US Airport adopts AI remote security tech

  • August 18, 2021
  • William Payne

Security specialist AITX has received a six unit order for the company’s ROSA180 AI-driven remote security intelligence systems from a major US airport authority. The systems will be used to secure airport perimeters and provide enhanced security for airports administered by the authority.

Although not disclosed, the authority involved operates a number of airports and the systems are likely to be deployed at more than one airport.

According to speculation on the Internet, the airport authority involved is the City of Philadelphia Division of Aviation, with the intended airport being Philadelphia International Airport. The procurement of the remote security units is tied to the $40 million expansion of the airport, including the construction in the first phase of an aircraft parking perimeter, which is costed at $2 million.

ROSA180 (Responsive Observation Security Agent) is a compact, self-contained, security and communication solution that can be deployed in about 15 minutes. It only requires power as it includes necessary communications hardware. ROSA180’s AI-driven security analytics include human and vehicle detection, license plate recognition, responsive digital signage and audio messaging, and complete integration with RAD’s software suite notification and response library. Two-way communication is optimised for cellular, including live video from ROSA180’s dual high-resolution, full-colour, always-on cameras.

The airport authority is expected to deploy the 6 ROSA180 units to perform enhanced detection and deterrence of trespassers and other unauthorised intruders to parking garages and other secure areas.

The systems will be delivered by AITX subsidiary Robotic Assistance Devices (RAD), a start-up that delivers robotics and artificial intelligence-based solutions. RAD developed its advanced security robot technology from the ground up including circuit board design, and base code development. This allows RAD to have control over design elements, performance, quality and the user’s experience of security robots.

“We’re going to deliver great value to this highly visible client. This order from this major airport authority is very exciting for us,” said Steve Reinharz, CEO of RAD. According to AeroWeb, the Top 10 U.S. airports accommodate over 350 million passengers annually. “The success of this deployment will likely blow open the doors for similar opportunities at airports around the globe. It’s very rewarding to see how major organisations are embracing RAD solutions as they seek to enhance their security profile, while at the same time reducing their costs. And RAD helps them get there.”