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Smart Security trials, permanent bag tag standard and end-to-end travel improvements top IATA"™s agenda
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Smart Security trials, permanent bag tag standard and end-to-end travel improvements top IATA"™s agenda

When IATA and ACI announced at the end of last year that they were collaborating on the Smart Security project, industry interest was naturally high, but questions have since been asked about how the project differs to its predecessor, Checkpoint of the Future, and what exactly the project entails.

So, when we caught up with Paul Behan, IATA"™s Head "“ Passenger Experience, at FTE Europe 2014 in London, we quizzed him on what the project means for the industry, what the next steps are and how it will benefit the passenger in the long-term. In addition, with permanent and home-printed bag tags high up on the agenda for a number of airports and airlines, we were keen to find out what IATA is doing in this area, as well as the latest developments regarding the long-running Fast Travel project.
IATA/ACI Smart Security

Smart Security was announced in December last year with the aim of providing passengers with a secure security checkpoint that involves minimal inconvenience and enables the allocation of security resources based on risk. The project is significant because it marks the first collaboration between IATA and ACI in the security area, and as Behan explained to FTE, the collaboration was a natural next step in order to help the project move from "˜concept"™ to "˜reality"™.

"Checkpoint of the Future was our initial foray into new generation screening and the reason we had "˜future"™ was because we really didn"™t know at that stage how this thing would pan out," he said. "For the last couple of years what we"™ve been doing is effectively developing a series of blueprints for execution in 2014, 2017 and 2020.

"We were working with ACI on the periphery in the management groups that we had set up and we felt that as we were going into execution mode in 2014, it made far more sense to actually deal directly with ACI and of course they can help us drive these programmes through the airport community, which is their remit. So it made perfect sense. The reason we changed the title was very, very simple: the future"™s here. We will be launching pilots this year and ACI will help us drive those with the airport community. It really was a simple case of the right move at the right time."
Smart Security trials at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, London Heathrow plus one other airport

The first Smart Security trials in a live airport environment will start this year, with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and London Heathrow providing the initial test-beds. However, Behan revealed to FTE that IATA is hoping to secure the participation of a third, as yet unnamed airport, very soon.

While the exact details of the trials are still to be finalised, Behan explained that they will each last for a minimum of three to six months, "however some trials may extend beyond that".

"We"™re fine-tuning the actual components," he stated. "What we did in 2012/2013 was a series of technology and process trials over a number of components, some six components, so we"™re working with Amsterdam and Heathrow to develop the programme for a range of components for that location. So for example, we will look to do a technology component, we will look to do…

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