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International Air Travel & Shipping is More Crucial Than Ever. UVeye is Ready.

Over the course of 2020 and 2021, the global pandemic put a massive strain on the international shipping industry. By the first quarter of 2021, the cost of shipping containers reportedly skyrocketed 300%. As demand for goods increased around the world, so too did the demand for shipping containers and shipping freighters. Unfortunately, the relative lack of international trade in 2019 meant the production of shipping containers decreased dramatically. Now, the sea-borne cargo industry is struggling to meet demand, which in turn is placing a greater emphasis on airports and cargo planes to compensate.

In an effort to rise to the challenge of keeping the world moving, shipping companies are turning to the air, meaning along with the steady increase in civilian travel, airports are about to get a lot busier. Critical standard procedures, such as security, must adapt in order to cope with the influx of vehicles and foot traffic through airports. Milan Bergamo Airport, in Milan, Italy is one such port getting ahead of the curve by employing UVeye technology.

In 2019 alone, Milan Bergamo saw nearly 30 million passengers and over 118,000 tons of goods pass through its doors. As one of the busiest airports in Italy, second only to Rome Fiumicino Airport, Malpensa also sees over 50% of the country’s import-export activity. And, with the global shipping crisis on the sea looking to persist into 2022, the Milan Bergamo airport is expecting those numbers to increase. 

To combat the rise in traffic, Milan Bergamo Airport is now utilizing Helios by UVeye, the global standard for automated under-vehicle inspections. The technology combines proprietary hardware with patented Artificial Intelligence software to scan, detect, and alert of threats in a matter of seconds. As a pass-through system that scans vehicles as they drive over the device at up to 30km/h, the port’s security team is now able to keep traffic flowing without compromising on the quality of their inspections.

More specifically, Helios enables the airport inspection teams to not only enhance their physical inspection processes but also seamlessly integrate UVeye into their existing Milestone program interface and CCTV network. UVeye programs immediately available such as UVInspect, UVCompare, and Fraud Prevention Vehicle Unique ID allow the airport to inspect and log vehicles regardless if they are in the local system or not. This allows the inspection teams to enhance speed and efficiency without transitioning back and forth between systems and data records.

Airports face considerable challenges in securing their traffic flow when many airports do not have enough staff or the capacity to inspect every vehicle entering or leaving secure areas. UVeye is here to solve this problem by providing drive-through solutions with auto-detection capabilities at selected access points, alerting security personnel of any irregularities or potential threats attached to a vehicle.

Helios is the only product on the market able to detect issues in the undercarriage of a vehicle passing through the system for the first time, which enables inspection of both new vehicles with no previous record, in addition to recurring vehicles.

The Impact — Multi-Layer Access Control Security | enables the Airport to keep the highest level of protection, enhancing efficiency and resources during the inspection process, while providing automatic detection within seconds and alert notifications along with a visual view of the undercarriage, for both current and previous scans.

All this is to enhance decision-making processes and act as an additional source of information while supporting third-party integration with existing site security and management systems.

In the past, the port’s security checked vehicles transporting hazardous materials by diverting them to a separate area before entering the port’s grounds. Undercarriages were manually inspected using not much more than the naked eye and took an average of five minutes to perform. Given the number of vehicles that pass through their gates on a daily basis, the time constraints of carrying out an inspection, and the resources available, port authorities were forced to prioritize their inspections. 

After adopting Helios’s automated process of scanning and detecting, they’ve cut the time of inspection and decision making down to under 20 seconds, increased the total number of inspections to over 300 per day, and has nearly eliminated the need to perform manual inspections. Instead, they now rely on the quality of the images produced by the scans as well as the automated detection and alerting systems to determine if there are any relevant threats, reducing the risk to their personnel.

Additionally, the Italian port’s inspection documentation is now simplified and centralized, and now provides detailed reports of every truck that passes through their gates with a record stating each one has been properly checked. 

As the world’s travel and shipping industries encounter new, modern challenges, they’ll need the technology to adapt and overcome. Today, airports such as Milan Bergamo in Milan are under pressure to keep up the flow of cargo and passengers. UVeye technology, such as the Helios, is the 21st-century approach major ports-of-entry will increasingly need to rely on if they are to keep up with demand.