The US Transportation Security Administration (US TSA) has selected the Norman Y Mineta San Jose International Airport to test new perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies.

Besides San Jose Airport, the TSA will also test the intrusion detection technology at Miami International Airport based on an assessment of sites across the US.

The initiative is part of H.R. 1625, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, under which up to $10m was allocated for equipment testing.

US Representative Zoe Lofgren said: “By bolstering the technology deployed to keep our airport perimeter secure, we are taking steps to ensure the safety of businesses, travellers, and employees and help establish Mineta as the premier gateway to Silicon Valley.”

“We are taking steps to ensure the safety of businesses, travellers, and employees and help establish Mineta as the premier gateway to Silicon Valley.”

During the trial of perimeter equipment and technology, the TSA will install, test, and analyse a number of technologies such as video cameras, analytics software, radar, microwave, passive Infra-Red sensors, laser sensors, fence sensors, among others.

Mineta San Jose International Airport aviation director John Aitken said: “This is a welcome investment in further analysis, software and hardware to complement SJC’s recent security enhancements, which included raising the perimeter fenceline height and implementing the associated technology, also made possible through support from our federal leadership.

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“We greatly appreciate the continued support from Congresswoman Lofgren, Congressman Swalwell and TSA Administrator Pekoske to secure up to $4m in funding to further ensure the safety of the 14 million travellers who fly in and out of SJC annually.”

Lofgren and Castro Valley Congressman Eric Swalwell have been instrumental in securing federal funds for the airport.