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More High Tech Help for Airport Security

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, December 27, 2001

High tech help for airport security. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. It's a pilot project at Boston's Logan Airport. A ten member counter-terrorism team has been equipped with wireless handheld devices running software developed by Aether Systems. Tom Kinton, the acting executive director of MassPort, which runs Logan says the technology gives the team members instant access to information from anywhere...

"It basically allows them to use this handheld device similar to the way that computers in the cruisers are used when you want to check a background of a person or an individual and so forth. They can do it right from a remote terminal location and get the information first hand to verify a person's identification and so forth. So far the offices that are using it are very pleased with the responsiveness and the ease of use of the device."

The pilot project using the RIM Blackberry is being expanded to other airports across the country and Kinton says it is really just a beginning...

"I think it's going to be widespread, absolutely. I think this is the next logical step as technology improves and we give the person on foot patrol the ability to access information as rapidly as we can to ensure that we have the highest level of security that we possibly can have in this day and age."

Logan played a central role in the September 11th attacks and is where an apparent attempting bombing of an aircraft ended just days ago. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.