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Technology boosting airport security market

May 2, 2012, 10:16 am

A recent report from Frost & Sullivan found technology adoption is a major driving force in the growth of the global airport security market. Another catalyst to aviation safety is investment in pilot insurance.

The report showed airport security is a priority for many countries around the world, and the international community as a whole. As more consumers are embarking on international travel, the threat of terrorist attack or criminal acts as well as new security directives is increasing the global airport security market. All over the world, airports and aviation groups are increasing investment in airport infrastructure and upgrading legacy equipment to improve security. These investments are creating new opportunities in the aviation technology industry to provide emerging technologies and security solutions for airports worldwide.

The Frost & Sullivan analysis showed total expenditure on airport security tools was $19.1 billion in 2011, and are expected to increase to $45.4 billion by 2018. Major booms are anticipated in specific sectors of the industry including perimeter security, surveillance, access control, integration, screening, command and control and security personnel.

"High threat perceptions of criminal or terrorist attacks will continue to boost investment in airport security," said Anthony Leather, an analyst at Frost & Sullivan. "Regional and global legislation is constantly amended and updated in an attempt to address any criminal or terrorist activity. This has compelled airport operators worldwide to continually update latest security procedures and technology solutions."

According to Leather, airports are being required to meet heightened security requirements and protocol that requires investment in new technology. Emerging technologies can help airport officials identify threats. The technology leverages human interaction to evaluate and implement appropriate responses to a wide array of threats.

"Integration results in a more comprehensive and cohesive security control that helps to respond to identified threats in a more efficient and effective manner," Leather said. "Therefore, technology that can be easily integrated will be in the most competitive position in the procurement process."

For example, Hom-on recently launched its wireless location technologies at the International Airport in Cancun, Mexico, providing officials with mobile devices to track and monitor 911 phone calls made from passengers in the airport. The technology enables users to track end user location to boost security and efficiency in airports.

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