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The second type of technology being considered would simply keep track of the aircraft at the facilities. Discussions are under way with ADT to provide a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag for every plane on the grounds, and monitor their minute-to-minute movements.
To develop the overall system, the center is consulting with the LPA Group Inc. based in Columbia, S.C.
There also are some anticipated ancillary benefits of the new system that go beyond security, according to both Duley and Chuck Arnold, the administrator for aviation development with the state DOT.
For the first time, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) would be able to get the kind of real-time aircraft data that it has always wanted. This would include current data on numbers of aircraft, air traffic and runway incursions. At present, no airports can provide such information, Arnold says. The faster reaction times promised under the project should also translate into less costly insurance policies on the facilities and on individual aircraft, he adds.
Another component of the video system that Duley wants to test is the use of solar-powered cameras. For larger airports with runways in the 5,000- to 8,000-foot range, providing a power source to cameras at the farthest reaches of the perimeter can become a fairly complicated matter. For the remotest cameras, "You almost have to have an independent power source for that."