Airports Council International (ACI) World has launched the first ACI Certificate in Smart Security which it says will introduce participants to the core concepts of this globally-established programme.
The certificate is offered via an online course by ACI World’s Global Training division and is designed for airport security managers, supervisors and those with security personnel, including service providers with airport security responsibilities.
ACI World said the certificate forms a new component of the Smart Security programme which assists airports and screening authorities in adopting innovative solutions that strengthen security procedures, increase operational efficiency, and improve the passenger experience.
The aim is to help airports deliver positive changes in the effectiveness, efficiency and customer experience of primary passenger screening checkpoints.
Angela Gittens, Director General, ACI World commented: “With growing passenger numbers, airports simply cannot keep creating more space or adding staff to accommodate the growing demand at the checkpoint. We need to find ways of being smarter about security and recognise that there is not one solution for all airports.
“ACI is uniquely positioned to guide airports and aviation stakeholders on innovative and integrated solutions that are in line with regulatory requirements and are tailored to the unique conditions and facilities of the airport. The Smart Security initiative has been successful in piloting, monitoring and drawing lessons from various new initiatives that have been implemented at passenger checkpoints around the world.”
ACI concluded that upon completion of this course participants will be able to better understand the benefits and challenges of introducing Smart Security concepts, recognise the key issues to be considered when deploying Smart Security solutions in their airport and know how to develop a business case justifying security checkpoint projects or investments.
Course topics include: checkpoint management, cabin baggage and passenger screening, centralised image processing and checkpoint design and automation.
To strengthen this course offering, ACI World will later this year publish new handbooks on Insider Threats and Cyber Security.