2024 Aviation Trends: Optimizing Airport Operations with AI and Advanced Solutions

It is imperative that aviation stakeholders bring automation to operations to deal with the unprecedented growth of air travel and corresponding operational challenges. A key consideration of the automation is Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimize operations. With vast amounts of both historical and real-time data, airports need a way to process, analyze and operationalize that information in a timely manner to provide real-time decision making.

There are myriad use cases that would benefit by implementing AI capabilities: passenger operations, baggage handling operations, retail and hospitality, building and facilities management, ground handling operations and maintenance, runway operations and more. The real value proposition to airports is eliminating the need for ongoing, manual data analysis to enable optimization activities. Bringing automated, real-time decision making to personnel on a proactive basis allows an objective, data-driven decision to be suggested as a decision opportunity per operational parameters at any given time. For example, an airport could scale passenger processing operations based on real-time traveler populations to make immediate staffing and facilities-oriented decisions and appropriately accommodate throughput.

Other examples of the aviation industry using AI include Boeing and Airbus analyzing in-flight data to optimize fuel economy, operations and safety. Airlines’ chatbots are boosting customer service and engagement by offering an immediate information resource based on everyday questions. AI technology is increasing efficiencies of baggage handling, predictive aircraft maintenance and repair, dynamic pricing models for travel reservations and more.1

However, there’s a consensus that humans need to remain in the loop in overseeing AI validity and performance.

At the recent Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE), NEC joined more than 300 exhibitors showcasing the latest technologies and advancements in the aviation industry. The high energy event featured lively discussions about AI and intriguing demos of leading-edge solutions to ensure safe, secure and seamless passenger experiences.

We’re continuously innovating to elevate passenger experience, as well as streamline operations for the aviation industry.

For example, NEC I:Delight offers personalized, safe and secure interactions across countless locations and situations. We integrate the physical and digital in a single user managed and maintained digital ID.

NEC’s other advanced solutions for the aviation industry include:

  • Decentralized Identity (DID) Enrollment and Authentication – Digital enrollment using the NEC I:Delight platform on IOS/Android/Microsoft devices. Shorter lines, faster identification, touchless services and a personalized customer experience.
  • Traveler Verification Service (TVS) – A turnkey cloud native service to manage day of travel biometric identities in coordination with government systems and services. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Air Exit program relies heavily on TVS.
  • Multimodal Authentication – High-speed, high-precision authentication even when individuals wear masks, goggles and gloves. The solution maintains highly accurate, touchless authentication accuracy without compromising security or convenience.
  • Gateless Access Control– Real-time identity authentication and face recognition with world-class accuracy. Eliminates the need for gates, authentication devices and guarded security at entrances.
  • Mobile Boarding – Secure, automated passenger verification solution designed to streamline passenger boarding while maintaining the highest level of security and public safety.
  • Baggage Analytics – Object detection solution based on real-time video streaming and analytics, including AI-based baggage counting and estimation to inform business decisions, resource allocation and more.
  • NEC Intelligent Perimeter Detection System (IPIDS) – Detects physical border and facility breach using fiber optic sensing and self-modifying, machine-learning-based AI. Outstanding alternative to expensive and high maintenance video surveillance systems.
  • Kurumie Runway Analytics – NEC’s Vision AI and Analytics system uses dashcam video to allow airport staff to inspect and prioritize maintenance. They can monitor existing damage to ensure repairs are planned efficiently.

Learn more about the ways NEC can help you take travel to new heights with Digital ID. Contact us today. 

Source:
  1. Navigating the Skies with AI: How Airlines are Transforming Air Travel,” Forbes

Gateway to Innovations in Biometric Solutions – Join the IBA User Group!

Stay in the know about the latest innovations in biometric solutions – from fingerprint and facial recognition to iris matching, voice, DNA and other modalities.

Now is an ideal time to join the International Biometrics Association (IBA) – annual membership is ONLY $45!

IBA is a user group comprised of a diverse group of local, state, national, and international identification management professionals who use NEC solutions and are actively engaged in biometric technologies.

Our members are subject matter experts and experienced practitioners dedicated to the planning and effective management of biometrics-based identification solutions.

