Screenshot showing the APIDS marking out a threat item automatically in red, for further review by the operator.
The road ahead
The European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) has developed a set of testing protocols to assess if APIDS developed by Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) or third-party software developers are able to meet the international security screening standards set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). While the certification of such technology is currently in its early stages, it sets the foundation for more trials and adoption at airport security checkpoints. Eventually, this would provide the basis for operators to only review images of ‘threat’ or ‘unknown’ items, similar to how hold baggage security screening is conducted.
To support the roll-out of APIDS, international bodies such as ICAO and state regulators would also need to discuss the policy of adoption and the difference in standards of performance during the period of transition. This requires deeper discussions on the roles and responsibilities of the human operators in various phases of system deployment.
AI-powered innovation is set to be a game-changer for airport security around the world. Changi Airport will continue to trial advancements in AI technology, such as APIDS, to improve manpower productivity without compromising security and operational efficiency, resulting in a safe, seamless, and stress-free airport experience for passengers.