The events of September 11 have made the safety of air travel an important national priority. Legislators in the U.S. have mandated screening of all checked baggage, and other nations have indicated their intent to follow suit. Airport operators and planners support these security initiatives, but are eager to ensure that they do not disrupt passenger service levels.

ProModel actively supports aviation safety initiatives with expert analysis and dynamic quantitative techniques. Our unique approach allows airports to optimize baggage flows, reduce the need for capital investment, and minimize passenger delays. Our teams have demonstrated process improvements that can keep passenger waiting times well within the new guidelines being considered by ACI-NA and AAAE.

Each solution is specific to the facility configuration, passenger arrival patterns and baggage entry points of an individual airport or terminal. These and other constraints become part of a dynamic model that allows for experimentation with equipment types and sensitivity levels, changing passenger demand, varying resource levels and levels of intervention. Our analysis accounts for actual equipment performance versus vendor claims, as well as fluctuations in bag count, and statistical variations in processing times. As important, each project provides a highly visual demonstration of system performance to customers, regulators and key decision makers.

ProModel services or technology have been used to improve baggage handling or airport security in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, the Philippines, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia. For an example of one such effort, click here. ProModel also helps airports and other transportation service providers optimize performance in areas such as facility utilization, emergency response and fleet allocation.

Contact us to discuss how our aviation security solutions can help.

Here is a specific example from many of how our customers have successfully applied the ProModel technology for these applications.

Solution: Airport baggage handling and security.

Shortly after TWA flight 800 plunged in Jamaica Bay on departure from New York's Kennedy Airport, ProModel was asked to help evaluate scenarios for complete screening of checked baggage using a new screening technology. The objective was to determine what level of protection could be provided without causing passengers to miss their flights. The number of scanners and the sensitivity settings were the key experimental parameters.

The dynamic model created for this analysis was laid out on a scale drawing of the TWA terminal to ensure accurate location of the equipment within the available space. All passenger activities, from curbside unloading to aircraft boarding, were captured in the model. Different colored icons showed the number of passengers in each arriving group, and their check-in times varied accordingly. Color changes also indicated the status of individual bags within the system. Aviation security levels determined the scan rate of the screening equipment, with the number of false alerts being a function of the sensitivity setting of the individual scanner.

The modeling demonstrated the number of TNA scanners required to keep passengers and bags from missing their flights. It also shows the utilization of scanning devices and security personnel at each security level.