Research Projects

Using Security Automation as a Revenue Stream

Airports parking garages use automated license plate scanning in support or in lieu of paper tickets to establish fee payments. This technology might also be used to identify vehicles that might cause a threat and vehicles that might have civil or criminal enforcement issues.

The airport vehicle monitoring system and parking garages could be linked to local and national law enforcement centers to validate vehicle licenses on airport grounds and identify those with security, safety or civil enforcement issues. The airports could establish a fee for service contract with these organizations and collaborate to facilitate the response and resolution of these vehicles under question.

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

A number of airports in Europe use automated scanning to ensure the license plate matches the make-model of the car and that there are no outstanding citations against the car or active warrants. Vehicle under question are tracked to their parking location and then law enforcement is notified to investigate. If the violation is correct, the airport receives a finder's fee. This is a relatively small investment and minimal risk for the airport while ensuring airport facilities are not used for criminal activities such as hiding stolen cars or vehicles from potential criminal or security risk individuals.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Identification of potential protocols are the operation of such a system along with cost-benefit analysis that airports could follow the determine if the installation of this system would meet their safety and financial policies.

Approach (Describe in general terms the steps you think are needed to achieve the objective.)

Case studies of airports that have similar programs and their lessons learned and value of the programs.

Automation study for the scope and availability of such equipment.

Checklist for the letters of understanding between law enforcement and the airport.

Risk management considerations.

Cost Estimate and Backup (Provide a cost estimate and support for how you arrived at the estimate.)

The scope of this work to collect information from national and international airports and equipment manufacturers would be 1 year with 3 months for collection of information, 3 months for analysis, 3 months for report writing and 3 months for review. This would require approximately 120 hours per phase or 480 hours for the project. Labor cost at $110 per hour plus $10,000 for printing and office equipment. Total is 62,800.

Related Research - List related ACRP and other industry research; describe gaps (see link to Research Roadmaps above), and describe how your idea would address these gaps. This is a critical element of a synthesis topic submission.


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Idea No. 548