ABC World News with Diane Sawyer covered airport perimeter security issues and included the SightLogix thermal camera system in the story. You can see the SightLogix system at about three-quarters of the way through the clip, showing the video from a Thermal SightSensor operating at one of our nation’s largest airports.
An alarming fact indicated in the clip is that more than 1,300 perimeter security incursions have been reported at US airports since Sept 11 2001. As pointed out, this is like locking all the doors to your house but leaving the windows wide open.
Airport Perimeter Security – The Role of Intelligent Video
Importantly, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is addressing issues of perimeter security head on, first by protecting access points where passengers enter the airport’s security checkpoint, and now by focusing their efforts on the next level of vulnerability, which is the perimeter.
Through the TSA’s test bed in Tennessee, proven security counter measures are now available that can very effectively address airport perimeter security issues. A recent evaluation by the TSA’s Airport Perimeter Security test program confirmed the accuracy of the SightLogix SightSensor at Buffalo Airport. According to the TSA’s final report, the “evaluation team performed over 900 scenarios of which every alarm instance was accurately reported.” The public version of the TSA report is available here.
Achieving security awareness depends on knowing the precise location and nature of an intrusion, and early detection is paramount for mounting a timely response. When it comes to securing airport perimeters, seconds can mean the difference between life and death.
Of all the automated detection technologies (fence sensors, fiber optics, seismic sensors, radar, etc.) only video provides the intrinsic detail to display and record the “what and where” of an alert without need for additional verification systems, allowing for a fast, precise security response.
Intelligent video – when designed for the outdoors – can detect and evaluate the presence of unauthorized persons over large perimeters to provide early warning and actionable data as an event unfolds, and before damage can occur. This gives security teams time to respond with “eyes on until hands on” capability that is critically needed at our nation’s airports.