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As well as enhancing safety and security, Qognify solutions distill mountains of data into meaningful intelligence to optimise business processes, cut costs and reduce the risk, and mitigate the impact, of shutdowns and service disruptions. The company sells solutions for airports, rail, traffic management, utilities, the financial sector and other environments where even minor setbacks can cost millions of pounds in lost revenue or cause major economic disruption. We spoke to Moti Shabtai, Qognify CEO and president, about the company s suite of big-data solutions, including Qblock, Suspect Search and Operational Intelligence Center.

IFSEC Global: Please tell us about your Operational Intelligence Center? Moti Shabtai: The Operational Intelligence Center (OIC) can be described as a big data machine that sits on top of our Qognify Situator PSIM solution and provides intelligence to the security team, the operational team, the executive suite as well as the wider organisation. It correlates huge amounts of data to give a snapshot overview, along with deep insight into how the organisation is performing. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway were to be closed One sector where the OIC is proving very popular is airports. They are measured on how many connections airlines choose to have through their airport versus another. If they re not providing a good service, it costs airlines money and therefore they may choose to go with another airport. So, knowing your response times, whether you are meeting your service level agreements and being aware of the number and the root cause of flights being diverted, is vitally important. Using the OIC, an airport can run predictive analytics to assess what would happen if a runway is to be closed. How would it impact the capacity to contain landings?

When would planes need to be diverted because the airport can t absorb more landings? We have been working with one of the biggest airports in the world that is using the OIC to check how it is performing and how it is trending against its own KPIs as well as how to predict what may happen if the airport continues on a certain trend. IG: Where other than airports is the OIC useful? MS: The OIC is ideal for any mission-critical environments where the cost of business obstruction is very high. So airports, mass transit, seaports, financial institutions and utilities are key sectors for the solution. Also, smart cities initiatives around the world, where we are having conversations with governments and mayors, looking at how they can improve safety and security for their citizens, but also to optimise essential city infrastructure such as telecoms, water supply, sewer systems and traffic management. We take a sea of data which is getting bigger all the time and turn it into usable intelligence For example, we have a city that uses OIC and Situator to handle tickets for traffic violations. It has tripled the number of tickets by automating the process and making it much more efficient! So, Qognify Situator is the solution that enables operators or managers to manage situations and incidents, whereas the OIC focuses on operational intelligence and performance.

IG: Please tell us a bit about Qblock MS: Qblock is a converged IT solution for mass video storage. It s meant for those mission-critical organisations that cannot afford to lose anything and are seeking a zero-failure solution. They appreciate the benefits that network-attached storage is providing. IG: Do Qognify solutions deploy machine learning or deep learning? MS: Yes, our Suspect Search video analytics application is heavily based on both deep learning and neural networks, to analyse huge amounts of people and create a digital signature of whoever you are. IG: What kind of sectors or adjacent areas might you want to diversify into? MS: We are open to any opportunities to do with big data that complements our solution. We re a software company that specialises in finding the needle in the haystack and fast. We take a sea of data and that sea is getting bigger and bigger all the time and turn it into information and usable intelligence.

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Market trends The airport security market is projected to grow 7% a year CAGR until 2024, reaching a value of $16 billion, according to a report by Global Market Insights. With the global terror threat likely to remain for years if not decades to come, demand for the latest innovations in security technology is burgeoning. Upgrades in customs screening technology, such as x-ray scanners, millimeter wave scanners or thermal cameras, are the most obvious investments.

Airports are also keen to maintain or even accelerate throughput of, and minimise disruption to, passengers even as they deploy systems that tighten security. embedded content One innovation designed to achieve both of these once contradictory goals is ThruVis by Digital Barriers. Fifty people were screened for weapons every three minutes during the recent British Summer Time event in Hyde Park thanks to the pioneering thermal-based camera. Hitherto manual processes are increasingly automated with the global market for smart airports growing at 10.7% CAGR, according to another report, by Grand View Research. Biometric passport authentication and contactless entryway checkpoints are two examples that enhance security, while remote check-ins, sensor equipment, e-gates, RFID baggage reconciliation systems improve operational efficiency. Airports are also keen to upgrade video surveillance systems to cover wider areas with fewer cameras, and to exploit higher resolutions and video analytics technology. Suspect Search by Qognify, for instance, can identify suspicious packages, track suspicious persons and reduce the frequency of false alarms and airport shutdowns that can cost airports tens of millions of dollars. The North American airport security market is expected to grow strongly as the US government prioritises homeland security, although Asia Pacific is the fastest growing region overall. The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is experimenting with scanning technology that provides 3D images of screened cargo.

