The Immediate Future of Passenger Screening

By Steve Lawson In July 2015, I wrote an article ‘The Future Of Passenger Screening’ that reviewed the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Airports Council International (ACI) joint Smart Security project. The idea of the project, according to IATA, “envisions a continuous journey from curb to airside, where passengers proceed through security with minimal inconvenience, where security resources are … [Read more...]

Expectations In An Emergency

When the theme of this edition, After the Atrocity, was proposed, my first thought was that I have done a few similar articles recently, but then I considered my involvement in the responses to a number of atrocities and the issues they had in common. Firstly, exercises and training are rarely accurate. That is not because they are not developed from real experience, or that they are not done with the best of … [Read more...]

My Memories Of September 11

This article has little to do with aviation security other than September 11 was an aviation security event and I was sent to New York to manage Qantas’ on-ground response. My experience was minor in the scope of the events and restricted to Qantas operations, but it was a defining time. This article is dedicated to Qantas JFK Airport Manager Joe Ward and the JFK Qantas staff on duty on September 11, 2001. They were all … [Read more...]

Countering New-Style Terrorism: Leveraging On Rehabilitation, Local And International Cooperation

Terrorist attacks such as September 2011 in the United States (9/11) and the attacks in Spain (11th March 2004) and Britain (7th July 2005) have marked the dawn of global terrorism (Martin, 2004). In this new era, terrorism is increasingly seen in a different dimension than traditionalists’ objectives, as it knows no bounds and no boundaries (Netanyāhû,1981). New-style terrorism is attributed to the effects of … [Read more...]

In-Flight Revenue Risks

In-flight purchases are an important revenue stream for airlines globally, with the function allowing passengers to purchase duty free items and on-board upgrades, as well as other services such as additional food, beverages, internet and telephone use. While such features are convenient for passengers, they can be susceptible to a number of risks, including staff pilferage, passenger theft of goods/services, counterfeit … [Read more...]

Speculation On Egyptair 804

Egyptair Flight 804, an Airbus A320, went missing on the 19th of May 2016, crashing into the Mediterranean between Greece and Egypt. The aircraft was 12 years old and the crew were reasonably experienced. On the day of the loss, the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry stated that Flight 804 was probably attacked. Did the Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry know something that had not been released to the media, since nothing … [Read more...]

If Popularity Trumps Security

It is not entirely clear quite when it happened but, at some point over the last three months, the improbable became likely. Indeed, barring a spectacular collapse in popular support, or convoluted Machiavellian contortions at the Republican convention, it looks likely that Donald Trump will be the GOP (Grand Old Party – a term used to refer to the Republican Party) candidate for president later this year. The GOP … [Read more...]

Civil security and civil defence in the spotlight

The not-for-profit organisation behind the Australian International Airshow and Aerospace & Defence Exposition has added a new string to its bow. Its latest venture is CIVSEC, will be a major showcase of expertise, ideas and technology in the fields of civil security and civil defence. The event will be a congress of conferences, seminars and workshops that will address the complex and increasingly important … [Read more...]

The Key To Physical Access Control

  Every facility is safer with the addition of a key control and management system from Morse Watchmans. Physical keys continue to be mission-critical for every type of organization, and Morse Watchmans is dedicated to delivering the best solutions for managing, controlling, tracking and auditing all your keys. KeyWatcher Touch Systems are the access control solution for physical keys. Every key is accounted for … [Read more...]

A New Risk Assessment Standard For Security And Operational Risk

Many organisations claim their risk management structures and processes comply with the International Standard on Risk Management Principles and Guidelines, ISO31000:2009. However, if risk assessments used by these ‘compliant’ organisations are poor, then risk management failures will almost certainly occur. If a security manager guesses that a risk is low, medium or high, then questions need to be raised about whether or … [Read more...]

Secure your entry, as your event, the Security Exhibition & Conference returns to Melbourne in July

Registrations are now open to attend the 2016 Security Exhibition & Conference, Australasia’s premier security industry event, which is returning to the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from July 20 to July 22, following another outstanding event in 2015.  The Security Exhibition & Conference connects a community of leaders and showcases the most innovative solutions to hit the Australian market … [Read more...]

Cognitec’s FaceVACS-Entry Delivers Supreme Accuracy, Security and Usability for Passport Checks in eGates

Latest face recognition algorithm B10 increases performance for lower quality passport photos Cognitec released a new software version for its face recognition technology used in eGates for automated passport control procedures. FaceVACS-Entry combines smart hardware for facial image acquisition with market-leading software for verification processes, and is ready for integration into electronic gates (eGates) at … [Read more...]

Lockwood Wireless Digital Deadbolt Review

We speak with Andrew Evans from Assa Abloy about the new Lockwood Wireless Digital Deadbolt and its applications in home security and automation.   … [Read more...]

Farewell Security In Government

It is the end of an era in the Australian Security Industry as the Attorney-General’s Department today announced that the Security in Government Conference will no longer run. It has been announced that the Security in Government (SIG) conference, hosted by the Attorney-General’s Department in September 2015, was the final SIG conference. From 2016, the Department will be adopting an agile approach using smaller, … [Read more...]

SSM#97 Digital Edition

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Raising The Bar To Secure The Airport Journey

By John Kendall. The desire to fly safely means that air travellers generally support airport security measures, such as providing personal information or undergoing security checks that they might be less willing to undergo on other occasions. However, as the nature of air travel changes – with greater use of self-service processing, the emergence of international transfer hubs and stricter industry security … [Read more...]