Flexibility and Openness Pave Ways for Future-Proofing Airports

Flexibility and Openness Pave Ways for Future-Proofing Airports

To secure important physical assets and the safety of travelers in airports, maintaining smooth operations is crucial. Keeping in mind flexibility for system upgrades and integration with third-party systems when designing an airport's backbone makes a futuristic airport installation.

Indira Gandhi International Airport Chooses CEM to Secure New Terminal 3
CEM Systems (a Tyco International company) won the contract to provide access control for the new Terminal 3 in Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. The contract was offered by ADT Security, India, who will install a fully integrated access control and IP video solution.

Located just outside Delhi, the airport receives around 20 million passengers per year. Spanning 500,000 square meters and featuring more than 160 check-on counters, the newly integrated terminal at the international airport is expected to be completed by March 2010. It will be fully operational before the Commonwealth Games 2010, which will be hosted in New Delhi. The new terminal is part of a phase of planned development work which should increase the airport's capacity to around 60 million passengers per annum.

A fully customizable access control solution – CEM's AC2000 AE (airport edition) system – will be installed at the airport. The system was developed with the needs of an airport in mind. Airport specific applications include door modes such as passenger, trolley and airbridge mode. The Delhi installation also takes advantage of CEM's S610e readers.

The Delhi installation will utilize two variations of CEM's S610 IP card readers. The reader offers an on-board 10/100Mbps Ethernet connection and four analog inputs as well as a keypad and LCD display. For the more security critical areas, the airport has chosen the S610f fingerprint solution.

The seamless integration will enable the airport to handle operational complexity and security-related challenges in a large-scale environment. Hence, the integrated system can fully support the operational applications such as passenger movement, vehicle management, airbridge monitoring system and check-in desk that are critical to the airport's ground operations.

Honeywell Secures Dubai International Airport
Dubai International Airport enjoys rapid expansion. It is the first airport to be built in the United Arab Emirates and has witnessed phenomenal developments. It has two terminals and accommodates 100 airlines that connect to more than 140 destinations. In order to meet increasing demand, a second stage expansion from 2002 to 2006 includes the development of a third terminal for the exclusive use of Emirates Airlines, a mega cargo terminal, flower center and apron area.

An intelligent and sophisticated security solution that would keep staff, visitors and property safe and secure was required. The solution must also integrate with existing third-party systems without disruption to business as usual.

"Airports are mini-cities – a hub of activity bringing together passengers, baggage, aircraft, cargo and the public in a dynamic and fast-moving environment. This poses unique issues for ensuring the safety of all those who enter the facility," explained Omar Jassim Bin Adai, Senior General Manager, Engineering Services Directorate at Dubai Civil Aviation. "We wanted a security solution that had proved itself in a challenging scenario and one that could easily integrate with the other systems."

Honeywell Middle East installed an intelligent security solution made up of access control (biometric and proximity card readers), alarm monitoring, and video surveillance. The different functions are linked together via a common platform – Honeywell enterprise buildings integrator (EBI). This also provides a third-party interface to the airport pass management and fire alarm systems.

The EBI database currently manages some 50,000 active cardholders, 20 different access levels and some 7,500 status/control points. 400 doors are monitored and controlled across the terminal buildings. 810 surveillance cameras are working 24/7 and, with the majority integrated to Honeywell digital video manager, prompt alarm-based event recording. The EBI also interfaces with Oracle's time and attendance software for payroll applications.

A fully redundant EBI security management system on distributed server architecture is provided. 24 EBI stations communicate with the center over the LAN. The EBI also integrates with the existing fire alarm system. Alarms have been mapped over to the EBI to facilitate real-time viewing of all the emergency exits under normal circumstances and in the event of an emergency.

Open architecture allows the Honeywell EBI to work in tandem with third-party technologies. Using a CHOM (cardholder object management) interface, it integrates with the airport pass management system (APMS). Card/access details can be sent to the police for verification.

The police would run a check against their criminal records and relay the information to designated airport personnel who, in turn, print identity cards from the photo ID system for those people given security clearance.

The local Honeywell team in Dubai was actively involved in this project from the outset – right from initial design, to project management, installation, commissioning and final training of DCA operators.

Key Benefits
Dubai International Airport is safe and secure. Its visitors, staff and assets are protected around-the-clock. With such solution, security personnel can monitor, view and control the entire airport security net from one common platform. False alarms are slashed.

Nothing happens without the operators' knowledge. All alarms and events are monitored, acknowledged and acted upon regardless of where they occur. The risk of false alarms – and with this the need for expensive evacuation – has been slashed.

Live video links to all alarms give a clear visual indication of the area under threat and enable the appropriate security action. And, with the digital video recording system providing video backup from all cameras for 30 days, the customer can retrieve any clips from any camera based on time, date and location. The integrated photo ID system provides a further safety net ensuring that only authorized personnel can issue cards from the APMS. Everyone working at the airport is security cleared.

Finally, the installation of open systems protects the customer investment long term and ensures that airport running costs are reduced over time.

The continuous operation of airport is also critical to airport security and safety. To this, an integrated solution that fully integrates all the systems used in the business process of running an airport is required. Kuala Lumpur International Airport have all the airport's electrical, mechanical and information systems connected as part of the Honeywell total airport management system (TAMS).

Security, baggage handling, lifts, escalators, lighting, environmental comfort and safety are all integrated together. The co-generation plant, emergency generator, lifts, travelator and escalators, ventilation, air conditioning and fire systems, the paging system, passenger terminal transit system are also fully integrated with TAMS.

The solution also ensures an energy efficient indoor environment. For example, based on flight information received from the TAMS, the solution automatically sets a gate lounge to one of three different modes: passenger mode, staff mode and unoccupied mode.

Passenger mode sets lighting and air conditioning at the optimum temperature and lighting levels for passenger arrival. Staff mode registers staff, such as cleaners, through the security/photo ID system, and sets appropriate lighting and temperature levels. Lastly, the unoccupied mode switches off the air conditioning and lighting when the gate lounge is not in use.

These technologies not only ensure security and safety for the airport travelers, but they also provide a relaxed, efficient and welcoming environment.

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