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Airport security solutions to manage incidents, support the business, and improve security

Today’s airports face considerable security challenges, and managers must handle multiple roles. Airports must therefore meet incredibly demanding criteria with regards to security, safety, communications, and building automation.

Improve security

Invest in innovative solutions in order to improve passenger experiences

Manage incidents

Respond quickly to potential threats and monitor critical areas

Support the business

Increase efficiency and understand customer needs

Managing these challenges is a daunting task, as many different areas need to be monitored: perimeters, parking structures, terminals and other passenger facilities, aprons, airfields, shops, restaurants, and the like. Public address and voice alarm, intelligent video, and fire solutions help airports master these security, safety, and communication challenges.

Bosch security solutions for airports

Airport perimeter security

Airport perimeter security

Airport perimeter security

Unauthorized persons breaching the perimeter fence and reaching the runway are a major risk for airports. Early detection of these incidents can be challenging for operators monitoring standard raw video, and they can miss important scenes. With built-in video analytics, however, metadata add sense and structure to video images.

Suspects can be identified in video footage, even when hiding in dark areas. Built-in infrared illuminators detect objects up to 60 meters away, and thermal images allow detection of suspects hiding, for example, in bushes. When an intruder approaches the perimeter, cameras automatically follow them across the airside to support intervention over long distances. Multiple objects can also be displayed on a map, showing their location, size, and speed to enable quick intervention. Operators can detect intrusion and track persons and objects. This reduces the number of false alarm signals operators must deal with.

Airport perimeter security
Video analysis to detect suspicious activity

Video analysis to detect suspicious activity

Video analysis to detect suspicious activity

Unusual or abnormal behavior can indicate a preliminary stage of criminal activity or other serious situations. To prevent such events, it is important to recognize suspicious activity in advance and monitor the individuals concerned. Intelligent security cameras continually evaluate real-time footage, and if necessary, alert security personnel.

The cameras are equipped with built-in video analytics and detect behavior that indicates a person is about to do something unexpected and potentially dangerous. For instance, cameras scan people or vehicles in a crowd for motions that appear abnormal, such as walking in the wrong direction on an escalator or stopping a car at an unusual place. Alarms can also trigger the cameras to automatically track the object of interest and dynamically adjust the field of view, providing visual information to the control room.

Video analysis to detect suspicious activity
Smart control room

Smart control room

Smart control room

Video footage contains a lot of useful data for airports, if they are able to process it. Operators in a control room are overwhelmed by hundreds of video feeds every day and can easily miss important scenes. Intelligent cameras turn data into relevant situational alerts, which are transmitted to operators’ screens.

Cameras with built-in video analytics add a layer of metadata to their video streams. They automatically send an alert when relevant situations arise, such as perimeter incidents, fires, and unsafe behavior. Security personnel is therefore able to prevent incidents proactively. In addition to heightened safety and security, the video data helps improve services. The analysis of occupancy rates and processing times, for example, offers a foundation for improvements at the gates.

Smart control room
Airport queue management

Airport queue management

Airport queue management

Long queues in front of the airport security checkpoints are frustrating for passengers and can pose a security risk. Travelers standing in line are exposed to possible attackers, since the area before the checkpoint is more vulnerable than beyond it. Intelligent cameras reduce these unwanted situations by preventing lines from becoming too long.

A video-based solution identifies the number of people waiting at each checkpoint entrance and calculates the average waiting time, which can be displayed to passengers. As a result, people can choose a line based on current waiting times, leading to less queuing. Moreover, the distribution of travelers among lines is no longer done manually by security personnel. The review of historical data also makes staff planning easier and more precise.

Airport queue management

Bosch safety solutions for airports

Drone detection

Drone detection

Drone detection

Drones pose a danger for airport safety and can cause costly disruptions, safety incidents, and potential security breaches. At the same time, the risk of a drone incident is increasing due to the growing number of remote-controlled drones for private use, including video-equipped aerial vehicles. Operators need a visual perspective to assess a threat and determine whether a drone may be carrying cameras or even explosives.

