Washington Reagan and Dulles, Detroit, Bert Mooney in Montana, and Buffalo airports are all involved in the APS Program, enhancing their perimeters with technologies ranging from fence-mounted devices to buried cable detectors and video analytic systems. Most of these projects are expected to continue to the end of the year.

Source: National Safe Skies Newsletter
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