Ben Gurion International Airport

About the Customer

Located near Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion International Airport is Israel’s largest and busiest airport, and it ranks among the top five airports in the Middle East and serving some 15 million passengers  a year.

As both a prominent potential target for terrorist attacks and a major international transportation hub, it maintains varied and highly effective security solutions at all times, including Israel Police officers, Israel Defense Forces and Border Police soldiers, as well as uniformed and undercover airport security guards. Airport officials turned to Magna when they decided to add yet another security  layer specific to a major renovation project.


The Challenge

The airport was undertaking an extensive project of widening the runways, and that endeavor necessitated new real-time intruder detection solutions in a bustling environment and across a terrain that was constantly being reshaped by the work. The task was complicated by the frenetic level of activity always found at a major airport, as well as the renovation work itself. An effective solution had to have the capacity to detect human movement in isolation from the constant noise, lights, and movements of planes, service vehicles, and construction activity. Beyond that, the airport also required a solution to detect intruders in adjacent waterways that could not be blocked to humans and were not otherwise protected by electronic detection systems.


Phase 1: Site Survey

In Phase 1 of the project, we conducted a comprehensive survey of the site and an analysis of existing detection capabilities, while further identifying and assessing potential areas of weakness or vulnerability.

In the course of that preliminary exercise, we identified a number of potential problem areas that required carefully tailored problem-specific solutions in addition to our overarching approach. These included the waterways, which could not be hermetically sealed off from a human intrusion, and factors such as wind currents from the air traffic, high levels of vehicular and foot traffic in service areas, multiple confusing light sources, and the certainty of inclement weather over the course of the construction project.

We then incorporated appropriate area-specific solutions into the comprehensive plan.


Phase 2: Solution Implementation

In Phase 2, we successfully implemented the intruder detection solutions in order to achieve and maintain optimal security throughout the target areas. This involved a multifaceted strategy that utilized Magna’s sophisticated 3D imaging systems in concert with our unique self-learning software to provide for continuous real-time monitoring of every inch of the area being protected from a single control room. The three-dimensional and high definition images generated enabled security personnel not only to detect even minor movements, but also to clearly identify and assess the nature of the movement.

Magna’s sophisticated electro-optic cameras and intelligent video analysis software also answered the need to continuously and thoroughly monitor the vulnerable waterways.

The system’s ability to “learn” and adapt to prevailing conditions and filter data accordingly allowed us to  address and effectively eliminate the potentially confusing “noise” from the identified sources including wind, weather, the legitimate activities of operations and construction, and changing lighting patterns.

In addition to meeting every client specification fully, we also succeeded in delivering a reliable and proven detection solution for the duration of the renovation project, and doing so at a substantial savings for the airport. Rather than install a physical system appropriate for long-term use, we recommended and installed a much more cost-effective mobile system that provided full protection at much less cost.

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