Today, more than 3.3 billion people utilize civil aviation and take to the air each year. Whether it’s for business or visiting family, the Civil Aviation industry has revolutionized the way people connect, interact and conduct business. This ability to bring people together from different parts of the globe, known as aviation connectivity, has been the catalyst for economic growth, and according to IATA’s Director General and CEO, Tony Tyler, aviation “has turned our wonderfully big planet into a wonderfully small world of enormous and wonderful opportunities.”
With the increase in popularity and usage of aviation, there has been a “transportation revolution” around the world, which has paved the way for rapid and free movement of people, commodities and services on a global scale. This is known as globalization and provides many positives for our world, but regretfully has a negative side as well. Beyond any doubt, the emergence of terrorism as a global threat is the biggest challenge facing the Civil Aviation and security industries.
Terrorism has evolved into a major geopolitical factor, capable of causing systematic crises at a global scale. And by virtue of its functional significance and vulnerability, Civil Aviation is increasingly becoming the focus of the operational activity of different terrorist groups. High taxes and a lack of resources and a proper infrastructure can hinder the performance and efficiency of Civil Aviation Security from identifying potential suspects and uncovering criminal activity. In addition to the threat of terrorism, aviation has been used as a hotbed for a plethora of other criminal activity, such as drug smuggling and passengers traveling under false names and documents. This makes it critical to take practical and necessary steps toward improving the security capabilities at major international points of entry such as airports.
With the increase in globalization and aviation connectivity, criminal activity and the threat of attacks on aircrafts by terrorists remain persistent and growing concerns for our world. And with the large number of passengers traveling through airports every day, it is critical that immigration and security checkpoints are equipped with the proper resources and infrastructure needed to identify potential security risks and criminal activity.
Countries should look to implement intelligent Civil Aviation Security solutions that utilize the latest innovations and technologies, such as Securiport’s Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services (CAISS). Securiport’s CAISS is a comprehensive security solution that empowers border management and immigration officials with the tools necessary to enhance Civil Aviation Security and combat criminal activity. The CAISS utilizes advanced biometric identification systems and provides proprietary intelligent information used to identify potential security risks and criminal activity, further strengthening the effectiveness of airport’s security capabilities.
When coupled with Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management System, a methodology for cross-referencing passenger information across international traveler databases, such as INTERPOL’s I-24/7, the CAISS provides governments, airport security, and immigration officials with a comprehensive set of traveler data and information that can be used to confirm a passenger’s identity and uncover certain security risks. The CAISS also includes Watch-list Management, which crosschecks passenger information against multiple government databases and performs real-time identification checks. Implementing a solution such a Securiport’s CAISS, governments and airport security officials can drastically improve the performance and effectiveness of airport security checkpoints and better prevent terrorists and criminals from illegally entering or leaving their country’s borders.
With the assistance of Securiport, implementing advanced solutions such as the Civil Aviation and Immigration Security Services (CAISS), countries can substantially improve their border security and dismantle criminal activity. Just last year, Securiport’s Intelligent Information Management Data Analytics enabled international authorities to interdict a Senegal-based human trafficking ring, resulting in numerous criminal arrests. In addition, Securiport’s CAISS assisted in the identification and arrest of an individual traveling with a stolen passport, who belonged to a vast network of counterfeiters.
By leveraging intelligent civil aviation security systems, such as Securiport’s CAISS, countries will be able to equip themselves with the actionable data and necessary information needed to identify and combat terrorists and to keep all of ports of entry secure. This creates safer and more secure nations.