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To create TSA's baggage screening tracking and reporting system, PPC and Yankee used its experience in building web-based front-end applications for powerful databases for other government agencies

Speeding Up Secure Passenger Check-In at Our Nation's Airports

SCOT - Screening and Coverage Operations Tool

Passengers and their baggage move through airports in real time. So airport authorities must ensure that sufficient baggage screening equipment is performing in real time. But there was no system in place that could track and report on baggage screening performance at the nation's 400+ airports in real time.

To help implement a total solution to airport security, the Transportation Security Administration brought in Boeing, a large systems integrator. Boeing went looking for a partner with the technical skills, teaming savvy, and a history of meeting tight deadlines. They found the teams of PPC and Yankee Associates.

To create TSA's baggage screening tracking and reporting system, PPC and Yankee used its experience in building web-based front-end applications for powerful databases for other government agencies, including the PARS project for the Department of Energy. By basing SCOT on the same engine, and working from the same code, PPC not only saved development costs for Boeing and TSA, it had a pilot-scale system in testing in 4 months (half the usual time). The PPC team created new tables for the database to store airline and equipment information, and then added a new component, a system dynamics model (by VensimĀ®) that automatically makes all the calculations on which the models are based and reruns the models whenever the information changes. When the system achieves full implementation this dynamic modeling capability will allow TSA offices to instantaneously evaluate screening coverage.

For the analysts who use SCOT, the key factors to its success are secure online access from anywhere, the simple report wizards on their start-up page, and the ability to make ad hoc queries against any data.

For Boeing and TSA, the great strength of SCOT is that it is designed to be easily adapted to and integrated with other databases and modeling applications, with relatively little reconfiguration management required, as future needs arise.

TOOLS
Microsoft SQL Server 2000
Microsoft Visual Studio .Net
Microsoft Active Server Pages
Microsoft Component Object Models
Microsoft Internet Information Services
Application Developed for Internet Explorer > 5.5
Microsoft Windows 2000 server

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