Guidance for Access Control System Transitions: Ross & Baruzzini Collaborates on PARAS 0030 Report

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PARAS Safe Skies Series: Part 3

January 10, 2022

As we conclude our PARAS series, we’re exploring how PARAS 0030 provides an overview of the considerations and process used as part of an Access Control System (ACS) transition. The report provides a roadmap for airports that are considering replacing or upgrading their existing ACS and aims to help reduce associated risks and costs.

Establishing ACS Transition Framework 

The report highlights that as an airport’s security, business, and operational needs evolve, and as regulations change and technology change, airports are eventually confronted with the question of whether their ACS needs to be upgraded or replaced.

Implementation and integration of a new or upgraded ACS is a complex, costly, and operationally impactful process for airport operators and security managers. Once upgrading or replacing the ACS is under consideration, airport managers must address how to transition their ACS, so it meets the airport’s requirements in an efficient and cost-effective manner with minimal risks and impacts to badged airport employees.

It is important that decision-making for these activities be supported by detailed guidance that allows operators to consider the complex conditions, risks, and best practices associated with access control technology selection, procurement, and implementation. 

PARAS 0030 is focused on helping airports effectively navigate the transition of the ACS. Its overall objective is to provide practical information and guidance that will help airports of all sizes address these challenges through research, lessons learned, and best practices, and includes the following:

  • Project Scoping and Planning
  • Pre-Procurement
  • Technical Design
  • Procurement and Solicitation
  • Implementation and Integration
  • Preparing for Operations and Maintenance
  • Future Planning

The guidance addresses TSA regulatory requirements and considerations as well as the impact on badging office staff and the multitude of badged airport employees. It also details the evolution of ACS technology and the interrelated topics of data protection of personally identifiable information (PII), biometric technology, and data privacy.

Bringing Thought-Leadership to Airport Security

As our Aviation team has worked with these types of systems and transitions for several decades, we have the breadth of experience to guide clients through the ACS process. 

In addition, we have experience not only in the United States but also at airports around the world, allowing us to be a single source of best practices. This includes advanced security practices and equipment being applied at a wide variety of airports under both TSA jurisdiction as well as ICAO. 

Schedule your one-on-one with our team, and let’s help plan your next ACS.

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