Digital Security OffersPitched To Airport RMs

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Following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in which fourcommercial jetliners were hijacked, EDS has introduced a suite ofdigital security offerings aimed at helping air transport riskmanagers reduce airline and airport security hazards.

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The announcements came at a press briefing during the ComdexFall 2001 national computer and technology conference andexposition held here earlier this month.

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The new security offerings involve both smart-card and biometrictechnologies, “complex” data management capabilities, andindustry-specific solutions, the Plano, Texas-based companynoted.

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On the passenger side, the air security offerings include“passenger risk scoring,” which alerts authorities to potentiallythreatening passengers seeking to purchase a ticket. Thiscapability, according to EDS, is currently in use by “several ofthe nations largest airlines.”

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EDS is also offering passenger authentication systems that usebiometric technology (digital scanning of handprints) to identifyknown or trusted people in airports, allowing authorities to focustheir resources on less-well-known or trusted individuals.

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In addition, an aircraft boarding control system ensures thatall passengers board the aircraft and allows unaccompanied baggageto be removed “in a timely manner,” the company said.

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In offerings designed for airlines and airports, EDS said it isproviding an employee access system that uses biometrics-enabledsmart cards to authenticate airport employees identities andregulate access at key points.

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An EDS airport perimeter security system uses radio frequencytechnology to monitor airport vehicles and determine access torestricted zones.

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“These systems are ready to go today,” said Jim Dullum,president of EDSs Global Transportation Industry Group. The keys,he said, include creation of a centralized database of passengersand the combined used of biometric techniques and smart cards.

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EDS also announced that it formed an aviation security taskforce following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11.

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The company said it is working with other firms to deliversecurity recommendations to the federal government, as well asairports and airlines across the U.S.

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“Many of the recommendations call for quickly introducing to theairline industry existing security technologies already in use inother high-volume, scalable environments,” he noted.

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EDS pointed to the success of its own automated inspectionsystem currently in use at Israels Ben Gurion InternationalAirport. The Express Entry system allows Israeli citizens toparticipate in an automated inspection, rather than waiting intraditional passport control lines, said EDS.

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Automated kiosks capture biographic information from apassengers credit card, then look for a biometric match by checkinghand geometry against a previously established database. Everytransaction is verified and approved via an interface with theNational Immigration System, the company explained.


Reproduced from National Underwriter Property &Casualty/Risk & Benefits Management Edition, November 26, 2001.Copyright 2001 by The National Underwriter Company in the serialpublication. All rights reserved.Copyright in this article as anindependent work may be held by the author.


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