Airport Business

OCT 2018

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14 airportbusiness October 2018 SAFETY process. As noted above, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. What’s more, these approaches are cumbersome and often ineffective without additional capabilities. Each airport needs its own flexible solution that can be adjusted based on their specific needs, budget and risk factors. Remember, there is no perfect security solution. However, those that strategically balance security, access, usability and cost can ultimately provide the best long-term protection against an evolving adversary. 4. Harnessing the Power of Innovation – Today there are a variety of innovative technologies available that offer airport managers a number of benefits. For example, artificial intelligence (AI) which has the ability to analyze data quickly and identify patterns. This means guards can focus on interpreting results as opposed to watching screens. In a screening scenario, using a system that is powered by machine learning – an advanced form of AI – means the computer can be taught to identify an object as something specific based on characteristics. This means the system can quickly determine whether an object in someone’s pocket is a cell phone. As a result, the need for full hand wanding or physical full-body pat downs is eliminated as the technology itself alerts guards if someone is carrying an item of interest and tells them where to search. 5. Considering the Pace of Commerce to Remain Operational – With new procedures looming, both employees and their employers are concerned about the negative impact new security measures will have on their jobs and their ability to perform them well. Remember, if security processes make it impossible for employees to get to work on time, airplanes won’t get off the ground on time. To ease these concerns and keep operations running smoothly, look to install processes that won’t create long lines and bottlenecks. For example, any solutions that require employees to empty their pockets or take off their shoes and belts are likely not the best option. As discussed previously, systems that are equipped with AI technologies are powerful enough to offer features and benefits that eliminate time-consuming processes. When it comes to employee screening, airports are already showing a tremendous ability to stay ahead of the curve. Airports that are using technology that is aligned with their limited resources to incorporate additional layers of security have successfully been able to improve their employee screening process in a way that doesn’t harden their facility completely. While the use of identity verification continues to be vitally important, it is the combination of identity and physical security that will enable airports to successfully protect against insider threats. While the use of identity verification continues to be vitally important, it is the combination of identity and physical security that will enable airports to successfully protect against insider threats. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Chris McLaughlin, VP Global Solutions at Evolv Technology Chris McLaughlin joined Evolv Technology in the fall 2016 to lead work in the transportation sector. In this role, he leads engagement with airports, airlines, and rail organizations and assists in other sectors to develop concepts of operation and configurations that integrate into existing and emerging landscapes. Prior to joining Evolv, Chris worked for the Transportation Security Administration first as a Federal Security Director in Colorado and then as the Assistant Administrator for Security Operations where he led a team of 56,000 employees across more than 450 airports nationwide and managed a budget of $4 billion. As a national policy maker, he worked closely with national industry associations, other federal agencies, and Congress, and was instrumental in shaping and advancing TSA's current philosophy of risked based security. Chris also led field operations and security for the biometric security provider, CLEAR, as well running ground operations at major hubs and line stations for United Express and Frontier Airlines. Following in his father's footsteps, he started his career as a self-employed blacksmith, providing top end farrier services in the mountains of Colorado. They allow guards to focus on higher priority tasks such as quickly responding to likely threats to help screen against insider threats.

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