ADT NZ swoops on Auckland Airport
by Security Electronics and Networks | @Articles Case Studies | March 21, 2013, 7:00am AEDT
AUSTRALASIA’S second busiest international airport, Auckland Airport is served by more than 20 international airlines and has been voted as one of the 10 best airports in the world three years in a row. A major driver of the economy, 70 per cent of visitors enter or leave New Zealand via Auckland Airport, which handles over 14 million passengers a year and contributes $NZ17 billion to the local economy.
“Security is a crucial part of airport management and the CEM Systems solution offered by ADT Security will provide an outstanding level of security for staff, passengers and the public,” said Anil Varma from Auckland Airport.
“The CEM AC2000 AE is a proven security management system and is in use in major airports throughout the world. With the upgrade to this new system, careful planning and preparation is vital so as not to compromise airport security at any time. We are confident that the ADT Security team has the experience and technical expertise to achieve this,” Varma said.
The sophisticated AC2000 AE is the industry’s only airport-specific access control system and is considered one of the most reliable and resilient airport security solutions. Its flexibility means that the system can be customised to meet the specific needs of each airport and integrated with external security systems such as network video systems.
The AC2000 AE incorporates a host of aviation-specific features including check-in desk enabling, passenger mode and air-bridge monitoring. The access card technology has one of the highest levels of encryption technology, protecting the airport against cloning and illegal copying.
The use of CEM portable card readers was central to the security upgrade at Auckland Airport. These readers enable on-site airport security staff to validate cards at remote sites or areas with no mains power supply and they can also be used as mobile devices for random checks in emergency evacuations. The readers offer the flexibility of setting up controlled access points instantly, without having to physically commission a fixed access controlled door.
The system at Auckland Airport will utilize powerful AC2000 software modules including CEM’s AC2000 VIPPS (Visual Imaging and Pass Production System), which allows security personnel to produce passes and access rights for staff and visitors. The Airport will also use AC2000 WEB Visitors which will enable system users to request and manage temporary cardholders (visitors) via a standard web browser.
AC2000 T&A (Time and Attendance module) will also be installed, offering easy to read reports of employee In and Out times. The Airport will also use AC2000 Failover to create a system with a high level of redundancy. AC2000 Failover provides the ability to create and maintain a copy of the main AC2000 server. In the event that the main server fails, the AC2000 Failover server will immediately take over until such times as the main server is restored.
The use of CEM S3030 portable card readers was key to the security upgrade at Auckland Airport. These readers enable on-site airport security staff to validate cards at remote sites or areas with no mains power supply and they can also be used as mobile devices for random checks in emergency evacuations.
“Our team will work to complete the installation of the CEM AC2000 system at Auckland Airport with minimum disruption to airport operations” said David Tombs, national manager – commercial, ADT Security New Zealand.
“The CEM portable readers will enable us to manage the system switchover without any loss of access integrity. We will also be using existing cabling at the airport to complete the installation, keeping the project cost effective and delivered on time.”
Andrew Fulton, senior director global sales at CEM Systems is also pleased with the win.
“Being awarded the contract to secure Auckland Airport is another significant win for CEM,” Fulton said. “CEM has a proven history of understanding the dynamics and needs of airports and the industry-leading CEM AC2000 system has been used to secure airports around the world for over 20 years; Auckland Airport joins some of the world’s most prestigious airports in selecting CEM Systems.”