Belfast Telegraph

CEM Systems lands East Midlands airport security deal

By Clare Weir

A Belfast security technology firm has secured yet another high profile contract with a British airport.

CEM Systems based in the east of the city has won more business with East Midlands Airport to upgrade its existing CEM AC2000 system.

The airport, which serves over 4.1m passengers each year and has flights to more than 90 destinations around the world, will be the first UK Airport to fully migrate to CEM's 'PicoPass' smart card technology.

PicoPass provides high levels of encryption and is considered one of the most secure technologies available.

The card can be used for other applications such as cashless vending, photocopy access, membership to clubs, with each sector being secured individually so that it can be provided to airport clients as required.

East Midlands was named Best Regional UK Airport and UK Airport of the Year at the British Travel Awards in 2011.

Andrew Fulton, senior director of global sales at CEM, said the firm's security management system has been used at East Midlands Airport for more than 15 years.

"This move brings the East Midlands Airport system in line with the latest access control technology and gives the airport the ability to meet any future security requirements," he said.

East Midlands Airport security technical officer Gary Simons added: "The upgrade is an important step, bringing our system to the leading edge of airport security."