Technology incorporating artificial intelligence is revolutionising the way airport perimeter security systems work, preventing vandalism and removing the threat of sabotage, without nuisance alarms!

The new perimeter intrusion detection systems which incorporate artificial intelligence use advanced signal recognition software to avoid the nuisance alarms which have plagued traditional airport perimeter intrusion detection systems for years.

For example, as Eyewitness News reported in January, the airport intrusion sensor system that the New York Port Authority purchased for its airports, JFK, La Guardia, Newark and Teterboro, was not yet operational despite taking four years and at least $100 million to build, as it was ‘plagued by false alarms’.

According to Alec Owen, international client manager at Future Fibre Technologies, the use of artificial intelligence in intrusion detection systems is a quantum or generational leap forward in airport perimeter security.

Mr Owen, who authored the widely acclaimed Boundaries of Security resource book, is an expert in perimeter security and artificial intelligence breakthrough in perimeter protection technology.

“This technology can differentiate between intruders and lightning; terrorists and wind and rain; and teenage vandals and wildlife,” Mr Owen says, “so alarms happen only when there is an attempted intrusion.”

Mr Owen cited the example of one of this company’s recent installations on the perimeter of a major gas turbine power station in one of the most lightning prone regions in the world.

“The coastal site is subject to extreme weather conditions, including cyclonic winds, year-round temperatures in the mid to high 30’s, and very high levels of tropical rainfall, in excess of 4in or 100mm per hour at times,” he said. “It also has one of the world’s highest incidents of lightning, recording more than 30,000 lightning strikes every year yet nuisance alarms are not a problem.”

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