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IGI to get hi-tech security system by year-end

Only around four-km radius around the Indira Gandhi International Airport remains to be covered by the four-layered,hi-tech security system,the private operator Delhi International Airport Limited said on Tuesday.

Written by Geeta Gupta | New Delhi |
June 29, 2011 12:05:04 am

Only around four-km radius around the Indira Gandhi International Airport remains to be covered by the four-layered,hi-tech security system,the private operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said on Tuesday.

The operator has completed work on securing 27 km area; the remaining four km is expected to be secured by year-end.

The perimeter intrusion detection system (PIDS) would be monitored by the CISF to detect,assess,neutralise and track potential or actual breaches. The high threat perception IGI airport had witnessed three stray cases of human intrusion through its periphery last year.

The four-layered PIDS has physical and covert detection systems with taut wire,buried cable,about 200 CCTV cameras for live visuals,radars,more than 40 watchtowers and a patrolling track along the perimeter wall that goes as far as 27-km now,excluding the Air Force area and the existing terminal buildings.

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Largescale development work and new terminal buildings have extended the outer periphery of the airport by at least 3 km.

DIAL sources said once the system is installed on the entire periphery,it will be integrated with the radars,CCTV cameras and the control centre that will be monitored by the CISF on a 24X7 basis. Testing the already installed system so far,however,CISF sources said the present frequency of false alarms is very high.

“If everything goes well and the frequency of false alarms is brought down,the system will be helpful in detecting,assessing,and tracking potential or actual breaches. Once operational,the system would certainly be a value addition to the conventional intrusion detection and security mechanisms,” a CISF source said.

The system’s vendor,Israel-based Magal Group,has already trained 5 batches of CISF personnel in using the PIDS.

The project had faced several delays,and the last reason provided by the authorities to the Civil Aviation Ministry was poor quality of work,inferior quality of equipment provided by the vendor and unavailability of power at certain points. While the system had to be installed at the airport by October last year,in time for the Commonwealth Games,other development works pushed the project deadline to December.

The last deadline set by the DIAL was March; the system is likely to become functional by the end of this year.

“The system installed is a highly sophisticated four- layered PIDS that generates instant alarms at the control center in case of any attempted intrusion,” said a source.

The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security,country¿s aviation security regulator,made it mandatory in 2007 for all airports in the country to have a perimeter intrusion detection system. So far,the GMR-run airports in Hyderabad and Delhi are the only ones to have installed the same.

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