Seattle, WA — February 1, 2011 — Officials at Victoria International Airport in Canada, which serves over 100,000 passengers a month, are preparing to introduce a security upgrade of advanced access control technology in two locations, following the installation of a T-DAR® stereo vision system developed by Newton Security Inc.
The Newton T-DAR systems were installed as mantraps at two employee-only access locations, one into baggage handling area, and the other an exit onto the tarmac. Airport security and public safety is increased by identifying and preventing any occurrence of “piggybacking” or “tailgating” at these sensitive sites.
These two innocuous-sounding terms are actually serious, well-recognized security threats. Piggybacking occurs when an authorized person holds a secure door open for another person who is perceived to have approved access. Tailgating is the act of an unauthorized person walking through a door without consent, following an authorized person who is unaware of their presence. Both of these violations avoid electronic authorization and bypass the capability of a security system to detect and reject a suspicious individual, or someone using an invalid or fraudulent identity pass.
The problems of piggybacking and tailgating are solved with the Newton Security T-DAR mantrap. A mantrap, or security vestibule,
is an enclosed area with one door in the public area and another door to the secure area. In the area between doors are an access control
reader and the T-DAR stereo vision camera. The
T-DAR system is a patented combination of stereo vision and sophisticated software which has the ability to identify, tag and track the human form within the mantrap area, insuring that there is only one person at a time. T-DAR only tracks humans and ignores carts, luggage and parcels.
The patented T-DAR system operates without the need of monitoring or approval from security personnel and manages the flow of authorized
airport employees between public and secure areas by ensuring that both electronically interconnected doors cannot be opened at the
same time. Only when the access control reader validates a pass and the T-DAR system detects only one person in the mantrap, is access
granted. At that point, the T-DAR system locks the public-side door and unlocks the secure-side door, allowing one person into the
secure area. Normally the entry-validation-exit process can take as little as 15 seconds. Should
T-DAR detect more than one person in the mantrap, a warning is sounded and the addition person is instructed to leave the space.
The T-DAR system has been approved by the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority and has been installed at five other sites: Edmonton International Airport, the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg, London International Airport in Ontario, Kelowna International Airport in B.C. and the Quebec International Airport. An additional benefit to each of these airports, beyond tightening security, are the savings they will realize by not having the high cost of employing 24-hour security personnel to monitor those sensitive terminal locations now covered by T-DAR.
In addition to many international airports, the T-DAR solution is utilized globally in government buildings, data centers, research laboratories, financial concerns, power plants, manufacturing sites, unmanned immigration and virtually every other category of secure areas.
About Newton Security Inc.
Seattle based Newton Security Inc is a privately held developer and the global leader in the manufacturing and supply of machine vision, single person detection systems. Newton Security products are designed to allow the quality, efficiency and cost effectiveness of computer technology to replace the human element in those security applications where the tedious nature of the job and the high cost of personnel make it difficult to maintain the necessary 100 percent effectiveness of today's security requirements. Additional information may be found at www.NewtonSecurityInc.com. ###
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Phone: (425) 251-9494