Union Home Minister Amit Shah inaugurated a consolidated aviation security control centre here on Saturday, which will monitor all threats and social media activity for the 66 civil airports now under CISF protection.

The aviation security control centre (ASCC) would have access to “24×7 real-time data monitoring and trend analysis of passengers and air traffic,” according to a statement from the force.

The national civil aviation protection force is the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). It protects 66 of the country’s 134 operating passenger airports.

According to the paramilitary force, the ASCC is outfitted with cutting-edge technologies such as a data centre, research and development lab, and an emergency war room.

The centre will get real-time data from each of the security operations control centres (SOCCs) operational at these 66 airports that include the “extremely busy and hyper-sensitive” civil aviation facilities in Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Jammu, Srinagar and Amritsar among others.

“Over a period of time, due to increased air traffic and passenger load, current security scenario, evolving nature of threat perceptions and geographical spread of airports across the country, a need was felt for centralised monitoring of incident/events occurring at airports to resolve them on a real-time basis,” the CISF said, explaining the rationale behind setting up the centre.

According to the force, the facility would provide “realistic” insights concerning passenger flow at any given time and assist in organising resources for “optimum utilisation.”
The force would also monitor bomb threat calls, VVIP movements, other big occurrences, passenger clearance time, use of security gadgets, and queue management systems, among other things, at the 66 airports.

A technical laboratory established at the centre will prepare trend analysis of real-time data to improve the effectiveness of higher-level decision-making, as well as research on advanced and artificial intelligence-based aviation security equipment available worldwide, comparative analysis of different equipment, and its applicability at Indian airports, according to the statement.

The CISF provides armed security cover to 66 airports as part of its aviation security group (ASG) and the force works under the command of the Union home ministry.


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