Cameras installed along the airport perimeter fence can be integrated with radar technology. When radar is triggered, the software relays the three-dimensional coordinates to the closest ground-mounted security camera, which confirms whether the object is a drone, and in such cases, keeps tracking its course. The video equipment is already integrated with multiple drone detection systems. Integrating airside safety solutions with perimeter security is not only more effective but more cost-efficient as well.

Drone detection
Fast detection of smoke and flames

Fast detection of smoke and flames

Fast detection of smoke and flames

If a fire breaks out, it must be detected before it spreads. Smoke detectors are normally installed on ceilings. If a fire breaks out at floor level, they are only able to detect smoke and flames once it reaches the ceiling, thereby slowing reaction time. The AVIOTEC camera series, on the other hand, identifies fires using video at the source within 30 seconds. This offers a decisive time advantage that prevents greater damage from occurring. The solution’s usability is not affected by ceiling height, making it particularly well-suited to terminal halls or hangars.

A video fire detection system uses cameras with intelligent algorithms to identify smoke and flames at the earliest stage while correctly distinguishing them from other disturbances. If the algorithm of the camera detects flames or smoke, an alarm is immediately triggered. The location of the incident is then pinpointed in the control room. This provides time-critical information staff needs to react. Visual fire detection helps prevent loss of life, averts crowd panic, and reduces disruptions of runway operations.

Fast detection of smoke and flames
Communicate clearly in different areas

Communicate clearly in different areas

Communicate clearly in different areas

Airports are environments with loud ambient noise, in which unclear announcements confuse passengers or are simply not heard. This leads to stress and costly interruptions, such as passengers arriving late to their gates because they could not hear an updated gate flight information or their names being called.

PA solutions are available to make announcements both terminal-wide and within specific areas. Active speakers cover a range up to 50 meters, while beam steering devices precisely insonify an area of just a few square meters in front of a gate.
The systems are flexible and increase/decrease sound levels in environments with loud/low ambient noise, provide control over a small and very specific area or can also address the full airport if necessary. Travelers know exactly when and at what gate their flight is leaving. Providing travelers with clear information on last minute changes with targeted messaging in a silent airport concept creates order in the chaos and putts people at ease and makes them feel safe. In emergencies, automatic warnings and announcements can help defuse tense situations. A reliable, public address system is therefore essential for clear announcements and improves the passenger’s experience.

Communicate clearly in different areas
Evacuate crowds during an active threat

Evacuate crowds during an active threat

Evacuate crowds during an active threat

If an emergency breaks out at an airport, large crowds could become hard to control. If panic arises in a crowd, the danger exponentially increases. In case of an emergency the voice alarm system sends out prerecorded messages in multiple languages, thereby helping to manage the flow of people and ensure a safe evacuation—even in noisy terminal halls.

These threats will always occur in a certain area. In all situations, the most efficient way to evacuate is via phased evacuation. The most urgent priority areas are therefore evacuated first.

In case the emergency is a fire, certified integration of fire alarm and voice alarm is needed. This integration often has complex cable networks that do not allow operators to customize verification times for defined areas. This could lead to unnecessary evacuations, because operators were not quick enough to identify a false alarm. The ideal solution is a shift from a hardwired to an IP-based connection between the fire alarm and evacuation system. Verification times can be set up according to walking distance, with operators able to confirm alarms on mobile devices rather than on the fire panel. This can help to reduce false alarms and ensure maximum system availability.

Evacuate crowds during an active threat
Airfield safety

Airfield safety

Airfield safety

The airfield is one of an airport’s most sensitive areas. Incidents and disruptions that happen here can be damaging and expensive. Monitoring airside movements with intelligent cameras helps to monitor and record airside safety incidents. They offer a wide field of view, monitor the live traffic day and night, and enable a level of visibility beyond that of the human eye.

