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Navtech Radar keeps airport costs low with AdvanceGuard perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS)

With its AdvanceGuard radar-based perimeter intrusion detection systems (PIDS) installed at 16 major European airports, Oxford, UK Navtech Radar believes it has attained the proper balance between technology and manned guard service, according to company executive Jason Burger, who indicated that all of the Navtec systems are compliant with the standards and recommended practices of the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ISAC) security manual 8973.

“Security breaches can result in huge losses due to the evacuation process or temporary closure of an airport,” Burger said, “especially in commercial airports with very large perimeters that are very expensive and difficult to secure, particularly in adverse weather conditions. Additionally, the frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) 76GHz technology, with robust design of the radars and the ability to operate 24/7 in all light and weather conditions including dense fog make AdvanceGuard the preferred technology for airport operations and security services.”

According to Burger, the AdvanceGuard system also enables low installation and the overall cost of ownership that is very competitive compared to traditional fence detection systems, and the radar surveillance technology can deliver further cost-saving by re-addressing the balance between technology and manner security guarding by offering 360 degree radius detection with a range of up to 1,000 meters of man detection. Multiple overlapping sensors can also be networked to offer site wide security coverage, controlled and monitored via a single PC running AdvanceGuard’s sophisticate physical security information management software.

Speaking of his experience with Navtech’s technology, Fernando Garcia Rodrigues, Facility and Security Project Manager of the Valencia Airport says, “We had a number of main issues we wanted to address with the new wide area surveillance solution. We needed to detect intrusions to the airport area, follow intruders once inside the airport, and avoid expensive civil work. We had to cover a huge area but had no tube bank or any other canalisation available for cabling as well as minimize communication and power costs. We further wanted to have the same alarm rate and response in any weather or light conditions and present a friendly and easy-to-use system for the operators. Now, we have a solution with a very low false alarm rate, we can distinguish between ‘friend’ and ‘intruder’ and in the latter case follow the intruder -- which makes it much easier, and faster, to direct the intercepting security patrols.”

Chris Ware, Head of Security at Bristol Airport recounted that “We selected AdvanceGuard based on its all-weather capabilities and operational experience at other airports. A further major factor was that the solution demonstrated the lowest false alarm rate which was demonstrated during testing. We have a lot of fog in Bristol and it was critical that the new solution could cope with that, as well as rain and snow. The AdvanceGuard solution also gives us superior track and trace capability in comparison to other types of technology solutions we looked at. To date, the system has met all our expectations. I would like to highlight that the benefits also include automatic tracking capability and rule-and zone setting flexibility within the witness2 software suite. The system’s alarm log and operator acknowledgement features also provide an audit trail for both employer and employee. Hence, staff can be seen to have followed procedures because there is now a security system in place that documents that they have done so.”

Navtech Radar is the forerunner in the design and manufacture of high accuracy, cost-effective security and safety systems, which combines the company’s exclusive long range millimeter wave radar technology and the sophisticated witness2 analytical software. With an impressive application portfolio, which includes wide-area security surveillance, traffic management and incident detection, as well as industrial automation, Navtech Radar has gained a well-deserved reputation for technology and service excellence.

More information can be found at www.navtechradar.com.


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