Airport Solutions: Case Study

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Intrusion Detection System, Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Aspen-Pitkin County Airport

Owned and operated by the citizens of Pitkin County, the Aspen-Pitkin County airport supports general aviation, charter and airline flights and serves to the residents of Aspen, Snowmass Village, and Western Colorado. Global ski and snowboard enthusiasts recognize Aspen as a city that has the most desirable mountain slopes in the world.


At ASE, the area adjoining the movement and non-movement areas has been identified as a hot spot for vehicle and pedestrian deviations; when a human or vehicle crosses from the non-movement area to the movement area without Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance the incident is documented as a Vehicle/Pedestrian Deviation by the controllers in the tower.

The Solution
The Solution

The Searidge Intrusion Detection solution uses strategically placed thermal cameras to continuously monitor and present real-time video feeds from digital camera sensors to a one-look display – giving controllers a real-time view of the monitored area. It also provides critical detection, positioning, classification and tracking of the traffic to automatically alert the Aspen airport operations team of vehicle, pedestrian and animal intrusions in the restricted area. All video and map view data is recorded and archived to be accessed for incident review, investigations, and training.

When a track is detected in the monitored area the following events immediately occur:

  • The area turns red and flashes to indicate the presence of an intrusion in the area
  • A pop-up video presenting the video of the track is shown
  • An event is logged with information on the intrusion such as: a timestamp, the location, and the track identifier.
  • The event is added to the event list on the display and emailed to the security personnel; and is typically accessed by staff on the ground via PDA device.
Status: Operational

The system is in operation and security personal are relying on it to detect and alert them of any intrusions.


  • Security compliance
  • Regulatory compliance (cost savings as there are no fines/penalties)
  • Enhanced situational awareness, decreasing the likelihood of runway incursions
  • Freed up valuable human resources
  • Consistent, reliable performance
  • Low-system maintenance and life cycle costs
  • Modernized airport operations; automation