Approved projects in the field of "Security in air traffic"

Secure transport of people, luggage, post and freight by air is an illustration of how mobile our society is and how globalised the flow of goods has become. Being an export nation, Germany is an important hub for international commerce and traffic and a key part of the complex infrastructure of international air traffic. To further increase air traffic security and adapt it to new threats with the help of innovative solutions, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research has issued a call for proposals in the field of security in air traffic. The call is part of the Federal Government’s “Research for civil security” programme.

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Completed joint projects:

CairGoLution: Real-time transparency of air cargo flows

Beladung eines Passagierflugzeugs mit Luftfracht. / Sava Alexandru

Funding codes 13N12654, 13N12655 and 13N12657 to 13N12660 and 13N12798

Much of the cargo transported by air is handled by passenger aircraft. In an effort to ensure security in air cargo transport, the CairGoLution project was seeking to develop a system that can detect when cargo containers have been tampered with. New hybrid services were planned to enhance security in tomorrow’s air cargo transport whilst also minimising the effort required and therefore the cost.

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ChemAir: Near real-time detection of hazardous chemical substances in air cargo

Um Sicherheitslücken zu schließen, ohne die Luftfrachtabfertigung zu behindern, müssen neue Technologien erforscht  werden.

Udo Kroener –

Funding codes  13N12580 to 13N12584

With both cargo volumes and terrorism risks on the rise, ensuring reliable air cargo screening is a challenge. Innovative technologies are needed in order to cope with future requirements in air traffic. This project is aiming to develop a screening system specifically for air cargo, using a mass spectrometer to detect hazardous chemical substances.

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DEFAKTOS: New strategies and methods for training passenger-screening staff

Die Fluggastkontrolle ist eine hochwertige und anspruchsvolle Dienstleistung, bei der Menschen im Mittelpunkt stehen.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Funding codes 13N12556 to 13N12558

In the face of growing passenger volumes and the continued threat of terrorist attacks, ensuring efficient air passenger screening is a difficult task. New strategies are needed to deal with future requirements in air traffic. The goal of this project is to improve the screening personnel’s ability to work autonomously, their cognitive skills and their working conditions to better equip them for future challenges and to ensure the high airport security standards are maintained.

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ESecLog: Enhanced security in the air cargo chain

Frachtkontrolle im Luftverkehr.

Panalpina Welttransport GmbH

Funding codes 13N12640 to 13N12645

With more and more cargo being transported and an increased threat of terrorist activity, ensuring efficient air cargo screening is a challenge. The EsecLog project is working on a system that would enable the identity of a cargo consignment to be verified based on its appearance and internal structure. It would also identify any tampering that takes place along the air cargo chain. The results will be evaluated in cooperation with end users, using demonstrators, and screening strategies for areas inside and outside the airport security zone will be formulated.

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RISKLES: Design and example implementation of a standardised staff development process to minimise risk in the deployment of airport security professionals

Die Qualität der Sicherheitskontrollen an Flughäfen hängt vom eingesetzten Personal ab.

Benjamin Haas –

Funding codes 13N12800 to 13N12806

Whether technical screening measures are used successfully is chiefly down to the air security professionals who work with them. The partners on the RISKLES joint project are designing and testing new development and management processes for airport security personnel, with relevant staff development, security management and knowledge management methods integrated into them. This approach will make it possible to optimise selection and training of security staff and help improve airport security further.

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SiLuFra: Secure air freight transport chains: concepts, strategies and technologies for secure and efficient air freight chains

Zugangskontrolle für das Vorfeldpersonal.

Deutsche Lufthansa AG

Funding codes 13N12729 to 13N12739

Handling air freight securely and efficiently is a monumental task. The goal of the SiLuFra project is to design processes for effective and efficient air freight screening. The intention is to frame specific recommendations for action to help ensure security in the air freight chain now and in the future.

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SoftParts: Social determinants of airport security

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Funding codes 13N12699 to 13N12671

Airport security is dependent not only on technical systems but also, to a significant degree, on expert staff, good collaboration between the various security stakeholders at the airport (e.g. police officers, private security provider staff and airport operators) and human-technology interaction. SoftParts is exploring how improved communication and collaboration between the various stakeholders affects security. The intention is that the findings will be used to optimise airport security screening and thus help increase overall security.

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