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Airport Industry News: May 2014

May 29, 2014

Published biweekly –  available by annual subscription only (at a discounted rate through Brainseed) –

Managing Editor / Publisher: Martin Lamprecht

The articles compiled for Brainseed and made available here represent only a very small sample of news from some of the 8 modules of the biweekly newsletter which includes the modules: Airport Development (DEV), Airport Operations (OPS), Ground Support Equipment (GSE), Air Traffic Services (ATC), Consultant & Contractor (CON), Airport Information Technology (AIT) and Maintenance Base (MRO). An extensive Calendar of Events (CAL) is part of every subscription.


Airport Security

Implant Sciences has won a new contract from Minsk National Airport in Belarus for the supply of explosives trace detectors (ETDs). Under the contract, Implant Sciences will supply 14 units of its advanced explosives trace detectors to the airport, including its QS-H150 handheld unit and QS-B220 system. Implant Sciences Russia and CIS countries general manager, Natalya Hall, said: "The QS-H150 and QS-B220 were selected by our new customer over larger competitors' ETDs due to our systems' superior performance, lower total cost of ownership, and its non-radioactive source." The QS-H150 uses non-radioactive ion mobility spectrometry (IMS) technology to detect trace amounts of a wide variety of military, commercial and homemade explosives. The QS-B220 uses IMS to identify military, commercial and homemade explosives at a lower maintenance cost when compared to competing systems. It features a radioactive material-free design, push-button maintenance and diagnostics, as well as a patented inCal internal automatic calibration system.


Magal Security Systems has entered into a USD 6.4 million turnkey contract with the Kenyan Airport Authority (KAA) to secure critical areas in Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi. The project includes multiple surveillance and access control technologies, integrated by Fortis4G - an advanced PSIM (Physical Security Information Management) system. The project is expected to be completed in the first half of 2015. Eitan Livneh, CEO of Magal, said: "Over the past two years, we have successfully delivered a number of security projects for critical national assets in Kenya, demonstrating how excellence in performance and successful deliveries lead to significant further business. We are proud to be employed by this prestigious national customer and remain committed to supplying the latest technology with the highest standards of execution."


L-3 Security & Detection Systems (L-3 SDS) has received an order to provide the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation (MOT) with a range of X-ray scanners to enhance security operations at airports. The systems will be used to examine carry-on baggage, checked baggage and freight, and will assist operators in the detection of explosives, weapons and contraband. "We are very pleased that the Indonesian MOT has selected our advanced X-ray systems for use at numerous locations throughout the country," said Thomas Ripp, President of L-3 Security & Detection Systems. "Our team is committed to working closely with the MOT to provide the solutions it needs for today's security challenges, with a focus on anticipating future requirements."


AirAsia Bhd will pilot the INTERPOL I-Checkit system as part of ongoing efforts to enhance international travel security. In a statement, the airlines said the system would screen the passports of all its prospective passengers against the world police body's Stolen and Lost Travel Documents (SLTD) database. Once implemented the pilot project will see AirAsia become the first airline to integrate I-Checkit with their own check-in systems during the passenger check-in phase across its entire international network, allowing passenger passport numbers to be compared against INTERPOL's SLTD database which contains more than 40 million records from 167 countries. AirAsia Group CEO, Tony Fernandes, was quoted as saying in the statement that the partnership would result in improved passenger security and support its desire to offer low fares but with the added assurance that this system and partnership would provide. The I-Checkit system will be deployed across all of AirAsia's international operations, covering a network of 100 airports across Asia and 600 international flights per day to more than 20 countries worldwide. INTERPOL Secretary General Ronald K Noble said this partnership would raise the bar across the industry for passenger safety and security.

Authorities at Adi Soemarmo International airport in Surakarta, Central Java, are increasing the use of thermo-scanners to detect Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS) in passengers returning from the Middle East. People with MERS show flu-like symptoms, including a high fever and respiratory problems. Even though the airport's operations and readiness section head Rini Sri Rahayu acknowledged there were currently no direct flights to Jeddah, she said pilgrims who flew from Jeddah had first transited in either Malaysia or Singapore before arriving at Adi Soemarmo. The thermo-scanners have been set up at the arrival gates of the airport and Rini explained that they had been at the airport since the 2006 swine flu epidemic and were now being used as a precaution. The scanners are designed to detect anyone with a body temperature of over 38 deg Celsius, and if such a passenger is found, a camera will take a picture of their face. The suspected passenger will then be sent to the Semarang Port Health Office (KKP).


Ground Support

At the recent 2014 Airport Show in Dubai, UAE, ADB Airfield Solutions showed its ‘Smarter Airports' vision. The Smarter Airport concept enables airports to manage air traffic and airside resources safely and efficiently, while reducing environmental impact. To achieve this, ADB helps airports manage intelligently five key aspects from landing to take-off: safety and reliability, design, approach, AGL, and maintenance. "Intelligent management of airside resources is at the very heart of our Smart Airports concept. We believe this is what airports will need to succeed in overcoming challenges today, and in the years ahead," said Christian Onselaere, CEO, ADB Group. "Moreover, this concept aligns perfectly with our vision of being an end-to-end airfield technology provider, something we are moving towards at an exciting pace with the recent acquisitions of LUCEBIT and ERNI AGL." The company's all-LED ‘Smarter Approach' offering, which is on display, delivers smarter, greener and more reliable airport approach. It encompasses ADB's proven LED AGL including its high-performance LED approach, LED PAPI and threshold, runway end lighting (LEAP), ERNI's LED flashing lights and approach inset lights, and Exel's frangible lattice masts and poles for approach lighting.


French ground-handling service provider Worldwide Flight Services (WFS) has been concessioned by the Tanzanian authorities to begin operations at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, in competition with market leader Swissport. The French company is reportedly investing some USD 6 million in their new venture, which will for the first time give airlines serving Tanzania's largest aviation hub a competitive choice for ground handling. With more than 100 ground-handling contracts in over 20 countries around the world, WFS is under-represented in Africa. After South Africa, where WFS launched operations in 2012, Tanzania is only the second African country in which WFS will be present. The company is expected to begin operations in late Q3 or early Q4 2014.    

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