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Secretary General's Report: Addition to my earlier "Notes from the ICAO Global Aviation Security Sym

Friday, October 6, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Addition to my earlier “Notes from the ICAO Global Aviation Security Symposium” of 12-14 September

I promised to continue covering the AVSEC Symposium, and today I want to share some thoughts which go beyond this symposium, but had been prompted by some encounters there.


On the picture below you see a pleasant face of a girl wearing sort of a helmet.



It’s not for protection. It’s a set of sensors which pick up signals from the brain. And the girl herself is sitting in front of the monitor looking at the hand language in the airport security area. She does not have to report a suspicious item – the sensors pick up signals from the brain and transmits them to the supervisor. According to the company which has been exhibiting this innovation, UK based Osprey Flight Solutions, this process is 20 times faster than the oral reporting.



There is no change in accuracy because the source of the information is the same, there is only increased efficiency. I am neither assessing the reliability of this method, nor am I promoting it. My point is different – the company officials, and Oren Sapir, the President, among them concentrated exclusively on the passenger side of the aviation business and didn’t have any plans for considering air cargo as a candidate for security checks. After extensive discussion with him we agreed that we should renew the discussion and that neglecting the air cargo side was an omission in their business plans.





Going further I’m sharing with you yet another interesting example of innovative technologies which was brought to the symposium by Swiss based “Tudor tech” company. The picture below shows how their scanning system is towering over an aircraft.





They claim that within five minutes they are able to receive a complete picture of everything what is inside of the aircraft, including small cavities.





My discussions with the security experts and the Chairman of TUDOR company, Mircea Tudor himself, showed that this technology is perfectly suitable for large containers as well as for the overall aircraft content, but again the TUDOR company didn’t give any consideration to the air cargo side of the industry.


These are just two examples of how sometimes we are bypassed at the stage of design and development of new technologies, and where it needs to be quite proactive to draw attention to its utilization in the air cargo industry. TIACA has been continuing playing this role.


Vladimir Zubkov

Secretary General


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