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Open Network Architecture 101: What Is It? Why Is It Important for Airports and Aviation Security?

Posted by Analogic Security on 1/24/17 12:52 PM
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Imagine it’s the early 1990s.

“Macarena” is at the top of the music charts. Airport checkpoints are deploying 2D X-Ray systems. And if you want your computers to “talk” to each other—you have to build your own Internet, because many computer manufacturers use proprietary, or "closed," technology standards. “Open” technology standards, or IT network architectures, are just starting to be used.


Fast forward to 2017. People expect their smartphones, apps, and computers to work seamlessly with each other. Businesses remotely monitor power plants and share medical information across continents. All this is made possible by “open network architectures.” But some things have not changed. 2D X-Ray systems are still being deployed by airports, and these systems still have their own proprietary standards. This makes it expensive for airports to securely share data, monitor performance, or take advantage of innovations.

Aviation experts in security technology need to move into the 21st century. The US TSA’s Five Year Technology Plan calls for “an open architecture framework and a system of systems perspective.” The ACI - IATA Smart Security initiative promotes the goal that airport security screening technology should work together to enable process improvements such as remote screening.

Analogic has decades of experience supporting open network architectures. Our medical technology supports remote system monitoring and service diagnostics, as well as telehealth. One of the most important features of our new ConneCT checkpoint security system is that it is designed to support the DICOS standard, a secure networking protocol developed in collaboration with airport regulators and industry. This means the ConneCT is designed to be much less expensive to maintain and much easier to upgrade as security innovations occur.

Are secure open network architectures important to you? To share your thoughts, or learn more about Analogic’s approach to security technology, contact Jon Stone, our global director of sales.

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