Intranet helps airport security

A NZ$30,000 intranet has been installed to help security staff at seven New Zealand airports.

The system, one of the first MS Site Server Installations in the country, is intended to reduce paperwork.

Built by Hindin Communications Ltd. of Christchurch, it went online late last month at Aviation Security Systems (AvSec).

The Crown-run enterprise provides security for the NZ Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) by screening international passengers, hand luggage, and some hold luggage and freight.

AvSec IT manager Mark Lilly says the new system provides a mechanism for AvSec's 186 staff to access information rather than use "reams and reams" of paper.

"The intranet is a central interface for a repository of information," he says.

It contains company news, policy and procedure manuals, flight schedules and CAA rules, which can be updated at the click of a hyperlink.

The intranet provides information as personalized Web pages and offers targeted e-mail and security clearance.

It runs on a dual-Pentium 166MHz server with 512M bytes of Ram.

Lilly says the system is "fantastic", as it is "limitless" in terms of the applications it can have put on it.

It also interfaces with existing systems, such as the staff roster.

AvSec plans to provide access to an identity card system, statistical database programs and Microsoft Office over the intranet.

That will give all workstations the same look and feel, simplifying training and making systems easier for staff to use.

Earlier this year, AvSec won an award for Asia-Pacific security.

That followed screening work during last year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference, planning for which occupied the company for more than two years.

The intranet, Lilly says, will make such a massive security operation easier to organize in future.

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