Thursday, 30 October 2014
Airports & Aviation

Aviation and Airport Security

Airports and Aviation SecurityThe huge growth in air travel has made every Airport a potential terror target and it is now a key area where intense security is an absolute requirement.

The Aviation industry is therefore no longer considered a safe, non-political global transportation system moving goods and people safely from one place to another but rather a potential liability that exposes all nations to the threat of terrorist attack.

Terrorism of course is not the only threat facing Airports and the international aspect of flight means that air travel is often used for criminal activity such as drug and contraband trafficking.

Airports and the Aviation industry require specialised security solutions and in an age of elevated threat the identification of suspicious activity amongst passengers and staff in and surrounding Airports is imperative.

Westminster's wide portfolio of Fire, Safety, Security and Defence solutions and expertise in the provision of Airport security is helping to protect Airports and the travelling public throughout the world. Westminster provides integrated security solutions to minimise these risks by implementing Access Control to secure areas and Entry Control to protect and control vehicle and pedestrian access to airside and other secure areas.

Advanced CCTV surveillance systems to monitor both inside the terminal and the outer perimeters are essential and advanced analytics equipment can be deployed to automatically detect unattended baggage and suspicious behaviour. CCTV surveillance of Airports is a specialist activity particularly where large numbers of cameras are involved and Westminster has the expertise and experience to design and implement such systems including the provision of Control & Command rooms - a critical aspect for the efficient operation of Airport surveillance.

Detection of debris and the repair of damage to runways are essential for the safe take-off and landing of aircraft; Westminster offers solutions to allow effective maintenance and automatic detection of potential debris threats.

To ensure the safety of passengers, staff and cabin crew, an extensive range of Security Screening products is available for the detection of Metal, Weapons, Narcotics and Explosives. Westminster's integrated Control and Command Systems allow personnel to monitor and control every aspect of security within the Airport environment.

The protection of airside and restriction of unauthorised access, particularly to aircraft, is a key element in the provision of Airport security - this includes the security of the Perimeter as well as airside generally. As Airport Perimeters are normally several kilometres in length this can often be a challenge. Westminster has a range of specialist solutions for protecting long range Perimeters including Fencing and Specialist Detection systems, Long Range Surveillance and Ground Based Radar for the detection and tracking of any intruders. Whilst Westminster's specialist high power Solar Lighting systems are an effective way of flood-lighting the boundaries and key areas without the need or cost of running additional power cabling.

In many countries corruption and collusion can compromise security and to counter this Westminster can provide specialist and highly trained teams to run or monitor the Control Room activities and if required operate the Scanning and Screening systems for passengers and baggage - ensuring efficient and reliable screening and 'pat downs' are carried out.

Westminster can also provide Secure Escort Services, Transport and Personnel, for aircrews travelling between the Airports and Hotels. Westminster's close protection teams are highly trained ex-British Forces personnel and provide professional, discrete but effective protection.

Westminster can also provide a secure 'meet and greet' service for businessmen visiting foreign countries - the service will provide for the safe reception of the guest at the Airport and the transportation to Hotels etc. together with local information and support if required.

Other services offered by Westminster include Fire Detection and Suppression Systems, Public Address Systems, Evacuation Systems, Secure Communications and Radios, Passenger Information Display Systems (PIDS), Fire Trucks and Emergency Vehicles, etc.

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