Priority for innovation in aviation security
For the Airports Council International (ACI) and its members in all regions, innovation in aviation security is a priority. Threats against civil aviation requires proactive mitigation measures, supported by effective risk assessments. As threats and risk change quickly, both industry and government face challenges trying to implement effective security measures in a timely manner. There are areas where significant opportunities exist within the control of national authorities to address airport security challenges and encourage a climate of innovation.
First, by making national aviation security rules less prescriptive. Second, by conducting impact assessments and consulting with industry. Third, by including clauses in regulation that allow for new technology trials. And fourth, by reviewing the way technology is certified and approved for use, particularly through the development of an industry standard. The ACI will present its position on security and innovation at the 40th Triennial ICAO Assembly this month.
The ACI, along with its members and industry partners, is working on innovative solutions in the area of aviation security and facilitation. The ACI-IATA joint initiative called New Experience Travel Technologies (NEXTT) brings together concepts and ideas that will transform the passenger and cargo journey to best fit and cater for tomorrow’s demand. NEXTT will define how technology and advanced processes can deliver the needed service and capacity enhancements to the entire ground journey.
A project that falls under the NEXTT umbrella is ACI’s Smart Security programme. Smart Security identifies innovative solutions, shares best practices and drives change in passenger and baggage screening. Many of the automated solutions we see at checkpoints today such as automated tray return systems and parallel loading were solutions proposed by Smart Security.
Best practices for remote image processing were also developed by Smart Security, drawing on experience from early adopters around the world. Developing technologies such as Explosive Detection Systems for cabin baggage (EDS-CB), including 3D screening using Computed Tomography (CT), are also being studied to help further development and adoption.
The ACI has recently launched a revamp of the Smart Security programme, which will consider not only technology and processes available today, but will also look to the future with a new long-term vision. We will re-think the way that we view airport and aviation security and will look to encompass technologies that we see on the horizon.