Called ConneCT the scanners are being trialled at the Phoenix Sky Harbor and Logan International Airport. Large security brands are increasingly providing end-to-end, integrated solutions that span a number of security technologies. Izmir International Airport in Turkey, for instance, has recently entered into an agreement with Tyco Security Products for the provision of unified security solutions such as access control, location monitoring, and intrusion tracking.

We recently spoke to Simon Cook, sales engineering manager EMEA and APAC at Genetec, the unified security solution provider with a huge presence in the airport market. At last count, 85 of the world s largest airports use Genetec systems, and 70% of all airports in the Middle East one of our fastest growing markets are protected by Genetec Security Center systems, Cook told us. Related Topics Can I take a knife-shaped banana on the flight?

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Airport security Who said security had to be an unremittingly earnest business? Few scenarios in modern life are fraught with more tension and frustration than airport customs (does anyone else feel nervous even though they re carrying nothing illegal?). However, the Transport Security Administration, a US body created in response to the 9/11 terror attacks, has shown it has a sense of humour via its Instagram account.

Racking up 1,320 posts and 795,000 followers, the TSA account features tongue-in-cheek requests sent in by the public, an array of confiscated weaponary and some weird and wonderful items that landed in lost property. From a knife-nana and nun-chuks to an abandoned Grim Reaper and 61 firearms seized in one week across all US airports, it s phenomenal what airport security staff find in the course of their day. Below we ve picked out some of the funniest/most shocking posts but you can check out the account itself here . Live WWI grenades Knife-nana Is it a gun or a camera? Just a week s work My, oh my Banana-based weapons are a running theme it seems Cattle prod Who has the Grim Reaper come for? Post-apocalyptic bullet-adorned mask Mummified head of Jeremy Bentham Gun mug (or mug gun?) Nun-chucks Free Download: Securing the UK s borders. Getting national security and Brexit right first time is crucial , we do not want to get this wrong.

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Smart airports The global market for smart airports is growing at 10.7% CAGR, according to a report by Grand View Research. Defined by the deployment of digital, automated and connected airport processes, smart airports are projected to be worth $25bn by 2025. Self-service check-ins, smart baggage drops and smart luggage tracking are three of the most common smart services being deployed in airports around the world.

Many smart innovations are emerging in the field at the top of the industry s priorities: security. Electronic bag tags are becoming more popular among passengers, for instance. Automated PSIM systems, meanwhile, analyse video surveillance footage to identify suspicious events such as unattended bags and enhance the efficiency of data analysis through deep-learning algorithms. And with drones a growing worry, aviation authorities are trialling a range of anti-drone technology. Software can spot and verify security problems more quickly than human staff, reducing the risk of airport closures that can cost tens of thousands of pounds per minute The traditional passport is giving way to smart passports equipped with computer chips for rapid identity verification, while biometric screening, using iris, fingerprint and facial readers, is on the rise. In what is believed to be a first for a UK airport, a remote monitoring system based on high definition video cameras is to replace the physical control tower at London City Airport. The cameras will combine to provide a full 360-degree view of the airfield. embedded content Operational efficiency While security is an overwhelming priority for airports given the terror threat, many security innovations have the added benefit of boosting operational efficiency too. Automated video analytics software can spot problems or identify false alarms more quickly than human-based monitoring, reducing the risk of airport closures that can cost tens of thousands of pounds per minute.

Patterns in the movement of passengers through the airport can be identified to generate insights that help authorities open or close check-in desks in order to manage bottlenecks. ThruVis, a thermal camera that detects both metallic and non-metallic objects concealed under clothing such as weapons or drugs, can speed up passenger screening. Developed by Digital Barriers, the cameras managed to screen 50 people every three minutes at a recent music event in London. Passengers can access real-time information on their phones about gate numbers, arrival time, check-in desks and flight bookings. Bluetooth-enabled beacons are being widely installed to provide connected airport solutions such as indoor way-finding and nearby promotional offers, based on passengers spending and usage habits. Out on the runway, aircraft can be geo-located and coordinated using real-time landing information. In the US and other developed markets, automated parking facilities which make use of ANPR systems, are becoming more widespread.

Strengthened by surging passenger numbers, Asia-Pacific will emerge as the fastest-growing region over the forecast period.

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