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Busy Airport Evolves in Security Measures

Growing numbers of passengers and security concerns lead to the collaboration between China’s Changsha Huanghua International Airport and CEM Systems.

Growing numbers of passengers and security concerns lead to the collaboration between China's Changsha Huanghua International Airport and CEM Systems.

The Changsha Huanghua International Airport in China underwent a security makeover, complete with a fully integrated IP-based security solution for access control, biometrics and surveillance monitoring. The airport chose the AC2000 system provided by CEM Systems (a Tyco International company), and Tyco Fire & Security China was the system integrator.

The airport handled approximately 11 million passengers in 2009 and is one of the 20 busiest airports in China. As the numbers continue to spike, security and safety become a higher priority. As part of a US$270- million expansion plan, the airport recently enhanced its facilities and required a high-security solution to secure passengers and assist airport operations.

This is where CEM Systems, part of Tyco Security Products, stepped in. “The AC2000 system has been used to secure airports around the world for more than 20 years,” said Andrew Fulton, Business Development Director. “CEM understands the dynamics of airports and has a range of hardware devices that are ideal for airport security.”

The AC2000 system using CEM's IP readers/controllers takes advantage of the existing Ethernet infrastructure and provides the airport with a fully integrated operational solution. CEM readers feature aviation door modes, such as “Passenger Mode” for segregating arriving and departing passengers and modes for enabling air bridges and check-in desks.

“We recommended the AC2000 security system to the airport authority as it features the latest IP technology,” said Amy Lee, Security Account Manager for China, Tyco Fire & Security. “In order to get the highest security, CEM S610f IP fingerprint readers with an internal database and a graphical LCD were installed at critical areas throughout the airport.”

Featuring a controller, IP card reader and biometric solution in one device, the S610f fingerprint reader controls access to restricted areas where an additional biometric layer of security is required. Fingerprint templates are captured on the access control enrollment station simultaneously with cardholders' details and images, providing the airport with a single biometric and access control software interface.

With an internal database for storing server data and transactions, the S610f reader provides offline biometric and card verification at all times. The S610f reader also features a graphical LCD so that informative access control messages, such as “Card Expiring,” “Bad Biometric” and “Access Denied,” can be displayed. Cardholders can then approach system administrators in the ID unit with the reason for denied entry, thus saving time in trying to diagnose the problem.

The airport also uses the visual imaging and pass production system (VIPPS) to capture and enroll personnel details, images, signatures and fingerprint templates. The VIPPS allows ID unit administrators to print permanent or temporary IDs that can be colorcoded — for example, different badge designs for contractors, visitors, cabin crew and ground staff — to assist visual verification of a person's access rights.

The alarm event display module is also used to interface AC2000 to the airport's third-party surveillance system. This utilizes one user-friendly platform from which security staff can centrally view information on all video and access control alarms and events that occur in the airport.

With the airport's facilities expected to grow further in 2010, the AC2000 system can be easily expanded and developed as the airport's security requirements continue to evolve.

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