AAAE Airport Credentialing and Access Control Conference


General Information

The American Association of Airport Executives, in cooperation with San Diego International Airport, is pleased to present the AAAE Airport Credentialing and Access Control Conference on April 24-25, 2013, in San Diego, California. This day-and-a-half conference will focus exclusively on credentialing and access control issues in the airport environment. Conference sessions will be held at the Hotel Solamar on April 24, 2013; on Thursday, April 25, 2013, conference sessions will take place in San Diego International Airport's Access Control Office and will be restricted to airport attendees only.

Airport operators have long been responsible for granting access for vetted individuals to secure areas of their facilities; at the same time, federal requirements and technology advances have simultaneously made this responsibility more complex and multifaceted. In addition to reviewing current aviation employee credentialing and access control programs and requirements, this conference will examine, through expert panel discussions, the issues, challenges and opportunities associated with proposed initiatives related to aviation credentialing and access control. In particular, conference discussions will focus on the applicability of existing industry and government standards to aviation, the unique challenges and opportunities for implementing biometric systems in the airport environment, and the lessons learned from previous efforts at airports, in other modes of transportation and in other national and international programs.  

This conference will review best practices and solutions to meet today's existing requirements as well as look ahead at evolving federal regulations and what may lay ahead for airport badging offices and access control systems. Conference sessions on the second day will be held in the airport environment to offer attendees hands-on demonstrations and training opportunities. Sessions on April 25 will be restricted to airport attendees only due to logistical constraints and discussion of sensitive security information.

This conference is ideal for representatives from airports, airlines, aviation consultant firms and security technology companies involved in identity management, IT integration, access control systems, smart cards and biometrics. Representatives from the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and recognized leaders in both the aviation and technology industry have been invited to participate on the program. In addition, an exhibit area showcasing the latest in credentialing, access control, biometric, smart card and identity management technologies will provide an opportunity for attendees to learn more about airport credentialing and access control.


Conference sessions will be held at the Hotel Solamar on April 24. On April 25, breakfast will be held at the Hotel Solamar and transportation will be provided to San Diego International Airport for a half-day of conference sessions for airport attendees only. The conference will begin on Wednesday, April 24, at 9 a.m. and will conclude with a welcome reception at 5 p.m. (registration and continental breakfast with exhibitors at 8 a.m.); the conference will conclude for airport attendees on Thursday, April 25, at 12 p.m. at the San Diego International Airport. Registration fees include all handouts, breaks, two continental breakfasts, one lunch and the welcome reception. Dress for the conference is business casual.