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The DICOS Interoperability Standard: What is it? Why is it important? Why does Analogic ConneCT support it?

Posted by Analogic Security on 9/29/17 6:47 PM
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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. 

ConneCT Interop Picture 1 copy.pngA real world example

Many airports have security screening equipment from multiple manufacturers—one for hold baggage screening, another for air cargo inspection, and a third or more for carry-on baggage. 

Many airports want to put images from these machines into a single, searchable database, to track missing items, improve productivity, or comply with regulations. How do they do that? 

Today, the answer is: spend a lot of money on a custom IT solution that is hard to maintain and grow. That is a problem. Images are the bread and butter of security screening. Not being able to share them adds costs, slows innovation, and reduces security.

DICOS – An Industry Standard for Security Equipment Image Sharing

The Digital Imaging and Communication for Security (DICOS), an industry standard developed by the U.S. National Electronics Manufacturers Association (NEMA), helps solve that problem. DICOS defines an interoperable data format for integration of security screening technologies across multiple vendor platforms. It facilitates the development and use of improved security screening technologies and third party software. 

Not all security technology vendors support DICOS — yet. But Analogic's ConneCT does. Our vision is to provide a "networkable" platform to improve security, reduce costs, and encourage innovation. And we're looking for third party software vendors to help us create applications that make security better for everyone.

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