EXPO NEWS: Smart security and better border management at Passenger Terminal Conference

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“As global passenger traffic continues to increase, it is increasingly important that border agencies work closely with airlines, airports and technology suppliers to enhance the passenger experience without compromising security,” says Tony Smith, managing director of Fortinus Ltd and the former director general of the UK Border Force.

How to deliver enhanced security while improving customer service to ensure a more seamless, efficient passenger experience will be a key discussion throughout the Aviation Security, Border Control and Facilitation session taking place at Passenger Terminal Conference on March 10-12 in Paris, France.

In his paper entitled ‘Integrated border management: a vision for the future’ on Wednesday March 11, Smith says he will share the lessons learned from big events of the past; the latest international thinking on border strategies; and how the public sector and the private sector can work together to deliver integrated border management systems in the future. His presentation will also look at identity management at borders, registered traveler programs and automated border controls.

Erick Bourai, head of aviation security policy, Aéroports de Paris and vice-chair of the ACI Europe Aviation Security Committee, will continue the theme during his ‘Tackling the security challenges of the modern-day hub – thinking ahead!’ presentation that immediately follows. “In today’s airports, the basic design and rationale of the passenger screening checkpoint is by and large influenced by concepts going back to the 1960s and 1970s,” he says. “However, there has been a dramatic shift in passengers’ and airlines’ needs since then. Is it not time for us to rethink the process? If so, what should be its main components?”

Automation is increasingly seen as the answer – and the conference will cover a wide range of Automated Border Control (ABC) initiatives. For example, Markus Nuppeney, head of section for Germany’s Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) will deliver a speech entitled ‘Automated border control – state of play and latest developments’. “The main focus of my presentation will be on the EasyPASS ABC system and on ABC-related technical guidelines,” he says. “The talk will also discuss ABC installations and related activities on the European level.”

However, airports are warned to be wary of technology vendors ‘over delivering’ with regard to security solutions. In his presentation entitled ‘Swimming with sharks – cutting through security system marketing hype’, Hunter Fulghum, principal consultant at Arts & Engineering PLLC, will examine the base state of aviation technology and present ideas and information to help airports cut through the hype to get a better understanding of what is practical and what is appropriate. “The marketing of technology as the solution to security challenges in the aviation market has added to the challenges of selecting solutions that are both operationally effective and cost effective,” he states.

With expert voices from all sides – airports, airlines, security consultants and technology vendors – Passenger Terminal Conference offers fast-track access to the latest security and border control thinking. Register now to guarantee your place and click here to see the full program.

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Helen has worked for UKi Media & Events for nearly a decade. She joined the company as assistant editor on Passenger Terminal World and since progressed to become editor of five publications, covering everything from aviation, logistics and e-commerce to meteorology. She has a love for travel and property and has redeveloped three houses in three years. When she’s not editing magazines, she’s running around after her two boys and their partner in crime, Pete the pug.

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