Smart video solutions provide operators with augmented reality information, such as gate numbers or building names, that improves their situational awareness. Cameras constantly scan the runway and follow objects automatically, monitoring planes from landing to their next takeoff. Cameras with an overview of the airfield use a low-resolution stream but switch to high resolution when zooming in to provide fine details to the operator’s screen. High quality camera images can be stitched together to cover large open areas at the apron, taxiway, or runway.

Airfield safety

Bosch operational solutions for airports

Airport parking management

Airport parking management

Airport parking management

The parking lot is the first service touch point passengers encounter at an airport; their customer journey begins here. By taking a data-driven approach, airports can improve their parking services, thereby optimizing the passenger experience and increasing their revenues.

Cameras equipped with video-analytics algorithms recognize unoccupied parking spots reliably. This data can be transferred to a service that informs passengers of available spaces. At the same time, the cameras maintain the security of vehicles in the area using surveillance, which detects such unwanted events as loitering car thieves, wrong-way driving, objects left behind, and congestion. The data coming from the cameras not only alerts the operator but can also be used to gain broader insight: data collected over the long term can identify risks like unsafe locations in the parking deck and then apply counter measures, such as improved illumination or security patrols.

Airport parking management
Airport gate management

Airport gate management

Airport gate management

When airlines question invoices for gate occupancy times, it can lead to long discussions. Camera-oriented solutions provide footage for clarification in such situations.

Intelligent cameras installed at the gate use video analytics to capture time stamps of aircrafts docking and undocking at the gate bridge. By adding a layer of metadata to video images, occupancy rates and processing times can be tracked and optimized.
Safety and security incidents are also recorded for investigation and hindsight. Moreover, the display feature of historical data can be used to plan the schedule of security personnel more precisely.

Airport gate management

Overview of our airport solutions

Overview of our airport solutions

A global airport security partner

A global airport security partner
Munich

Franz-Joseph Strauss Airport
Munich, Germany

With its two terminals and satellite area, Franz-Joseph Strauss Airport is an important international hub for around 48 million passengers. Using integrated security and safety solutions, the airport ensures smooth operations around the clock.

  • More than 18,000 fire sensors
  • Around 17,000 intrusion detectors
  • Around 800 cameras
  • Access control system
  • Around 70 interconnected universal hazard alarm systems, plus a network of intrusion and fire alarm systems

Budapest

Liszt Ferenc International Airport
Budapest, Hungary

Waiting times at airport security checkpoints are often unpredictable, making them a headache for travelers and Security Managers. The right technology can provide some help – such as an intelligent solution that keeps lines from getting too long at Budapest Airport. Through the display of waiting times, security is increased, because fewer crowds form in front of security checkpoints. Staff planning can also be optimized, and when passengers have to be rerouted, manual intervention is no longer needed.

  • Around 700 fixed and moving cameras
  • Video Recording Manager

Kharkiv

Kharkiv International Airport
Kharkiv, Ukraine

The Kharkiv International Airport was an important project in Ukraine. As a part of its preparations for the final games of the 2012 UEFA European Championship, the airport updated its video surveillance systems.

  • Over 100 cameras
  • Video surveillance managed through BVMS

Antalya

Antalya Airport
Antalya, Turkey

Antalya Airport in Southern Turkey uses an integrated fire detection and voice evacuation system for both the domestic and the international terminals.

  • PRAESIDEO Public Address and Voice Evacuation system
  • More than 1,800 loudspeakers
  • 300 sound projectors
  • 2 network controllers
  • 48 distributed power amplifiers
  • 25 call stations
  • 6 networked Modular Fire Panel 5000 series
  • 3,500 fire detectors
  • BIS management system

Changchun

Changchun Longjia International Airport
Changchun, China

When Changchun Longjia International Airport added a new second terminal building, the Chinese government’s mandate for archiving video camera recordings for 90 days created a technological challenge. The airport required a custom-fitted solution, drawing from experience from large-scale airport security installations around the world.

  • Nearly 1,500 cameras
  • 20 CIP storages
  • Public address and voice evacuation system
  • More than 1,200 loudspeakers
  • 11 CMS Intrusion Panels
  • Systems managed by BVMS and BIS

Novosibirsk

Tolmachevo Airport
Novosibirsk, Russia

Russia’s 6th largest airport, Tolmachevo Airport, modernized its security system. The applied management system combines installed systems in a single platform, making the facility more efficient.

