Biometric Access Control System Deployment at an International Airport

Project Description

SDI was contracted to upgrade all hardware and infrastructure required to support the biometrics component of the Access Control System at a major international Airport. The Access Control System (ACS) controls the passage of staff (not passengers) into secure and sterile areas of the airport in line with the regulatory requirements of 49 CFR 1542 and the Airport Security Plan (ASP).

In order for ACS to be fully secure, the system must address three (3) checks for an individual’s identity:

1) something they have  (ID Badges);
2) something they know (PIN code); and
3) something they are (biometric finger scan)

The airport’s current ACS encompasses only two of those factors: ID Badges and PIN codes. Currently under initial design and implementation is an emerging critical feature of security access control systems’ biometric identification (something they are). In order to accommodate this emerging technology, the airport had to add and upgrade two critical areas:

1) A fiber backbone infrastructure including modems and provide a continuous network backbone to users,
2) Upgrade present loops/channels from leased lines or  fiber modems to communicate with the access control panels.

Future access control panels will have capability to use RS232, RS485, or TCP/IP protocols to communicate with the host via the fiber backbone.

Project Goals
  • Deploy biometrics to increase security;
  • Replace obsolete and non-supported hardware/infrastructure;
  • Reissue badges for all 45,000 employees; and assist with application of new biometric technology within the airport.
Services Delivered
  • Upgrade hardware and infrastructure to support
  • Biometric devices
  • Designed, built, tested, and deployed approved biometric devices
  • Supported the badge reissuing process
Project Results

This project will have immediate impact through increased security and restricted employee access. Implementation of a highly improved badge reading system that works with the new biometric devices along with the reissuing of employee badges; all airport employees will be re-certified bringing them up to code with the new airport security level qualifications.

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