Not all the airport security solutions are related to the much-discussed biometrics segment. Here's what other companies are doing:
White Hat provides network-security assessments from the point of view of the intruder, Comerford adds. "Other security companies provide assessments from the security professionals' point of view. I don't know of too many certified security professionals who intrude into airline or airport networks," he says. "The networks need to be defended against the real threat, a malicious attack, not what the security textbook says. Tools don't break into networks, people do."
"Our patented technology reads all currently encoded U.S. and Canadian driver licenses, state-issued ID cards and military IDs that conform to the standards of authorities such as the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators," says Frank Mandelbaum, chairman/CEO of Intelli-Check, who cites a recent test of airport security that aired on CBS, showing that of 20 attempts to board aircraft with fake IDs in California and Nevada, all were successful--post 9/11. "In literally seconds, we can validate the authenticity of all currently encoded licenses. As long as the events of 9/11 remain fresh in our minds, the public outcry for enhanced security at airports will fuel growth in this area."
Perceptrak also provides "advanced object selective digital recording," which allows security personnel to focus their attention on busy, high-traffic areas within the garage or airport grounds; and the industry's first-ever "query-by-content" feature, offering a user-friendly drag-and-drop interface so security staff can instantly search thousands of hours of digital video archives for a specific incident, sorting it out by date, time and location.
Additionally, Cupertino, Calif.-based Broadware Technologies is working with systems integrators to deploy remote video systems, to allow federal aviation officials--as well as FBI and CIA authorities--to view activities onboard aircraft while in flight.