Intergraph Corporation
Reducing the Opportunity For Threat
BY SHANE LOATES
© 2010 FrontLine Security (Vol 5, No 2)


ETS dispatcher uses Integrah CAD to respond to security incidents.

Military airports and ports are a crucial part of effective daily ­operations. The potential for becoming a target of terrorism is greater than ever before, yet military installations must often work with a limited amount of funding and technology to implement effective security measures. Security details are entrusted with developing solutions to many challenges, including:

  • Interoperability between many levels of base and military authorities to provide 24/7 vigilance
  • Ever-increasing threats to military transportation infra­structure, cargo and crew such as hijackings, chemical and biological weapons, and vehicle-born improvised explosive devices (VBIED)
  • Adherence to emerging standards and best practices
  • Increase in operations and maintenance needs
  • Lack of personnel resources and expertise
  • Balance between safety and risk with operations

Military transportation security solutions must address many different requirements – from large facilities with highly controlled access points such as airports and seaports to truck and fleet security in Canada and in foreign deployments. Traditionally, security management has occurred by employing numerous one-size-fits-all stovepipe technologies of devices, screens, keyboards, and systems. Effective responses were often thwarted by false alarms due to the lack of integration between detection and assessment technologies.

Why integration?
Integrating your transportation security systems with a solution such as those from Intergraph® gives your installation a highly ­flexible, decision support system. It fuses vast amounts of complex data from disparate security systems into an easy-to-assimilate, common operating picture to simplify monitoring, improve detection accuracy, and speed up responses to all types of security issues and threats.

Essential elements of a best-practice transportation security system
The best integrated transportation security solutions incorporate a suite of applications that work well individually or seamlessly in concert. While many current military solutions only detect and possibly assess potential security threats, end-to-end systems such as those from Intergraph enable you to prepare for, prevent, detect, respond to, and recover from an event. Integrating the ­following elements gives your military airports, seaports, and fleets the best possible defense against a security intrusion.

Communication Interfaces: Effective communication requires seamless coordination between CAD, radio, and telephone systems. Transportation security systems such as those from Intergraph provide a unified communication interfaces so urgent information is shared quickly and accurately.

Computer-Aided Dispatch/Web: The most effective transportation security systems incorporate an interactive, real-time map display with call handling, dispatching, information management, remote access, and mobile data. Intergraph’s CAD Web-based application gives your security team the power of CAD over the Internet without having special CAD software installed on a computer.

Consequence Management: Managing consequences is vital to minimizing damage and recovering from major events. The best solutions to maximize port and airport protection provide an ­environment to build and manage a response plan through the ­presentation of objectives, strategies, standard operating procedures, and checklists. Intergraph transportation security software additionally allows feedback on plan compliance is provided throughout the event life cycle to allow for status checks and corrections if necessary.

Incident Detection: Recognizing an incident has occurred is the first step in preventing or reducing harmful consequences. Incident detection provides a single environment to detect and assess transportation threats by interfacing with access control systems, intrusion detection systems, radar systems, and video analysis. By integrating multiple devices, the best integration systems present a complete picture of the target, and helps determine whether a response is warranted.

Planning and Training: Transportation security response plans must be tested and personnel trained to ensure perfect execution in the real world. The best planning and training tools such as those from Intergraph use simulation to provide a virtual-world ­experience.

Video Assessment: Choose transportation security integration solutions with video management applications to provide you with an effective way to identify a target and assess if a threat exists. The most complete transportation security integration solutions, such as those from Intergraph, provide robust tools for organizing, pre-processing, managing, and integrating geospatial data for advanced image exploitation and geospatial intelligence fusion. When used in conjunction with CAD, these offer a streamlined solution to view targets, assess threat levels, and manage appropriate responses.

Benefits seen in airport and port deployment
Military airports are continuously looking for ways to improve their ability to detect threats to their cargo and troop carrier systems, monitor the activity of crew, troop and airport personnel, advance communications between operations and security personnel, and thwart the risk of terrorist attacks. By providing a common operating picture, an integrated transportation security solution such as those from Intergraph acts as a force multiplier, providing a decision-support system that allows airports to reduce false positives, easily share and communicate vital information, and focus limited resources on confirmed threats.

Canada’s military depends on our naval forces to effectively transport military supplies, troops, and provide active defense over long distances and times out at sea. The importance of our naval bases makes them a potential target for terrorism or criminal activities. An integrated transportation security solution such as Intergraph’s helps military port security agencies protect cargo, troops, port infrastructure, and the surrounding waters; and prevent, detect, and respond to threats.

Intergraph is your transportation security expert
Canadian and international military forces, law enforcement agencies, security organizations, and intelligence agencies have all benefited from Intergraph’s thought leadership, our strong ­customer and partner relationships, and our client-driven approach. Drawing from our strong technical heritage, we have the knowledge and experience needed to secure military populations and assets, integrate disparate transportations systems, and deliver solutions that meet our customers’ most demanding requirements.  

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To learn more about Intergraph’s transportation security solutions and to discuss this article, contact shane.loates@intergraph.com.
© FrontLine Security 2010

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