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Analytics for Human Information: Airport Protection with 24/7 Automated Intelligent Surveillance

JoeLeung ‎06-20-2014 07:16 AM - edited ‎02-19-2015 01:24 PM

A short while ago, a 16-year-old runaway successfully breached San Jose Airport’s security and gained entry into a plane which eventually took off with the illegal passenger on board. According to a news article from San Jose Mercury News, San Jose Airport’s spokesperson, Rosemary Barnes said that cameras did not capture the perimeter breach, but that there is surveillance footage of "an unidentified person walking on the airport ramp and approaching" the plane.  Local ABC News reported that airport officials acknowledged that there is video of a person lurking around the Hawaiian Airlines jetliner early Easter morning, but they did not see the video until after the teen reached Hawaii.


How was the teenage boy not noticed? While many might wonder why there was surveillance but no intervention, the critical issue exposed here is quite common with many surveillance systems today.


Business Challenge:

Large facilities like airports operate on an extensive security infrastructure including surveillance which is often monitored by human operators. The massive amount of surveillance data is pushing the current approach to its breaking point.



In today’s world of new and emerging threats, there is an increasing need for airports (which are high profile targets) to tap into their surveillance data for actionable intelligence, in order for major security gaps to be closed and disasters to be averted. This calls for a new approach where data is analyzed in real-time for threat detection, and automated workflows trigger immediate alerts so appropriate mitigation measures can be taken. 



HP Surveillance is a comprehensive and automated solution where security operators can leverage video, text and audio data from virtually any source (e.g. scene, face, license plate, vehicle make/model, database, email, social media, noise, etc.) to gain 360 degree intelligence about their environments. 

In the case of the San Jose Airport incident, HP Surveillance, which is already in operation protecting military bases in extremely high risk combat environments, could have been used to automatically analyze all surveillance footage along the perimeter and around the aircraft for real-time suspicious activity detection and alert.  While we are all thankful for the outcome in San Jose, it is imperative to bear in mind that public safety cannot be left to chance for we may not be as fortunate next time.


For more information, click here to download our new brochure, Automated intelligent surveillance – The HP Surveillance solution for airports.  




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Analytics for Human Information: HP’s HAVEn - Delivering Operational Omniscience through Big Data by Chris Surdak
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Joe has over 13 years of experience in technology marketing and is currently focused on the analytics solution portfolio. Prior to this role, he was responsible for product marketing of the enterprise application data management solution.

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