Can Consolidating Intel Revolutionize Aviation Security?

With talk of Israeli style airport security frequently popping up in the media, on blogs and in regular conversations with travelers, I’d like to introduce you to an Israeli security firm that has both the technology and credentials to potentially eliminate significant gaps in aviation security.

It is rare to find a company of any size that has no direct web presence, but BellSecure is one of those companies. In all likelihood, when a company handles international top secret information there probably isn’t much need for advertising … but anyway …

… BellSecure, founded by former members of the Israeli Defense Force’s 8200 Intelligence Corps, has developed a real time communications and alert system that provides a vital missing links between the identification and verification of both passengers and cargo… and its system can deployed and integrated globally.

Nearly every country and security agency has their own technology and platform for tracking threats and issuing alerts, which creates a problem as the majority of the world’s intelligence and alert systems are incompatible with each other. The lack of commonalty between the intelligence agencies, law enforcement, INTERPOL, etc, allows for significant gaps to be created.   The system BellSecure appears to have developed closes these gaps by producing not only real time threat assessments and alerts globally, but it can also generate and distribute a real time no fly list globally.

Just for good measure, the BellSecure system raises the bar even further in regard to data consolidation and distribution by including photographic, audio and video content, in real time, allowing greater flexibility in distributing the information to front line security agents.

Presently Israel and Canada are exploring BellSecure’s system, however with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not. The DHS has already invested in its own nearly US$14,000,000,000 system that is both incompatible with the security networks of other nations, but also not able to address a number of the real-time collection and distribution features of the BellSecure system.

Airline travel, of both passengers and cargo, is not a local responsibility, it is a global responsibility. As passenger screening standards becoming standardized the world over, the ability to track, assess and alert to threats globally needs to become the standard.

So … is consolidation of intelligence the key to aviation security? Yes.  BellSecure is just one company addressing these issues, but right now they are at the forefront of putting all the pieces of the puzzle in piece and those responsible for the safety and security of the airline industry need to start paying attention.

Happy Flying!

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  1. An integrated intelligence system is only as good as the comprehensiveness of the database it is able to access. For such a system to achieve it’s purpose, it would require most (if not all) the airport intelligence services around the world to come on-board and share their data. With US DHS seemingly not keen to be part of this mega-project (yet), the success could be very limited. Nevertheless, kudos to BellSecure for this daring concept. Global sharing of real-time no-fly lists is the way to go.

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