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Shannon Airport joins XP-DITE

The XP-DITE partners are pleased to welcome Shannon Airport in Ireland to the XP-DITE project consortium. Shannon is an international airport on the western-most part of Europe serving both transatlantic and European destinations.

Shannon Airport will trial one of the project’s two proof-of-concept airport security checkpoints. With 1.7 million passengers expected in 2015, Shannon contrasts with the large international hub, Schiphol Airport, the other airport operator in the project. Together they will help ensure that the XP-DITE system-level concepts, design and evaluation tools & methods are applicable to European airports of different types and sizes.

The consortium is exploring whether the demonstration checkpoint that will be trialled in XP-DITE can combine the functionality of the separate EU and US checkpoints in order to improve passenger experience and operational efficiency.

Shannon Airport was the first airport in Europe to provide full United States Preclearance services following the construction of a US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) preclearance facility in 2009. It is the home of Shannon Duty Free, the world’s first duty free shop.

Shannon Airport, which has joined the project with effect from April 2015, replaces the Manchester Airport Group which left the consortium in 2014.

Stakeholder Meeting – Amsterdam, February 10th, 2016

The next annual XP-DITE stakeholder meeting will be held on February 10, 2016 in Amsterdam. The project will welcome members of its Advisory Board and other stakeholders from the aviation security regulatory community, airport operators, research institutes and manufacturers, to hear about and discuss the project’s latest results. Stakeholders interested in attending who are not on our regular invitation list should get in touch through the Contact Us page on the website. Please let us know your organisation, role and area of interest.

Airport Security Conference – Barcelona, November 17-18, 2015

Dr Mike Kemp is giving a presentation at the conference entitled “XP-DITE: Outcome-focused, system-level approaches for checkpoints”.

Aerodays2015 – London, October 20-23, 2015

Dr Mike Kemp gave a presentation entitled “XP-DITE: Towards a system-level approach to airport security checkpoints” at the 7th Aerodays event, the European flagship event for research and innovation in aerospace, which was held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London in October. The presentation was part of the session on Enhancing Security including Cyber Security in Aviation, chaired by Jaap de Ruiter (EC JRC).

Stakeholders Meeting – Paris, March 12th, 2015

The second annual XP-DITE stakeholder meeting took place on March 12, 2015 in Paris, alongside the Passenger Terminal Expo exhibition and conference. The latest plans and results from the project were discussed with the EU project officer and a broad range of stakeholders from the European Commission, National aviation security regulators, ECAC, IATA, ACI Europe, equipment manufacturers and security research institutes. We were particularly pleased to welcome one attendee from as far away as New Zealand!

CASRA joins XP-DITE consortium – September 2014

XP-DITE is pleased to welcome the Center for Adaptive Security Research and Applications – (CASRA) who joined the consortium with effect from July 1st 2014. CASRA from Switzerland was founded in 2008 and emerged from the Visual Cognition Research Group (VICOREG) of the University of Zurich. Well known in the aviation security community, CASRA brings an adaptive approach to XP-DITE by combining computer science, applied psychology and economic analyses with many years of experience in aviation security human factors and software development.

CASRA replaces ISDEFE which unfortunately had to withdraw from the consortium at the end of the first period in February 2014. The XP-DITE partners thank ISDEFE for its contributions and collaboration and look forward to working with CASRA.

XP-DITE Project Review – June 12-13th, 2014

XP-DITE successfully held its first project review with the EC Project Officer, Finance Officer and external reviewers in Brussels on June 12 and 13. The Project Coordinator and Technical Manager gave an overview of the project status. Each work package leader presented the work carried out during the first 18 months of the project and objectives for the next period. The Project Officer and reviewers made a number of helpful comments and suggestions. They said the project had made good progress and they looked forward to the next phase of the work.

Stakeholders Meeting – Rijswijk, September 12th, 2013

On September 12th, 2013 the first annual XP-DITE stakeholder meeting took place. Besides the project officer a broad range of stakeholders from the European Commission, national regulators, airport and airline representatives, IATA, EOS and standardization bodies joined this meeting at TNO premises in Rijswijk, The Netherlands.

After the opening remarks of the Coordinator Mark van den Brink of TNO, the Technical Manager of XP-DITE, Jaap de Ruiter, gave an overview of the project.

After this opening the work package leaders explained their main achievements during the first year of the project.

These presentations were followed by a lively discussion on the potential benefits of the XP-DITE approach and results, the requirements to the system level approach, and the difficulties of implementing the results because if involves and affects many stakeholders.

During the afternoon the technology development within XP-DITE was presented to the audience.

The final part of the XP-DITE Advisory board meeting was dedicated to an open discussion about the future of aviation security. XP-DITE should be capable to incorporate and/or to connect to some of the new (technological) developments.

At the closing of the meeting, the stakeholders expressed that this meeting was interesting and has been of value for them.