The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will install body scanners at major airports across the country, including Delhi and Mumbai.
According to officials, trials of body scanners have been conducted recently at airports in Delhi, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai, where some shortcomings have been observed. “Now, the Bureau of Civil Aviation Safety (BCAS) has established a ‘Technical Subcommittee’ to review, evaluate and recommend testing guidelines and protocols for testing the Full Body Scanner,” they said. declared.
CISF officials also said they had tested two technologies – backscattered X-rays and millimeter wave technology and the force had decided to adopt the latter due to the lower radiation emitted by it. However, the pandemic has delayed the installation process and it is now a top priority for stakeholders, they added.
The CISF also carried out a trial of the “body-worn camera” which was conducted at Delhi and Mumbai airports. This camera records the conversation between the CISF staff at the airports and the passenger.
Citing one incident, a senior Force official said a passenger charged at security personnel after being asked to remove his shoes, but his aggression subsided when he noticed a hand-held camera on the body of the passenger. security personnel recording his movement.
The Gendarmerie also conducted trials of the latest scanners, known as CT-XBIS (Computed Tomography) for cabin baggage. This X-ray machine or device combines a computed tomography (CT) imaging system with an advanced explosives detection system (EDS), which provides enhanced, real-time, high-resolution, three-dimensional images of the controlled object at airports.
It has the ability to accurately detect hidden explosives in luggage and can highlight them by displaying clear, crisp images, officials said.
Following the Ministry of Civil Aviation’s instruction on digital biometric passenger processing at airports called “Digi Yatra”, a pilot project of Digi Yatra was conducted at airports in Mumbai, Varanasi and Bangalore.
The Digi Yatra envisions a connected ecosystem enhancing the seamless travel experience for passengers and simultaneously improving safety.
CISF and BACS are planning to install the “Facial Recognition System” and the trial of Digi Yatra has been carried out at Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi airports.
Officials also said the CISF is also working on an express security check-in facility for passengers at a few locations.
Under this system, passengers traveling with hand baggage only are not required to proceed to the check-in area but directly to the Pre-Board Security Check (PESC) area. Officials said that this E-Expressway corridor will soon be implemented at all airports under CISF.
The CISF currently provides security at 64 airports, including airports operated by joint ventures and public-private partnerships
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Posted: Sunday, March 20, 2022, 2:13 PM IST