Open Architecture (OA) is set to enhance the status quo for airport security system design, installation, operation and maintenance. OA, also known as the ‘open platform’, enables the interoperability and interfacing of security screening algorithms, hardware and software from different suppliers, all within one solution. It can be applied to checkpoint, hold-baggage and cargo scanning equipment – as well as to systems of the wider ecosystem, such as queue management and flight information systems.
It is currently gaining momentum within the aviation industry, as it facilitates increased connectivity, integration and data sharing. Its implementation allows airports to incorporate new components into their screening systems through the definition of standard interfaces, which means different systems can work in tandem, talking to each other more efficiently and effectively.
“Oa Platforms Can Facilitate Operational Efficiency Because The Systems Across Different Fleets Can Be Updated With The Latest Algorithms, Supporting The Sharing Of X-Ray Images And Related Data”
Whilst there are several available solutions for addressing current operational issues facing airports, including increased connectivity, centralised image evaluation, and CT technology, OA delivers ultimate flexibility and efficiency by allowing these solutions to be applied across mixed fleets (scanners provided by different manufacturers).
Encouraging data sharing
The adoption of OA can facilitate the sharing of data between airport and security authorities around the world and allows airports to easily enhance their systems with the most advanced algorithms and software on the market to meet growing potential threats. Not only does this improve the security outcome, but it will have a positive knock-on effect on operational efficiency, passenger experience and the airport’s ability to meet evolving regulation.
OA platforms can facilitate operational efficiency because the systems across different fleets can be updated with the latest algorithms, supporting the sharing of X-ray images and related data. This means that screening results can be shared between departure, transit and arrival airports, despite airports having different fleets and service providers, potentially removing the need for passengers to be rescreened at each airport.