The objective of the ATOM project was to study, design and develop the functional prototype of an innovative multi-sensor based system integrating active and passive radar sensors, improving the security level also in the Terminal area of the airport. ATOM system is a non-intrusive but pervasive security system. It doesn't require ad-hoc check points for passengers implying two important consequences:
ATOM system is not interfere with normal passengers flow; it makes more difficult for ill-intentioned people to identify where sensors are placed and to cheat controls. The pervasiveness of ATOM systems derives from the capability of ATOM sub-systems of monitoring wide airport areas and of detecting many kinds of hidden hazardous objects.
The technical approach followed foresees two separate and integrated controls: one at the Terminal accesses equipped with innovative active devices, able to detect and identify dangerous concealed tools; the other in the airport halls before the gate area equipped with new passive RF sensors able to track suspicious people/containers. The integrated controls information managed in a secure way within the airport information networks allowing security operators to face threats in the most suitable way, minimizing the risk for other people inside the Terminal area.
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