For over 30 years traffic and transportation systems have been targets of attacks. In light of the high visibility and its corresponding symbolic value, and due to the fatal and sustainable secondary effects, air traffic and the important air- and seaports in particular are potential targets of attack. The mere announcement of a potential attack might already cause high financial losses!
Therefore, the security of airports is a problem of particular criticality. In the years to come, numerous developments can be foreseen which have the potential to increase risks: the growth in numbers of passengers and volume of freight, the associated space requirements, the increasing density of flights, larger aircraft (Airbus 380), employee liabilities (insider threats), bigger shopping areas etc. Up to now critical areas such as the cargo area are more or less unprotected. Therefore, new airports, airports with substantial developments and airports which lack necessary modernisation programmes are of particular interest.
A second focus particularly lies on the sea-based container traffic. Regulations have been implemented (due to pressure on part of the USA), which are mainly limited to intercontinental sea traffic. However, prior to loading and after unloading, effective security measures barely exist (i.e., inland navigation), but also maritime traffic still bears great risks.
The CESS Approach
Enterprises tend to judge investments into security as cost which reduce profits. CESS´ focus lies on security solutions which increase efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Experience gained from the construction of Terminal 4 of JFK Airport and the Siemens Airport Security Centre offered promising approaches.
Airport planners & operators, harbour authorities, aviation industry, governmental and regional authorities, European Union.