The Federal Government says local and overseas experience has demonstrated the high deterrence value of the visible security measure of CCTV. While the Department of Transport is not being specific, it’s clear that a series of networked solutions will be required to fulfill a remote monitoring brief.

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In specific regional airports, the CCTV surveillance trial will be undertaken to enhance security by providing both the deterrence of constant surveillance and early warning of aviation security incidents.

Regional airports do not generally have the resources or capability to incorporate CCTV into the preventive security measures around their airports.

Airports under the trial will be subject to 24-hour a day surveillance, with the cameras capable of monitoring all key aspects of the airports’ operations.

Pictures from the surveillance cameras will be monitored by the Office of Transport Security Operations Centre and made available to the local police, airport and aircraft owners.

The Government has already announced $A4.4 million to enable the operations centre to work around the clock to provide for a 24/7 capability. This new centre has been dealing with the new maritime security regime and operations will now extend to dealing with aviation security matters.

The surveillance feed from the airports in the trial will support responses to any activity of interest or concern. Web-based vision will also be shared with other enforcement agencies at any point in time.