WASHINGTON, April 24, 2006 / -- Raytheon Company has created an Integrated Airport Security System (IASS) that makes it easier for airports to ensure the safety of passengers from their arrival at the airport to departure in the aircraft. The company will showcase this new technology at the 78th annual American Association of Airport Executives Conference in San Diego, Calif., this week.
Using a new turnkey airport security solution, Raytheon will help airport executives create a seamless relationship between airport operations and airport security without creating an additional burden on travelers or airport management.
"Raytheon has taken its expertise in systems integration and addressed it to the needs of airports," said Andy Zogg, vice president of Raytheon's Airspace Management and Homeland Security business. "Today's airport executive realizes that security concerns have to be addressed as a part of airport operations. Our system provides them a vehicle to integrate security from the outer gate to the aircraft gate."
The first practical application of Raytheon's aviation security tools will be showcased in the implementation of the New York region's Perimeter Intrusion Detection System, or PIDS.
PIDS is a recent Port Authority of New York and New Jersey project for which a Raytheon-led team will design and implement a system to protect the four airports in the New York and New Jersey region: John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia, and Teterboro.
The system will fuse information from cameras, radars, and multiple types of sensors into a single common operating picture. This will allow users to identify and respond to potential threats faster and more efficiently. It is the most comprehensive project of its kind in the United States.
The Integrated Airport Security System takes a proven approach like PIDS and integrates systems that cover:
o Access control;
o Video motion detection;
o Command and control/decision support;
o Smart fencing;
o Ground surveillance radars;
o Air traffic management; and
o Aviation operations.
"The Raytheon IASS integrates airport security components at their current level and has the capability of expanding it to a much broader level," said Zogg. "Only Raytheon has the systems integration experience to perform the range of operations and technical expertise to do it with minimal risk to the customer."
IASS is a subset of Raytheon's Homeland Security portfolio of solutions, which includes projects such as the System for Vigilance of the Amazon that protects 2 million square miles of Brazilian Amazon rainforest; US-VISIT Smart Border Alliance, for which Raytheon provides support in systems engineering, biometrics and plays a lead role in deployment activities; and Athena Maritime Domain Awareness Fusion Center, which fuses a large number of existing sensor data to provide decision makers with the real-time maritime situational awareness.
Raytheon Company (NYSE:RTN), with 2005 sales of $21.9 billion, is an industry leader in defense and government electronics, space, information technology, technical services, and business and special mission aircraft. With headquarters in Waltham, Mass., Raytheon employs 80,000 people worldwide.
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