Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 12

SECURITY
AUTHOR Joe Petrie

KEEP YOUR TROUBLES

Outside the Fence

Next-generation technology offers deeper understanding of
the security issues facing your airfield and how to protect it.
OAKLAND INTERNATIONAL Airport (OAK) opted
to protect a vulnerable part of its airfield with
a technology solution when a physical barrier
wouldn't get the job done.
The fence line at OAK terminates at
the San Francisco Bay. Whenever the tide
goes out, a large mudflat occurs, which
creates an opportunity for someone to
breach the airfield.
Douglas Mansel, aviation security
manager for OAK, said they opted for the
SpotterRF system to provide monitoring
and protect the area.
"It's a cost-effective way to use a
ground-based radar to monitor large
areas," he said. "We can install fencing in
some areas and others could be difficult."
The SpotterRF system deploys
antennas around the airport to monitor
for intruders. The system integrates into
the airport's existing operating system and
allows staff to couple it with other security
monitoring systems.
You can deploy it in 15 minutes in the
short term, but in the long term you need
to understand how radar works and you
have to design to its environment.
J o h n H u n s u c k e r, b u s i n e s s
development manager for the eastern
U.S. for SpotterRF, said it also allows
airports f lexibility to meet new
(Editor's note: policy changes in security because
some interviews it can be moved around quickly
cited in this and still have accurate readings.
article were
"We can rest it very quickly
conducted in
Spanish and and accurately," he said. "We
have been don't even have to be on site."
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OAK tested the system and
publication)
found the value in the technology,

so Mansel said they now utilize it across
the south end of the airfield and even
started monitoring parking areas as well
to protect traveler's cars.
The system has even helped distressed
boaters in the bay. Mansel said there was
an incident where distressed boater was
able to seek help when the radar detected
him and a wind surfer who had also
gotten stranded and wandered onto the
airport area.
"I think it has really upgraded our
overall security," Mansel said. "Before
we had this system, we were relying on
our patrols to detect if they saw someone
coming out of the water. We still do the
patrols, but it's another layer of security
that helps us."

Plate Readers Tell You
Who's at Your Airport
Airports need to understand who is
on their property to properly protect
it. License plate reader technology is a
powerful tool to identify who is coming
into the perimeter and how often.
Kathleen Chigos, president of
Platesmart Technology, said airports
want to keep track of who is entering
and leaving to the facility. Knowing and
tracking the cars can be a valuable tool in
keeping things safe.
Readers identify the cars, plates
and descriptions of the vehicle. The
smart technolog y identif ies the

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An unobstructed view with a
Pharovision camera can provide
monitoring for miles around an
airport.
PHAROVISION

information and can alert authorities
when someone dangerous or suspicious
has entered the grounds.
Placing the technology at access point
for contractors also allows the airports to
know when and who are entering the
airfield when a capital project is underway.
"If a police agency is looking for a
known terrorist and they know the car
that terrorist is driving in and they want
to make sure this terrorist isn't coming
on their property, they can go into the
system create their own hotlist of who
they are looking for," she said. "If that
vehicle comes on the property, they're
immediately alert via text, message on
the command center, or email and they
can dispatch law enforcement and go out
and start an investigation in real time."
Webb Wang, chief technology
officer of Platesmart Technology, said
it's important for airport to know the
movement of vehicles into the property
as it's how everyone arrives at an airport.
Having this information allows you to
know who is on the property and the
information about the vehicle.
Chigos said a terrorist cased an airport
in Brussels for five days. They went



Airport Business - June-July 2020

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Airport Business - June-July 2020

Inside the Fence
Industry Update
Keep Your Troubles Outside the Fence
Airport Guru
Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
Put Out Fires
Projects of the Year
Product Focus
Fueling Directory
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 1
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 2
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 3
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 4
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 5
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Inside the Fence
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 7
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Industry Update
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 9
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 10
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 11
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Keep Your Troubles Outside the Fence
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 13
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Airport Guru
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - 15
Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Less Water, Less Contaminants, Less Problems
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Airport Business - June-July 2020 - Put Out Fires
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