  • PRAESIDEO public address system with more than 300 loudspeakers
  • Around 400 fix and 50 moving cameras
  • Access control system
  • Systems are managed by BVMS and BIS

Xi an

Xi’an Airport
Xianyang, China

The Western Aviation Group wanted to go digital, so it installed an intelligent platform linking access control, flying zone alarms, and perimeter alarms. The Video Management System (BVMS) installed at Xi’an Airport provides seamless control of the digital video, audio, and security data that is transmitted across an IP network. It may be far afield, but Xi’an Xianyang Airport is now at the digital forefront.

  • More than 1500 cameras
  • More than 400 sets of encoders
  • More than 3,500 loudspeakers
  • Video surveillance operated and managed through BVMS

Moscow

Sheremetyevo Airport
Moscow, Russia

As one of the four international airports serving the city of Moscow, Sheremetyevo Airport uses its public address and voice evacuation systems operating in 6 different terminals to ensure passenger safety in case of emergencies.

  • More than 100 amplifiers and 2,000 loudspeakers
  • More than 500 IP cameras
  • Video surveillance is operated and managed through BVMS

Da Nang

Da Nang International Airport
Da Nang, Vietnam

Da Nang is the 3rd busiest airport in Vietnam. The new terminal building that opened at the end of 2011 installed a new video surveillance system to meet its security, safety, and operational requirements.

  • IP and analogue cameras
  • digital video recorders
  • encoders and matrix switcher
  • System managed by BVMS and VIDOS

Phnom Penh

Phnom Penh International Airport
Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Phnom Penh International Airport is one of the fastest-growing airports in the world. To increase the security and safety of the many passengers that travel through it, the airport installed a comprehensive solution.

  • Fixed and moving cameras
  • Praesideo public address and voice evacuation system, line array, and ceiling loudspeakers
  • Fire alarm system
  • Optical and linear beam smoke detectors
  • Access control system, finger print and keypad readers
  • BIS management systems integrate all systems

Dubai

Dubai International Airport
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Emirates Airline passengers expect the best, and not just in the air. At the carrier’s main hub in Dubai, a 3,500-speaker, an integrated public address and evacuation system from Bosch gets rid of the garble in favor of optimal acoustic design. The loudspeakers are precise enough to target a single waiting area while adhering to the “Silent Airport” policy. This helps to ensure a safe and secure journey for the 88 million passengers who travel through the airport.

  • PRAESIDEO-OMNEO interfaces are used for Dante Audio Transport
  • More than 22,000 loudspeakers
  • More than 500 line arrays
  • More than 900 amplifiers
  • BIS Management system

Cancun

Cancun Airport
Cancun, Mexico

When the airport added a new terminal, it also unified its video surveillance. Today, suspicious incidents are monitored and managed seamlessly across all four terminals from a single control room.

  • Nearly 600 cameras
  • 6 DIVAR IP 6000
  • 4 Video Recording Managers
  • BVMS serves as the joint platform to centrally manage almost 1,800 cameras across 4 terminals

Munich
Budapest
Kharkiv
Antalya
Changchun
Novosibirsk
Xi an
Moscow
Da Nang
Phnom Penh
Dubai
Cancun

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Maarten Wings

Maarten Wings

Global Vertical Manager Airports

“Tomorrow’s ‘smart’ control rooms will be able to automate security and safety processes and also leverage data-driven insights. What our industry needs to make it happen is a mind shift from considering a security camera as an image source, to seeing it as a data sensor.”

Bosch has over 300 airports in its customer base. Through global coordination of best practice sharing and many personal airport visits, I am able to provide sustainable and effective working solutions to help airports meet their goals. As an active member of Airports Council International (ACI), I represent Bosch as a technology partner for airports. Interested? Connect with me through email or LinkedIn.

E-mail: Maarten.Wings@bosch.com