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NEWS Last modified on December 12, 2013

ACI and IATA collaborate for Smart Security

Airports Council International (ACI) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) have signed a MoU to develop Smart Security (SmartS).

The two authorities can now better align their resources and expertise to improve the journey from kerb to boarding.

It is hoped that passengers will be able to proceed through security checkpoints with minimal inconvenience; security resources will be allocated based on risk; and airport facilities are optimised.

SmartS replaces the Checkpoint of the Future, reflecting the start of a new phase of pilot testing involving first generation checkpoints.

Components of the concept has been tested individually since 2012 and now, under SmartS, several components will be tested together to see how they interact with one another in an operational environment.

The renaming also signals the stronger ACI-IATA collaboration together with the strong participation of governments and other key industry stakeholders.

Angela Gittens, director general, ACI World, commented: “A touch point in the passenger journey that triggers a sense of dread is the security check.

“Through Smart Security, ACI and IATA will drive the needed change. Airports, airlines, control authorities and system suppliers all have a role to play in making the process more effective, efficient and pleasant for the passenger.”

The Checkpoint of the Future was launched in 2011 and, a year later, IATA and ACI, together with several national regulators, defined a roadmap for the future of passenger screening, with blueprints for 2014, 2017 and 2020.

The blueprints detailed proposals that are operationally achievable and technically feasible by that timeframe.

The roadmap was adopted by the International Civil Aviation Organization High Level Conference on Aviation Security in September 2012.

Between 2012 and 2013, tests were conducted at several airports, including Geneva, Heathrow, Gatwick and Amsterdam Schiphol.

From 2014, SmartS pilots will be conducted at airports, including Schiphol and Heathrow, to test multiple components simultaneously.

The focus for next year is to optimise security screening resources and asset utilisation, integrating new technology and repurposing existing equipment, and implementing new procedures to facilitate risk-based screening and decision making.

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