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December 2017/January 2018 airportbusiness 41 SECURITY MATTERS AD INDEX CENTRALIZE YOUR SYSTEM Airport environments are expansive. Although security technology can automate and improve certain functions, it can become complicated. In order to have a 360-degree view of oper- ations, airports should be operating through a centralized platform that creates a common operating picture across security systems, building management systems and IT system. It can be hard to determine which alerts are false alarms. Overwhelming amounts of data can obscure important trends or flagged risks. This is a weakness in a security program that a Converged Security and Information Management (CSIM) platform addresses. CSIM software geospatially aligns infor- mation and assets into a single user interface. CSIM collects, analyzes, verifies, resolves and tracks information. Its rules engine and workflow tools give management the ability to pre-determine what data should be correlated and what should be filtered out. CSIM software uses filtering rules based on time, location, duration, frequency and type. This controls the data being received, pulling out and high- lighting exactly what operators need to know. TAILOR YOUR PLAN Having a solid approach to risk management means preparing for a variety of scenarios including insider threat, a health crisis, hur- ricane, earthquake, act of terror, cyber-attack and intellectual property theft. It is imperative organizations recognize a crisis quickly so the appropriate corrective actions can be implemented immediately. CSIM software makes this possible. Some facilities have more than 1,000 doors and cameras to monitor. Managing all of these can require manual configuration with set pro - tocols for each sub-system. With CSIM, a single rule configures and applies the required action to end-devices. Operators can control multiple systems, prevent access to unauthorized areas and achieve real-time visibility to operational malfunctions or malicious threats. DECREASE RESPONSE TIMES A converged security platform gives the ability to manage situations in real-time. CSIM lever- ages a mobile application. First responders, supervisors, IT staff and senior executives can access CSIM via mobile device. CSIM displays responses to situations based on real-time data to facilitate responses and ensure standard operating procedures are followed and that everything is documented. Responders can visualize where incidents are happening and drill down into layers of infor- mation, including building plans and video. GO BEYOND SECURITY Airports can use CSIM to enhance other areas of operations, public safety and increase cost savings. Airports can achieve operator train- ing efficiency because employees are trained on one system, which integrates numerous sub-systems. This means employees become proficient on the platform faster and their con- sistency and accuracy is enhanced. This helps organizations leverage additional life out of existing or legacy security equipment. A com- mon example is integrating both analog and IP video systems into the new platform. Often, what begins as a security platform evolves into being utilized by other areas within the airport. CSIM allows airports to gather needs based on data gathered from video footage and sensvors, wait times in security lines based on time of day, increasing efficiency at the gates through loading and unloading times and more. Not only does this provide added safety features in new construction, but it can also lead to a greater understanding of what needs to be improved from an efficiency standpoint. This in turn increases employee and customer satisfaction. As IoT capabil- ities expand, data will be collected around patterns, preferences and even energy usage within the airport. 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