Benefits include:

  • Professional development, training and hours towards your certification
  • Peer networking (both in-person and online)
  • Ongoing webinars throughout the year
  • IBA User Conference & post-event session materials
  • Annual Biometric Identification Hit of the Year Award
  • Reduced User Conference registration fee

Join today and be sure to register for the IBA User Conference, Aug. 25-28, 2024 in Atlanta, GA. Our 37th annual event is the highlight for IBA members – complete with enthralling speakers, educational training and energizing sessions!

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Latest Trends and Innovations in Perimeter Security Market

With heightened concerns for security around buildings, data centers, military compounds, national borders and more, perimeter intrusion detection is a priority for government agencies and corporations around the world.

This sense of urgency around perimeter intrusion security spurs industry growth. The global perimeter security market size is expected to reach U.S. $132 billion by 2030. The market is anticipated to show an annual growth rate (CAGR 2023 – 2030) of 9.4%, according to Grand View Research, Inc.

Check out our new white paper, “Robust Monitoring and Protection for Property, Facilities and Buildings,” to:

  • Understand the vital importance of perimeter security for government, military and businesses alike.
  • Discover the global trends in the perimeter security market.
  • Get details on innovations for real-time situational awareness.
  • Explore advanced solutions to classify, locate and deploy resources in dealing with multiple types of intrusions.

Plus, get details on our ground-breaking NEC Intelligent Perimeter Intrusion Detection System (IPIDS), with the highest probability of detection and lowest nuisance alarm rate over the longest distances and widest range of field conditions.

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To learn more about IPIDS and other innovations in access management, automated recognition and identity intelligence, visit NEC National Security Systems at NECNSS.com.

Four Pillars of Digital Government Identity Solutions

As consumers, business professionals, government, military and law enforcement personnel require convenient and fast digital access to services, there’s a greater sense of urgency to ensure safety and security.

NEC is committed to investing in global digital government technologies to solve real-world problems.

Watch the video describing our four pillars of digital government identity solutions:

  1. Safety – solutions for law enforcement, justice and corrections
  2. Security – de-centralized digital identity, identity verification and fraud prevention, applicant background checks, access and border control
  3. Efficiency
  4. Quality

Through our partnership with Microsoft, we are bringing our products and services to the cloud, making them readily available and accessible to clients, along with law enforcement agencies around the world.

With more than 50 years of innovation in biometrics technologies, NEC invests $2+ billion annually in research and development. We hold more than 47,000 patents, while harnessing our 10 research labs across the world with a goal of continuous innovation.

Learn more about our digital government solutions by visiting www.necam.com/stateandlocal. Or connect with an NEC expert directly by filling out the form below.

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The Frontier of Digital Security: Combating Deepfakes with NEC’s Advanced Biometric Authentication 

In the ever-evolving digital landscape, the surge of deepfakes poses a formidable challenge. These hyper-realistic forgeries, crafted using innovative AI, are a testament to technological advancement and a significant threat to digital security and trust. However, with challenge comes opportunity, and NEC Corporation, a global leader in IT and network technology, is at the forefront of this battle, leveraging its advanced biometric authentication technologies.

Understanding Deepfakes: A Digital Phenomenon

Deepfakes represent a fascinating yet alarming phenomenon in the digital age, a testament to the staggering advancements in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning. These AI-generated fabrications, encompassing images, videos, and audio recordings, can create strikingly realistic representations of real people saying or doing things they never did. The term ‘deepfake’ is a portmanteau of ‘deep learning’ and ‘fake’, and these creations spearhead a new era in digital content creation – one that poses significant challenges to information integrity, personal privacy, and security.

