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28 airportbusiness August/September 2018 TECHNOLOGY By Courtney Dillon Pederen Airports Leverage Open Platform IP Video for Improved Operations, Vendor Services, Business Growth Advances in video management software and systems integration are creating positive new uses for video data at airports - well beyond security. According to U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), national and foreign airlines serving the United States in 2016 carried an all-time high of 932 million domestic and international passengers - with a total of 9.7 million flights. This was a 3.8 percent increase over the previous record high of 897 million reached in 2015. That’s a lot of customers on the move. Many airports today — traditionally spaces where travelers were content to buy a book and stare at the departure boards — are starting to look a lot like shopping malls. In addition to the expected newsstands, simple cafes, and locally-made gift shops, they are now being joined by national retailers, food chains, and other services. PDX airport in Portland, Oregon, even features a small, independent movie theater and a collection of the city’s popular food carts; and of course, some great local brewery stands. The strategy makes sense. With the decline in shopping mall popularity and a rise in online buying, many businesses are desperate for busy new places to set up shop. And with air travel at an all-time high, many airports are working to upgrade their terminals, making them more comfortable, competitive and profitable for all involved. With all this growing activity, existing video systems are being tapped to assist in this effort. “As video becomes smarter, and as cameras come down in cost, many people are asking, ‘Can we add a camera here? Can we use a camera to perform a new function?’ Cameras aren’t just serving the purpose of security alone. The use of video at airports is becoming quite varied,” explained an airport video security technician. Advancements Elevate Beyond Security Public safety sits at the heart of airport operations. From the control tower to the tarmac, from the terminals to the taxi curb, airports are constantly adapting to meet potential threats identified by the security leadership and federal authorities. At the

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