Rockwell Collins Airport Systems Glossary of Terms


Airport Security


The term ‘airport security’ encompasses a wide range of measures, including physical security systems, infrastructure protection and the screening of passenger information and data. There has never been a greater need for efficient, reliable global airport security measures.

The requirements for airport security are set by government departments and agencies around the world, to ensure that domestic and international borders, travellers, personnel and aircraft remain secure at all times. It is the responsibility of airport operators and aviation businesses to ensure mandatory requirements are met, or face significant fines.

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Passenger data transfer

In addition to physical airport security, the collection, storage and transmission of passenger data is also mandatory in an increasing number of countries, particularly since the tragic events of 9/11.

Known commonly as Advance Passenger Information, passenger data is collected to enable government bodies and border agencies to screen data in advance of travel. The system is strictly regulated, and storage and transmission of data is conducted within a secure environment. The information typically collected consists of basic, yet specific passenger details:

  • Passenger name
  • Nationality and country of residence
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Passport number and country of issue
  • Originating country and destination

Occasionally, additional information may be required or collected, such as the ticket payment method used and certain itinerary details.

Failure to provide the required information can result in large fines (up to $5,000 in the U.S.) and can lead to a boarding refusal of the affected passengers.


Physical security in airports

Today’s need for increased physical airport security poses a tough challenge for airport operators and security managers. Not only do systems need to be fully integrated, but they must provide a secure platform from which to operate, and remain highly efficient to enable bottom-line budgeting.

Physical airport security systems include, but are not limited to:

  • CCTV
  • Information management
  • Vehicle identification
  • Biometrics
  • Access control
  • Intrusion detection

The provision of a reliable infrastructure is critical to maintain situational awareness within the entire airport environment.


How Rockwell Collins can help

With the additional challenges and pressures facing airport operators, due to increasing airport security mandates, airports need solutions that meet the requirements of the regulators, yet still deliver optimum efficiency and reliability to minimise overcrowding and to keep passengers moving, particularly at peak flow times.

Rockwell Collins Airport Security Solutions offer an optimised security architecture to successfully meet the challenges that airport operational management face on a daily basis.

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC Electronic Borders delivers a solution in a common-language application that requires no system development or modification. ARINC Electronic Borders assists with the swift, reliable delivery of passenger screening information in a secure environment.

Automated Border Control (ABC) from Rockwell Collins’ ARINC is an advanced security clearance system, providing airports with the means to use the latest in facial recognition technology to expedite travellers and maintain operational flow.

Find out more about ARINC Automated Border Control.

ARINC VeriPax allows airport operators to move passengers as efficiently as possible. Using new technology, VeriPax works with existing manual processes, reading boarding passes with 2D barcode scanners and screens the information against airline DCS to enable early alerting if necessary, strengthening security, while providing a simplified process to increase efficiency.

With more than eight decades of aviation industry experience, Rockwell Collins understand the need to meet the growing challenges of the modern airport. With solutions to secure the entire airport environment, effectively screen passengers and maintain infrastructure security, while ensuring operators meet critical budgetary requirements, Rockwell Collins remain the clear choice.

Contact us today to find out more.


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