Techbytes Dec/Jan13

Dec. 31, 2012

Access Control Technology

TransCore was selected by Amana-Walbridge Joint Venture to design, implement, and maintain through June 2017 a state-of-the-art, radio frequency identification (RFID)-based parking and car/bus terminal access control system for authorized staff of the New Doha International Airport Authority. TransCore is providing and installing the system that will be operational in mid second quarter 2013;

Baggage Scanner

Smiths Detection’s scanner for screening checked airport baggage has been tested under the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Common Evaluation Programme (CEP) and met the EU’s EDS (Explosives Detection Systems) Standard 3, required for all new EDS aviation applications from September 2014 onwards. The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT, developed in cooperation with Analogic Corporation, uses Smiths Detection’s expertise in multi-energy x-ray technology coupled with Analogic’s expertise in three-dimensional Computed Tomography (CT);

Biometric Secure Identification

CLEAR launches its expedited traveler service at Westchester County Airport (HPN). Certified by the Department of Homeland Security as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, CLEAR transforms the travel experience by allowing members to use their biometrics (fingerprint or iris) to speed through the checkpoint, saving time, adding predictability, and eliminating stress for all travelers, according to the company;

Logic Suite

Lockheed Martin announces the availability of The Logic Suite, a comprehensive set of decision support tools that helps connect more passengers to their flights, reduces surface congestion at airports, and lowers operating costs for airlines, says the company. The solution includes Ramp Logic, which forecasts when an aircraft is ready to depart and analyzes and predicts passenger and baggage connections and aircraft taxi times; and Departure Logic, which allocates airline departure slots based on runway availability and air traffic constraints;

Mobile Louisville

Louisville International Airport launches its mobile website. The site, which is optimized for smartphones and most small tablet and pad devices, allows customers in the terminal, visitors on their way to the airport, and people meeting passengers to access current airport information. Information accessible on the mobile site includes flight information, special fares, directions and options for shopping and dining in the terminal, parking, and ground transportation.

Situation Management

NICE has been named a Tier 1 PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) company by market researcher Frost & Sullivan. The company's situation management solution enables the unified integration of all security systems to provide top level situational awareness. NICE’s Situator and Inform software consolidate disparate security systems for a 360 degree perspective, and also provide coordinated incident analysis and adaptive response so that everyone in the operational chain knows what is happening and what to do;

Wide Area Multilateration

NAV CANADA is deploying Saab Sensis' Wide Area Multilateration (WAM) technology at Springbank, Alberta. The WAM system will enhance the safety of flight around Springbank Airport by providing NAV CANADA air traffic controllers with additional surveillance coverage not available with the existing radar. The WAM system will provide additional coverage from 100 feet to 1,000 feet Above Ground Level (AGL) around the airport, providing surveillance data to a NAV CANADA radar data processor;

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