MIAMI — Qantas and Melbourne Airport are the latest to sign up for the Smart Security pilot program. The effort, the brainchild of IATA and Airports Council International (ACI), was created to help build a more passenger friendly, sustainable and efficient security process at airports like Melbourne.

The Smart Security pilot will look at ways to focus resources based on risk, using advanced security screening technologies and promoting innovations in process. The agreement for Melbourne is the fourth, joining efforts at Amsterdam Schiphol, London Heathrow and Doha’s Hamad International airports.

The pilot was created in December 2013 with a goal of providing passengers an uninterrupted journey from curb to aircraft door, where they go through the security checkpoint with minimal need to divest, where security resources are allocated based on risk, and where airport amenities can be maximized.

Smart Security has Three Parts:

  • Strengthened security – Focus resources based on risk, increase unpredictability, make better use of existing technologies, and introduce new technologies with advanced capabilities as they become available;
  • Increased operational efficiency – Increase throughput, optimize asset utilization, reduce cost per passenger, and maximize space and staff resources; and
  • Improved passenger experience – Reduce queues and waiting times and use technology for less intrusive and time consuming security screening.

IATA and ACI say the the pilot will offer: passengers receive more secure, faster, convenient and less-intrusive security screening; airlines benefit from higher customer satisfaction and reduction in departure delays; airports benefit from greater operational efficiencies and increased revenue opportunities; governments benefit from an improved ability to counter threats, ability to focus resources where risk is greatest, and leverage investment made on existing technologies; manufacturers benefit from greater use of technologies; and everyone benefits from strengthened security.

The signing of the agreement with Qantas and Melbourne Airport comes as Australia’s Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development released its “Transport Development Outlook to 2025” report, indicating a move towards outcomes-based regulation across the transport sector and a desire to see industry participants play a larger role in the “design of measures that lead to more efficient and cost effective security outcomes.”