ROSH HAAYIN, Israel The Israeli company BVR Systems (OTC: BVRSF.OB), which develops defense training and simulation systems, has joined forces with Staten Island-based Veritouch Ltd. to produce a new airline security package.
The system begins at airport check-in counters, where passengers will be screened using biometric iris and fingerprint scanners developed by Veritouch. The scanners read eye and fingerprint patterns and
compare them with the unique patterns of terrorism suspects. There will be another iris and fingerprint scanning system to allow only pilots and authorized crew members access. An additional iris scanner will periodically read the irises of the occupants of the pilot’s and co-pilot’s seats to verify that the people in the seats are authorized to fly the plane.
While the plane is in the air, BVR’s data terrain technology can use information on passengers to alert the cockpit and people on the ground of possible terrorist activity within the plane. The system
generates a computerized model of the airplane’s interior, including a model of the flight’s seating manifest, using image data transmitted from an internal video camera. The computer sounds a
warning if there are abnormal changes in the pattern that might signify a hijacking, such as herding passengers in one direction or another or unauthorized movements of passengers toward the cockpit.
The technology for the system came from the development of fighter jet flight trainers, BVR’s core business. The 3-D modeling system that monitors the plane’s interior is used in simulators to mimic
the terrain the pilot-in-training is “passing over.”
The system will also transmit video pictures of the cockpit to crews on the ground while the plane is in flight so they have another means of telling if the plane has been hijacked or anything else
abnormal is occurring.
In addition, BVR's technology will allow people on the ground to communicate with an on-plane computer that will indicate if the plane is off course and provide an additional early warning of a
possible hijacking. The technology was borrowed from a system used to monitor the location of military aircraft.
BVR has also announced that it will acquire 100 percent of the shares of Leesburg, Va.-based Blue Ridge Simulation Inc., valued at $5 million in shares and cash.
BVR made the acquisition to establish a presence in the U.S. Blue Ridge Simulation is a supplier of high-performance radar simulators for the U.S. Department of Defense, commercial and international training applications.