US-based Verint Systems will lead a programme to evaluate the Total Airport Security Solution (TASS) currently being trialled at Heathrow Airport in London.
TASS is a multi-level video and situation intelligence solution that will provide the airport with an integrated security monitoring platform to enhance its threat detection capability.
The TASS system will collect data through the integration of different types of real-time sensors and sub-systems.
TASS can operate in both fixed and mobile, and different environmental conditions, Verint said.
The four-year TASS project is part of the Seventh EU Framework Programme (FP7) and will run until March 2014.
TASS is being implemented by a consortium of 20 European technology companies with Verint acting as the consortium initiator and coordinator.
The consortium launched the field trial of the TASS prototype in October 2012 at Heathrow Airport and three pre-identified security threat scenarios are being tested.
TASS project coordinator and Verint communications and cyber intelligence solutions director Gideon Hazzani said that Heathrow’s sophisticated environment made it an attractive candidate for the trial.
"Upon integrating the various systems, the consortium will continue its field trial to validate the Total Airport Security Solution’s ability to deliver real-time data to security authorities, enabling them to quickly identify and assess situations, and effectively respond to alerts within pre-defined parameters set forth by the airport."
For the TASS trial, Verint is providing its Nextiva Video Management Software (VMS) and physical security information management solution, Nextiva PSIM.
The company’s VMS video management application will help with viewing video, monitoring system health and exporting information to be assessed for investigative purposes.
Nextiva PSIM solution on the other hand captures information from different sources, including security, safety and building management systems, to help authorities initiate response to security situations collaborating with other agencies.
Other members of the TASS consortium include academic institutions, companies with expertise in sensor design, electronic communications, security applications and civil protection.
Photo: Artistic impression of Terminal 5 at Heathrow Airport, which opened in April 2008.