On September 11, 2001, everything about aviation security fundamentally changed. The nation realized the tremendous vulnerabilities existing in the commercial travel industry and federal agencies took swift action to counter this real and evolving threat. At the request of the President, Congress formed the Department of Homeland Security and the Transportation Security Administration in 2002 and challenged both agencies to improve security in and around the commercial aviation environment as a matter of great urgency. Central to the solutions of this challenge is creating a baseline for authentication of individuals and aircraft that should be travelling and operating within the aviation system and developing systems and procedures to alert authorities to those individuals and aircraft that should not. This is the TTI Mission.
Today, our nationís largest law enforcement agency, DHS, provides 24-hour airspace surveillance over much of the western hemisphere and spends hundreds of millions of dollars detecting and tracking all aircraft in the skies. Outside the US, the Department of Defense (DoD) is responsible for tracking and identification of aircraft. However, identification remains a challenge and there is little capability to detect and identify aircraft trying to evade authorities in the air and on the ground. DHS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spends an estimated $11B annually to protect the nationís borders while Department of Defense (DoD) intelligence components spend an estimated $80B annually to protect the nation.
By 2025, the FAA will spend an estimated $22B to implement the Next Generation Air Traffic Control System Ė FAA NextGen, which will completely transform U.S. airspace and ground navigation to improve efficiency, capacity and safety. Additionally, airports around the world are faced with increasing traffic demands and are seeking new ways to increase capacity, operate more efficiently, safely and generate revenue.
Seaport facilities continue to seek ways to improve capacity, security and efficiency and comply with federal and port authority mandates to gain complete situational awareness on who, what, when and where are coming and going from facility complexes.
At the center of every solution is accurate data on the time, position and identity of targets moving in and out of these specific environments. This is the TTI Product.
In 2004, TTI leadership, understanding the need to address the porous nature of the nationís GA airports, began developing the Wireless Airport Surveillance Platform (WASP). The WASP system uses TTIís proprietary video intelligence software analytics and unique aircraft databases to detect and identify target aircraft, day and night. The WASP system integrates state-of-the-art surveillance cameras and TTI video processing technologies into a turnkey identification, alerting and information database that allows law enforcement to identify and correlate suspicious aircraft radar tracks and ground activity, while also serving to improve safety, efficiency and revenue generation capability of commercial ground tracking systems.
The vision of TTI is to host and operate network monitoring and data centers throughout the world that are linked to airport WASP surveillance systems to combine real-time target position and aircraft identification which benefit all airport stakeholders, enhance security throughout the world and provide a safe a thriving community for future generations.