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Technion Gains Research Grant For Airport Security Behaviour Modelling

The British Technion Society : 28 October, 2010  (Company News)
A grant of over 3 million Euros has been awarded to the Technion for performing research into human factors affecting security at airport facilities including the modelling of behaviour patterns
The European Union has awarded 3.4 million Euros to the Technion to look into how to improve airport security. Prof Avi Kirschenbaum of the Technion's Faculty of Industrial Engineering and Management is leading the research project, which is focusing on the human rather than technological factors affecting airport security. Airport administrations in Israel and Europe are cooperating on the project and the research will be presented at an international conference before administrators from 100 airports.

The research project, known as BEMOSA (Behaviour Modelling for Security in Airports) is a European-wide consortium focusing on describing actual behaviour in the field, with the aim of developing innovative worldwide plans for training airport staff in such a way that will assist them in disaster management and risk reduction.

250 studies have already been carried out, with Prof Kirschenbaum finding that many employees do not operate according to guidelines. He said. "This stems from the fact that their training is focused on the individual while decisions are made by the group. This leads to many false alarms, which cause disruption and a tremendous waste of resources. Training should be adapted to conditions in the field."

Simon van Dam at the Technion's R & D foundation Ltd said: "Integrating familiar procedures with actual security behaviour is a critical subject. There is no point in having an emergency plan that only copes with extreme situations in airports. The aim of this broad scope research is improved security, reduction of false alarms and lower costs."

Prof Kirschenbaum added: "At critical moments in an emergency, there is no time to consult a supervisor or read the manual. In order to prevent disasters and deal with them properly, we have to ensure that all the teams, and not just security teams, will be trained and highly motivated."
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