Miami International Airport (MIA) has announced it has been selected by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as one of two test sites for a USD 5.0m emerging perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies that have been developed and tested in other high-risk transportation and public area venues.
The lessons gained from the pilot program in the airport environment could be replicated by TSA nationwide.
Full funding for the test was made possible through Congress´ passage of the Make America Secure and Prosperous Appropriations Act, which allocated TSA the funding necessary to develop a multi-year plan to analyze and test perimeter intrusion detection and deterrence technologies at airports.
San Jose International Airport (SJC) is the only other airport in the program. Once the installation phase is completed at both sites, TSA will continue assessments, testing, data collection and operational refinements through August 2019. Key findings are expected in September of next year.
Miami International Airport offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other US airport, is America´s third-busiest airport for international passengers, boasts a lineup of more than 100 air carriers and is the top US airport for international freight. MIA, along with its general aviation airports, is also the leading economic engine for Miami-Dade County and the state of Florida, generating business revenue of USD 30.9 billion annually and welcoming nearly 60 percent of all international visitors to Florida.