Securiport is Platinum Sponsor at this year’s ACI EUROPE Security Summit, taking place in Tel Aviv, 17-19 September 2019. Ahead of the event, Dr Enrique Segura, CEO Securiport, shared some insights with Ross Falconer.
Airports are different to any other mass transportation hub. Hundreds of thousands of people coming from countries all over the world are processed daily. Within that mass, airports are faced with a variety of threat levels and significant unknowns. “Securiport uses the power of big data to complete the picture and allows airports and border authorities to manage and improve security measures” says Dr. Enrique Segura, Securiport President & CEO.
Border control and security is always a moving target with constantly evolving threats. “We are always thinking about what is next, and how we can innovate faster than those who wish to threaten us,” Segura explains. “At the ACI EUROPE Security Summit, we hope to share with industry partners how we have stayed ahead of the curve, and helped our clients stay secure. We also wish to learn from other success stories in the industry and explore how we can work together to keep everyone safe. These are truly new and exciting times in the airport sector, and Securiport is racing to implement its new technologies in a fast-growing and dynamic market.”
Segura is speaking at this year’s ACI EUROPE Security Summit, where he will discuss how airports can combine biometric solutions with big data analytics to process travellers more efficiently. “An individual arriving, or departing, is not just a person with a name and a passport. He or she is someone with a history of behavioural patterns and a digital record. By combining biometrics with big data, the complex calculations that used to take hours or days for officials to complete, are now delivered with the press of a finger, scan of an iris or the unique profile of a face.”
Data is constantly collected. Airports and authorities are implementing various systems worldwide to process the information of arriving and departing passengers. “However, if airports lack the tools and systems to accurately and quickly analyse data, it is of little to no use,” says Segura.
While airport security is, and will continue to be, administered by highly trained officials, AI-driven analytics will provide an additional platform to determine if a passenger could potentially be a threat. Segura explains: “Based on certain triggers, officials may be provided with information to ask additional questions. Is the person a potential human trafficker? Money launderer? Drug trafficker? Or involved in transnational organised crime? AI-driven analytics enhance capabilities to accurately assess the present situation.”
Naturally, the passenger experience needs to be taken into consideration, and the speed involved in capturing and processing data is key.
The future? Segura emphasises Securiport’s continued commitment to continue developing its technological capabilities as they strive to stay ahead of the curve. “By the end of the year Securiport will launch a new multi-year initiative partnering with academic institutions. We see it as our mission to invest in research and development to provide our clients with the best services and solutions possible.”