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July 11, 2022

ACI Europe and TSA to collaborate on airport security open architecture

The integration of open architecture principles within security screening systems will focus on data formats.

The CEOs of the Airports Council International (ACI) Europe and US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), along with airport and industry stakeholders, have agreed to continue collaborating on open architecture for airport security systems across Europe.

The airport and industry stakeholders include London Heathrow, Avinor and the European Organisation for Security (EOS).

TSA administrator David Pekoske said: “Technology and innovation within transportation security is evolving at a rapid pace, and open architecture promises to improve how all transportation security agencies share data, integrate emerging technology at speed, remain cyber resilient and advance our mission.

“We remain committed to innovation and working collaboratively with our partners to increase the security baseline and improve the travelling experience.”

The integration of open architecture principles within security screening systems would focus on data formats and standard interfaces.

It would also enable the establishment of an operationally viable and cyber-secure approach to security systems.

Additionally, the implementation of open architecture will help establish uniform standards and an agile response to emerging threats.

ACI Europe director-general Olivier Jankovec said: “This is a collaboration that has reaped not only meaningful synergies today but has the potential to unlock future applications, partnerships and solutions that we cannot even yet imagine.

“The combination of our partners’ security pedigree teamed with ACI Europe’s guiding hand and expertise in seamless airport innovation, secures not only technological transformation but consumer protection – the cornerstones of progress.

“The fact that security equipment manufacturers have now joined our dialogue speaks volumes for our vision and the standards we are setting.”

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