Sita focus on airport security

Air transport IT services provider Sita has launched an aviation security solution, specifically targeting the US market.

The security package includes services to improve the security of baggage systems, self-service kiosks, passenger screening and associated IT infrastructure.

Key elements include the Australian developed I-Borders passenger checking system, which has been used in Australia since 1996. Developed for the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs, it gives immigration and boarder authorities access to passenger bio-data before people travel or board an aircraft.

The integrated baggage solution matches hold baggage to the passenger and also tracks bags at the airport from check-in, through explosive detection screening, to loading in a container, placement on the aircraft and on-transit.

A Sita spokesperson said a request for tender for this type of solution was issued by the Board of Airline Representatives Australia in late November, for which it has applied.

The self-service kiosks include biometric technologies for passenger identification, while the SecureConnect service offers a portfolio of end-to-end managed network security solutions. This includes authentication, firewalls, intrusion protection, vulnerability analysis and virtual private networks.

The spokesperson said it had received a lot of interest from overseas on the above services, but was unable to elaborate on countries it is currently negotiating with.

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