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IMS EMEA Newsletter Issue 4 - January 2011

 

Security challenges, security solutions

 

Vol4-1The use of mobile phones as timers in the recent cargo bomb plot has led to suggestions that the emerging passenger connectivity services represent a dangerous vulnerability and might have to be withdrawn. While nobody can doubt the continuing seriousness of the threat, that would be a very bad mistake.

For one thing, it would grant a victory to the terrorists by putting a stop to legitimate service offerings that are welcomed and valued by growing numbers of air travellers. For another, there is every reason to hope that, as in the past, effective countermeasures can be created and implemented. With its broad portfolio of security and communications solutions, ARINC could have a part to play in developing a defence against this new attack on air transport.

The company's security credentials include a wide range of airport-related systems and services, several years' experience in the tracking of sensitive cargo, and a key role in the protection of critical infrastructure in the United States. Its communications expertise encompasses interoperability for emergency services, VHF and HF air-to-ground datalink, satcoms and onboard cellular.

In the airport ARINC is a leading provider of e-borders systems, with a particular focus on the supply of advance passenger information (API) to customs and immigration authorities. Recent additions to the portfolio include a new application, now in service in Singapore, to prevent the misuse of 2D barcode boarding passes, and biometrically based CrewPass security fast-tracking for US pilots and cabin staff.

ARINC has 20 years' experience managing the physical security of US critical infrastructure, including the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve, over half of its nuclear power stations, Long Beach Airport in California, and the railway network. Now it is offering the new AIM Enterprise Security Platform for the centralised management of functions such as perimeter security, access control, command and control and CCTV surveillance at events such as the 2012 Olympics in London and for major infrastructure projects - airports and ports, rail systems, petrochemical and utilities – in Europe and the Middle East.

This broad understanding of the security environment is matched by an exceptionally high level of radio-frequency engineering expertise, as evidenced by the onboard cellphone system developed with service provider AeroMobile and now operational aboard dozens of long-haul airliners. With its ability to exercise detailed control over mobile phones in aircraft, this is the kind of technology that ARINC could bring to the latest anti-terror fight.

The latest bomb plot was aimed at air cargo. But the struggle with malign players of all persuasions is a fact of life in many domains and around the world. ARINC already offers a uniquely broad range of solutions and will continue to respond with new ones as the threats evolve.

 

 

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