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GRASP Innovations – Successful Copenhagen Airport IAS trial

Breukelen, The Netherlands – June 24th, 2021

GRASP Innovations and Copenhagen Airport wrap up a successful remote assisted trial of GRASP’s Intelligent Access Surveillance solution.

Over a 3-month period our solution has been tried and tested by CPH security in various environments and has passed with flying colours. Allan Kjaer and Nicolaj Timmermann truly put an amazing effort into testing and managing to do so with remote assistance only. We could properly hire them as field engineers now as they have become solution experts.

Process overview of a static goods lock environment including our IAS solution.

Typical goods lock environment at CPH, allows the passage of goods from area A to B.

Radars temporarily installed, set-up and calibrated within a few hours.

Tested scenarios

During the trial period Allan and Nicolaj increased the complexity of the test locations gradually. Starting off with a type of location we have automated in other airports and ending up in a location we were equally curious about whether it would work.

Static goods lock
The base scenario for our IAS solution, a confined space with 2 doors that connect airside to landside and allows for goods to be transported without security staff intervention.

Copenhagen Airport tested both our human presence and object detection capabilities in their current process for arriving odd-size baggage. Testing the detection performance with a range of objects (varying in shape, size and material) and persons intentionally trying to ‘hide’ from the radars.

The executed tests reaffirmed the accuracy and quality of our solution in a live airport environment.


Static conveyor belt
Copenhagen Airport is considering an automated odd-size baggage process that includes a goods lock with a conveyor belt inside, so baggage can directly enter the arrivals hall without staff interference.

The challenge in this scenario was to detect objects and (human) presence on-top of a conveyor belt. Initially this seemed a challenge because the reference we require to perform our measurements continuously changes (the belt moves and isn’t physically identical all-over due to wear and tear), after a short set-up and calibration our IAS scored 10/10. Great success and a first for us, detecting on-top of a conveyor.

Moving conveyor belt
Naturally Allan and Nicolaj turned on the conveyor and tried if we were able to detect objects on a moving belt (moving at 0,5m/s), without any false alarms. After some remote assistance with the correct calibration and considering this was a world’s first test, we were amazed to see we once again scored 10/10 and saw a very stable signal with a continuously changing base reference.

The radar is positioned under the metal arch, covering large part of the conveyor.

Trial experience

Michael Verhage (GRASP): This remote trial has been a great experience, working with Copenhagen Airport and seeing Nicolaj and Allan really pushing the system to the limits.

It’s great to see the accuracy and stability of the system in completely new operational environments. We’re looking forward to working together following this trial and potentially have IAS benefit CPH airport by automating security processes in these areas.

Allan Kjaer (Copenhagen Airport): Trying a new security solution is always exciting for us and in this case we were impressed by the results and the ease of installing it in new environments.

We tested it in a variety of live CPH environments and the system worked fine, we did our best to ‘break’ and it was a challenge to find any way to do so.

Did we find something the support from GRASP was great and we were able to test further more. We’re looking forward to using the solutions at CPH in the future.“