Source: How to ramp up perimeter security at airports | Genetec

Every year, numerous perimeter security breach incidents are being reported in airports worldwide. With every breach, airport security directors are forced to re-examine how to better secure and manage their own airport boundaries.

Completely preventing these breaches is a huge challenge, especially for airports that have miles and miles of property to secure, like Denver International Airport for example, with 32 miles around its perimeter. It is possible, however, for operators to be more efficiently alerted to breaches by combining specialized perimeter detection and analytics tools with video surveillance systems that positively identify intrusions while also reducing false alarms.

What can be done

An open-architecture, unified security platform provides greater ‘correlative’ situational awareness. By implementing an open architecture security system, you can unify your existing video surveillance, access control and license plate recognition to better protect and manage the passenger terminal, tarmac and perimeter. There are constant innovations coming to market that improve intrusion and perimeter protection such as microwave sensors, fence detection sensors, buried cable detection sensors and even trip-wire analytics.

To complement perimeter detection, strategically placed high-resolution cameras that capture clear, long range imagery must be in place. With strategic configuration, the first line of perimeter detection at the fence will prompt alerts that trigger cameras to automatically pan-tilt-zoom into the target area for visual identification. Video surveillance is then sent directly to the security monitoring center, or even as a mobile alert to the security director’s smart phone, for immediate verification and response.

Managing these devices and alarms directly from an integrated mapping system also helps operators quickly pinpoint other nearby cameras to get a broader view of the situation and confirmed location. Combined, perimeter detection, long-range, high resolution cameras and location-mapping tools will increase response time and minimize the risk of breaches going undetected.

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