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Top 5 Risks Facing Airports: Expecting the Unexpected

Since 9/11, the transportation infrastructure has entered a heightened awareness of the threats they face every day. While terrorism stands out as the highest risk to airport security, it is just one of many challenges airports face. Video surveillance is a critical tool in helping airports support security officers, ensure passenger safety and contribute to effective operations. Let's look at five major challenges in the airport market and how this type of surveillance can help:

  1. Terrorism: As Sept. 11, 2001 demonstrated, terrorist methodologies and tactics have become increasingly sophisticated. Video surveillance and PSIM platforms help promote greater situation awareness and provide more “actionable intelligence” by accommodating vast amounts of data from a variety of systems and routing the information to the right people at the right time.
  1. Crime: IP surveillance technology with embedded video analytics can help reduce the opportunity for crime and allow for an immediate response. Video analytics can detect overcrowding, alert when passengers enter restricted areas and even detect unattended baggage. PSIM systems help gather this intelligence in a unified platform and deliver real-time information to the people who need it most: the security leaders, personnel and operators charged with maintaining the highest levels of security.
  1. Natural disasters: Storms can greatly impact an airport’s operations. Today’s video technology provides increased situation awareness during and after a natural disaster, enabling officials to direct their responses to affected areas immediately and guide people to the safest escape routes.
  1. Public disorder: Any facility that processes thousands of passengers every day runs the risk of altercations and violence. Video surveillance technology coupled with targeted analytics can help monitor high-risk areas and direct personnel to respond to specific areas before a situation escalates. It can also help mitigate overcrowding in queues and automatically formulate procedures to provide additional assistance.
  1. The unknown: All of the above factors make it critical that surveillance is up and running 24/7. Surveillance cameras and video management software unifies cameras' views, and helps to ensure effective operation and uptime, uninterrupted access to recorded video, and the continuity of live and recorded video. Whatever risks may emerge, video surveillance helps airports store and recall video to help ensure safety.

With IP surveillance and information management platforms, airports can better plan for the utmost levels of safety, security and preparedness. Presenting the abundance of data from a variety of systems in an easy-to-use format transforms data into actionable information that also boosts effective and efficient airport operation, helping on-site agencies, law enforcement and first responders to collaborate more effectively.

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