  • The Birth and Evolution of Deepfakes – The origins of deepfakes trace back to the world of academic research, where deep learning algorithms, especially Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs), were developed. GANs use two neural networks in tandem – one to generate content and the other to critique it. This process continues until the generated content is indistinguishable from real data. While the initial applications were academic, the technology soon found its way into more accessible platforms, leading to the rise of deepfakes as we know them today.
  • Deep Learning Behind the Scenes – At the core of deepfakes is deep learning, a subset of machine learning where neural networks – algorithms inspired by the human brain – learn from substantial amounts of data. In the context of deepfakes, these neural networks analyze thousands of facial images or voice samples to recognize and replicate patterns. They can alter facial expressions, lip movements, and even voice intonations, creating a digital impersonation that can be eerily accurate.
  • The Rising Sophistication of Deepfakes – As AI technology has advanced, so has the sophistication of deepfakes. Early deepfakes were often easy to spot due to their low resolution and visible artifacts. However, recent advancements have led to high-definition deepfakes that are increasingly challenging to distinguish from real footage. This level of realism is not only a technical achievement but also a significant concern, as it blurs the lines between reality and fabrication.
  • Ethical and Security Implications – Deepfakes have stirred significant ethical and security concerns. They can be used maliciously, such as creating fake news, manipulating stock markets, or impersonating public figures. Deepfakes also pose a threat to personal privacy and consent, as individuals’ likenesses can be used without their permission. These issues highlight the need for robust detection and verification technologies.

The Challenge of Detection

Detecting deepfakes is a cat-and-mouse game. As deepfake technology evolves, so must the methods to detect them. Traditional detection methods focus on inconsistencies in images or videos, such as irregular blinking patterns or unnatural head movements. However, as deepfakes become more advanced, detection techniques must also evolve, employing more sophisticated AI algorithms to discern subtle anomalies.

NEC’s Biometric Solutions: A Shield Against Deepfakes

NEC’s approach in tackling deepfakes is multifaceted, combining facial recognition, liveness detection, iris detection, and voice recognition. This integrated solution ensures a comprehensive defense against the risks posed by deepfakes.

  • Facial Recognition – NEC’s facial recognition technology stands out for its speed and accuracy. Recognized globally for its advanced algorithms, NEC’s facial recognition system can differentiate between genuine human features and those artificially generated by deepfake technology. This ability is critical in verifying identities in various sectors, from finance to social media. More on NEC’s facial recognition can be found on its global website.
  • Liveliness Detection – Liveness detection adds an essential layer to security protocols. By analyzing micro-expressions, eye movements, and other subtle facial dynamics, NEC’s technology can distinguish a live person from a digital impersonation. This feature is particularly crucial in real-time scenarios, such as online banking or virtual meetings.
  • Iris Detection – Iris detection, with its unique muscle patterns for each individual, age resistance, and top-class precision offers greater levels of accuracy and security. NEC’s iris recognition systems are highly sophisticated, providing accurate identification which is almost impossible to replicate using deepfake technology.
  • Voice Recognition – Complementing visual biometrics, NEC’s voice recognition technology analyzes speech patterns, tone, and other unique characteristics. This ensures that even if a deepfake video seems visually convincing, discrepancies in the audio can be detected, further safeguarding against fraud.

Applications Across Industries

NEC’s biometric solutions have broad applications across various industries:

  • Social Media Platforms: NEC’s Digital ID for social media enhances platform security by verifying user identities during creation, and at subsequent usage, thus preventing unauthorized account access and fake profile creations. Find more about this on NEC’s website.
  • Financial Sector: In FinTech, NEC’s Digital ID solutions, as elaborated on NEC’s FinTech page, play a crucial role in secure banking transactions, credit card fraud prevention, and regulatory compliance with KYC (Know Your Customer) norms.
  • Travel Industry: As detailed in the Travel sector solutions, NEC’s facial recognition biometrics enhance passenger experience and security in cruise ships and high-speed train travel.
  • Access Control in Secure Environments: NEC provides biometric access control systems for data centers, government buildings, and other sensitive areas, ensuring high-security levels and efficient personnel management. More details are available on them visit the Access Control page.

Conclusion: Embracing a Secure Digital Future

The digital world is a constant battle between innovation and security. Deepfakes represent a significant challenge in this regard, but with companies like NEC leading the charge with their innovative biometric solutions, there is a strong defense against these digital deceptions. NEC’s commitment to innovation, as seen in their continual R&D investments and adherence to global standards, makes their solutions not just a response to current threats but a preparation for future challenges.

In a world where digital security is paramount, NEC stands as a beacon of trust and innovation. By integrating advanced biometric technologies, NEC is not just combating deepfakes but is also paving the way for a safer, more secure digital future.