Airports have to constantly live with the possibility of a terror attack. A single terror threat —hoax or serious — can lead to lockdown of an airport, or partial suspension of services, costing the affected airline a whopping Rs 1-2 crore and causing major inconvenience to passengers.
As per the current standard procedure, right after a threat call, some flights are cancelled and others delayed. An already airborne flight is forced to land at the nearest airport (wasting expensive fuel). While the bomb squad and airline officers search the plane and its passengers, a few more flights get delayed. Imagine the task in front of airport security, checking the baggage of 100-200 passengers.
Now consider this: Airports Authority of India manages 125 airports, which include 18 international airports, seven Customs airports, 78 domestic airports and 26 civil enclaves at defence airfields. It’s a daunting task for AAI to manage the security, cyber threats and surveillance, all together.
That said, AAI has deployed NetApp solutions following the need to focus on strengthening security of vital installations and airports. A number of steps were taken in the recent past for increased efficiency in safety management, including deployment of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) for airport security, latest and state-of-the-art X-ray baggage inspection systems and premier security and surveillance systems.
AAI has deployed NetApp’s storage platform that provides cutting-edge video analytics at the Authority’s 12 airports, to begin with. Aligned with its existing roadmap, the NetApp Video Surveillance Storage platform (VSS) will support video monitoring and connect the 12 airports in real-time to Committee of Secretaries on Aircraft Hijack, an apex government body situated at the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
Concerns over security and terrorism have driven the creation of massive video surveillance infrastructure — increasing the demand for video storage. With the deployment of VSS, NetApp provides highly efficient systems to manage world-class density and scalability of big data at AAI airports. NetApp’s central storage will help AAI retain data in the long term, which can be used as evidence and also for analysis.
When we contacted AAI, the officer-in-charge declined to give details on airport locations due to security issues and confidentiality.
With VSS, AAI can efficiently manage large volumes of video analytics and data to build a virtual infrastructure and better monitoring of important airports across India. NetApp provides a complete line of external storage systems designed to meet today’s challenges leading to intelligent video security.
India’s surveillance market
According to 6Wresearch, the Indian video surveillance market is projected to grow at a CAGR of over 13 per cent from 2016 to 2022.
Until 2015, analogue video surveillance systems captured the majority of the market owing to low cost and ease of installation. However, the analogue video surveillance systems market is gradually becoming mature and is being overtaken by IP surveillance systems.
Keeping this in view, the demand for efficient and reliable storage technologies is at an all-time high and the global data storage bigwigs — EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, IBM, Oracle and now NetApp — are set to play a bigger role in India in the domain of security.