Airport security market set for years of strong growth amid perpetual terror threat

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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Consultant: UN Women, Implementation of Women, Peace, and …

UN Women is seeking to hire a consultant to update its e-learning course on implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security with new information, case study and empirical data. The e-learning course was developed in 2007 in response to the requests of the Security Council to raise awareness and promote implementation of the Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including through advocacy and capacity development. Since that date four new WPS resolutions have been passed and a great deal of policy and programmatic innovation has taken place in the fields of conflict prevention, resolution, peacekeeping and peace building. These developments need to be reflected in this basic introductory e-learning course. The course is intended to build understanding of the content and intent of these resolutions, as well as to establish a basic aptitude in gender and conflict analysis and linked operational measures such as developing a national action plan or adapting institutional practices (for instance in security sector, foreign policy or justice institutions) to implement these resolutions.

Resolution 1325 (2000), unanimously adopted by the Security Council in October 2000 under the Presidency of Namibia, is regarded as one of the most influential documents in establishing the legitimacy of addressing women s and gender issues in the areas of peace and security. The Resolution provides a framework that makes the pursuit of gender equality relevant to every conflict-related action, ranging from mine clearance to elections to security sector reform. In subsequent years an architecture of Women Peace and Security norms and actions have evolved via follow-up resolutions 1820 (2008), 1888 (2009), 1889 (2009) and 1960 (2010).

While all major stakeholders need to take responsibility for the full implementation of these resolutions, Member States in particular should ensure that they are integrated into their national policies and training programmes to make their implementation systematic and sustainable. In keeping with the spirit and objectives of the resolution, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), is determined to continue strengthening the implementation of these resolutions at the regional and national levels through awareness-raising and capacity-building.

Two initial e-learning courses, mainly focussed on UNSCR 1325, with specific content appropriate to Latin America and the Caribbean on the one hand and Africa on the other, was developed in 2007 . The

Peace Operations Training Institute (POTI) collaborated in the production and dissemination of these two e- learning training courses.

The courses consist of common modules in its first half that focus on general information about United Nations and its intergovernmental architecture for addressing the women, peace and security agenda. Region-specific modules address the nature and impact of conflict on women in Latin America and the Caribbean, and Africa. This approach provides both courses with the necessary common foundation but also addresses the specificity of the women, peace and security issues in these two regions.

The Peace Operations Training Institute has been responsible for administering the e-learning course to a broad audience. The Latin America course was released 27 April 2011 and has averaged 232 enrolments per month for a total of 1862 through the end of 2011. The Africa course was released 11 July 2011 and has averaged 249 enrolments per month for a total of 1373 through the end of 2011.