Use of Campus Notification and Lockdown System at Airports

Amber alert systems, dynamic messaging systems, and location-based short message service (SMS)-messaging are technologies many public safety organizations are employing to communicate a wide range of information to local travelers. Many airports are evaluating or integrating similar technologies into their facilities and communications operations to increase safety, public awareness, and even parking availability. Many airports struggle with visitor interaction using public address speakers that are often difficult to understand even under the best of conditions, not factoring in normal airport noise. Whether it is gate change information, left behind luggage at security, disconnected children, last call for boarding, or potential safety warnings, airports have a responsibility for informing the general public/patrons that are currently in the facility. Current information regarding large-scale public notification systems is primarily only available directly from vendors. Many airport managers have purchased and installed notification and lockdown systems as part of security upgrades in the last decade. These facilities can be surveyed and analyzed for pros and cons, installation costs, return on investment analysis, and public feedback. Understanding the available technologies from an impact on operations, to human reactions, to integration into existing networks and security protocols can be a daunting challenge for many airport authorities. The objective is to develop guidance on airport notification and lockdown systems and integrating that into the emergency plan.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-25

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Salamone, Michael

  • Start Date: 20141114
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37564

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543472
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-25
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2014 1:01AM