HIA hosts 17th Smart Security Management Group meeting


Hamad International Airport (HIA) is currently hosting the 17th meeting of the Smart Security Management Group (SSMG) in Doha, which concludes today (April 18).

The two-day meeting takes place at HIA’s premises and is attended by approximately 25 delegates, including official observers and Airports Council International (ACI) organisers.

The ACI Smart Security initiative aims to implement specific and measurable improvements in security effectiveness, operational efficiency and passenger experience at airport security checkpoints, through improved use of technology, process innovation, and the use of risk-based security concepts.


As airports play a key role in facilitating effective, efficient and enhanced passenger experiences, the Smart Security initiative gathers stakeholders with the shared objective of transforming the security checkpoint for the benefit of the travelling public.

Chief operating officer, HIA, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer spoke on the event: “We are thrilled to host the 17th annual SSMG meeting at our hub. As an active member of ACI Asia Pacific’s Regional Security Committee, and through our Smart Security Program, we are among the few leading airports in the world to consistently trial and improve our security processes at HIA for increased efficiency and for the comfort of our passengers.”

Director general, ACI World, Angela Gittens also commented: “With the predicted growth in air travel, evolving security threats, and passengers’ evolving expectations about their airport experience, it is more important now than ever that airports forge sustainable security models that optimise their facilities and meet the growing demands of their passengers.”

In 2018, HIA developed an industry-leading transfer security screening product, which resulted in significantly shorter queuing times for passengers. With the airport’s introduction of more transfer gates and minimum connection lanes, passengers at HIA are screened to national standards at the arrival gate directly, ensuring that at least 95 per cent of the airport’s transfer passengers queue for under five minutes.

HIA is currently in its final stages of an evaluation programme that measures the security and operational benefits of different screening technologies, utilising new algorithms that would allow the airport to provide screening of cabin baggage without the need to segregate electronic devices, and exploring the use of body scanners instead of traditional walk through metal detectors, amongst other developments.