In the last year, the aviation industry, government agencies, lawmakers, the media and even the general public have realized the benefits of checkpoint CT (computed tomography) technology over the currently used 2D X-ray systems. In what seems like a nanosecond, key stakeholders have gone from asking “What is checkpoint CT?” to “How fast can checkpoint CT be deployed at airports?”
Aviation security professionals have long warned about the ability of terrorists to find new ways to attack the flying public, and since 9/11 it seems every few years we have witnessed a new, chilling example of terrorist ingenuity and flexibility.
In the United States, the development and adoption of new aviation security technology is often the result of a complex process involving not only airports, airlines, and technology manufacturers – but most notably the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and theU.S. Congress. To help make sense of this often-confusing dynamic, we turned to Michael Higdon, founder and CEO of consulting firm A1.9 Strategies LLC. Prior to starting A1.9, Higdon worked for a top 10 Washington lobbying firm and was chief of staff to U.S. Congressman Hal Rogers (R-Ky.). In total, Higdon spent 14 years on Capitol Hill working with Congressional appropriations subcommittees including Homeland Security, Transportation, Energy & Water, Defense, Interior-EPA and Agriculture.
Analogic has been leading the medical and aviation security industry in developing advanced Computed Tomography (CT) imaging and automated threat detection algorithms for decades.
American Airlines is the world’s largest commercial airline.The company connects approximately 350 destinations worldwide and serves over 500,000 passengers per day. We spent a few minutes with American’s Chief Security Officer, Mr. Jose Freig, to understand what the company is focused on and where he sees the industry going.
We wanted a big picture perspective of aviation security technology, so we interviewed Steve Wolff. After leading Marketing and Engineering for Quantum Magnetics and founding InVision Technologies, he is now an independent consultant, editorial board member of Aviation Security International Magazine, and vice chair of the Concealed Explosives Detection Workshop.
PCs, tablets, and smartphones share images seamlessly. Imagine how much less productive life would be if they couldn't? (Those of us over 40 remember, and it was painful)
But in aviation security, it's still 1995, when Apple and Windows PCs didn't talk nicely to one other. Unfortunately, most aviation security technology is not designed for secure data sharing.
In the space of just a few weeks, Analogic's ConneCT achieved critical milestones with the U.S. TSA and ECAC, the regulatory agency followed by many airports globally. These certifications mean airports worldwide can purchase and deploy the ConneCT and benefit from better security, faster throughput, and lower cost of ownership. Read the news releases on U.S. TSA and ECAC certifications.
There are a number of very good technology providers in the aviation security industry, including some that are now launching checkpoint CT solutions.
So what sets Analogic's Checkpoint CT apart from the alternatives? Why should airlines, airports, and passengers look for Analogic CT?
It's not just one reason, it's a combination of advantages that together have resulted in our industry leadership. Here are seven of the most important ones:
We're proud to announce that American Airlines, the world's largest airline and a leader in aviation technology and innovation, has chosen to partner with Analogic to use our ConneCT checkpoint system.