Transport Security Award

Winner: Heathrow Airport

The winner of the 2020 Transport Security Award is Heathrow Airport. Europe’s busiest travel hub, Heathrow Airport deployed a ‘bespoke set of anti-drone systems’ last year, designed to block unmanned aerial vehicles from entering its airspace following a string of recent attempts.

Designed by UK-based firm Operational Solutions, the system detects and tracks drones in surrounding airspace, with the ability to locate the drone pilot and show their location, using technology from several manufacturers. The airport has said the fast and accurate detention of drones would keep passengers and staff safe, and minimise delays.

The British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association (BVRLA) was also shortlisted in this category along with Gatwick Airport.