RFID and vehicle access to airport

Discussion in 'Aviation Passenger Security in the USA' started by Cartoon Peril, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Could RFID technology be used to establish a virtual security line around an airport? I think the answer has to be "yes." Here is a report from late last year showing RFID automated vehicle identification (AVI) having been installed at Lima (Peru) International Airport to track concessionaire vehicles. According to the manufacturer (TagMaster), similar systems are now in use at
    • San Francisco International Airport
    • Monterey International Airport
    • Jorge Chavez International Airport
    • Bob Hope International Airport
    • Sky Harbor International Airport
    • Mesa Gateway International Airport
    • Tucson International Airport
    RFID use in toll-booths is well-established, so much so that there is even a Wikipedia article on it.

    One could envision a TSA security plaza at the entrance to the airport itself combining the two technologies. Only thing I see stopping it would be the possible traffic mess.
     
  2. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    That works pretty good until the tag gets stolen or someone without a tag comes in and the system collapses.
     
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  3. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Oh, well, I didn't say it would work. ;-)
     
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  4. AngryMiller

    AngryMiller Original Member

    Just haggling. Old habits die hard as used to take part in systems designs and the what would happen if we did this got played often.
     
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  5. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Actually it doesn't have to work. What it becomes is another "layer" of security. There's at least as much security justification for this as there was for the Junkatrons, particularly given the number of attacks on airport terminals. The RFID devices could be made tamper-resistant (notice I don't say tamper-proof), and the airport or TSA could make some money selling priority access RFIDs, of course they would call it some kind of "trusted access" program, just like the the "trusted traveller" program.
     
  6. Pesky Monkey

    Pesky Monkey Original Member

    Google "cloning rfids". It's not terribly secure. It wasn't really designed to be.
     
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  7. Cartoon Peril

    Cartoon Peril Original Member

    Right, these things suck as far as security goes. I predict rapid adoption by TSA / State Department.
     
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