Los Angeles Airport Police Division Officer Bill Adrian pulls up information on APD’s current computer-aided dispatch and records management system. (Courtesy photo)

The Los Angeles Board of Airport Commissioners (BOAC) approved the purchase of new computer-aided dispatch (CAD) and records management system (RMS) infrastructure for use by Los Angeles World Airports’ (LAWA) Los Angeles Airport Police Division (APD). In accordance with LAWA’s strategic goal of innovating for security, efficiency and effectiveness, the new CAD and RMS system will modernize APD’s dispatching and records retrieval systems, allowing the division to respond rapidly to situations with a reliable and quick connection to intelligence information and other first-responder agencies.

“Speed and information are essential for any law enforcement officer to do his or her job effectively, and with today’s Board approval, Los Angeles Airport Police will become even more effective in their day-to-day policing,” said Patrick M. Gannon, Deputy Executive Director for Homeland Security, LAWA. “This next-generation technology will help us enhance our ability to communicate amongst ourselves and other law enforcement agencies, which strengthens our ability to protect our airports from terrorism and other threats.”

“At Los Angeles World Airports, we are always looking for ways to improve on safety, security and efficiency, and the new CAD and RMS systems will do just that,” said Aura Moore, Deputy Executive Director and Chief Information Officer, LAWA. “This new technology will provide more incident intelligence to our officers than ever before, allowing Los Angeles Airport Police to do their jobs efficiently and effectively.”

The new CAD and RMS systems include CAD-to-CAD interoperability, CAD/mapping, unit deployment recommendations, CAD/mobile handheld devices, messaging bulletins, and report capabilities. These capabilities will allow APD personnel to quickly send and receive information without having to visit an in-car terminal or other stationary piece of IT infrastructure. Information will be available anywhere the officer is, increasing his or her mobility and reach throughout the LAX area.

The new systems will also allow APD officers to communicate directly with Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers across distinct, yet compatible radio and dispatch systems in real-time. This capability allows officers of both agencies to exchange information, which can include arrest records that could be used when a vehicle is detained at LAX. APD will have the capability to interact directly with other first-responder organizations, which are to be determined.

The new CAD system will replace APD’s existing dispatch system, which has been operational for 25 years and is reaching the end of its useful life. Replacement of APD’s CAD program also addresse s recommendations from the Terminal 3 Shooting After Action Report, which recommended replacement to improve APD response time and improve agency coordination.

The contract for the new CAD and RMS was awarded to Motorola Solutions, Inc., of Los Angeles, and includes equipment, project management, training, maintenance & support, and system integrations. The five-year contract comes with five one-year renewal options, and valued at an amount not to exceed $9.3 million.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fifth busiest airport in the world and second in the United States, was named in Skytrax’ 2018 top 10 U.S. airports. LAX served more than 84.56 million passengers in 2017 and offers 737 daily nonstop flights to 100 cities in the U.S. and 1,386 weekly nonstop flights to 88 cities in 44 countries on 73 commercial air carriers. LAX ranks 13th in the world and fourth in the U.S. in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.2 million tons of air cargo valued at over $101.4 billion.  LAX handled 700,362 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2017.

An economic study based on 2014 operations reported LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues.  The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital-improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion, $966 million in state and local taxes, and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX is also the second most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

For more information about LAX, please visit www.flyLAX.com or follow on Twitter @flyLAXAirport, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LAInternationalAirport, and on YouTube at www.YouTube.com/laxairport1.