Powering the threat matrix
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Powering the threat matrix

TTEK incorporates Spire Aviation’s flight tracking ADS-B data to help them deliver their state-of-the-art solutions for customs and border processing.

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TTEK (pronounced “Tee-Tek”) is a company with a mission to provide innovative, state-of-the-art software and border management solutions.To do this, TTEK requires accurate, reliable sources of data, and easy-to-use APIs, that they can easily incorporate into their solutions.

TTEK’s two RiskLab products, Passenger Targeting System™ (PTS) and Aircraft Targeting System™ (ATS), work in concert to provide government and state departments with real-time, easy-to-understand information on risks associated with passengers and flights.

PTS™ uses Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) data and Passenger Name Record (PNR) data to analyze and quantify potential passenger risks.

ATS™ uses flight-tracking data and other sources of data to risk-assess flights entering or leaving sovereign territories or airspace.


“Spire Aviation data is a key component for TTEK clients who require clear visibility into the aviation risk landscape.”

Chris Thibedeau, CEO, TTEK

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Government clients demand risk management solutions that give them a common operational picture: a standardized way to visualize situations and threats across teams and jurisdictions. This standardization helps them better manage decisions during times of large-scale crisis that cross many team boundaries (e.g., natural disasters, 9-11, Covid-19).

To meet these needs, TTEK must make intelligent decisions around what third-party organizations they get their data from, how that data is aggregated, and how it’s delivered to meet a wide range of goals. Using unreliable sources of data or using inflexible, out-of-date APIs, can lead to problems with service delivery, technical debt, and churn.

To meet one of its primary data needs, TTEK incorporates Spire Aviation flight tracking data into its Aircraft Targeting System (ATS) software. Government teams can use ATS to display customized displays of aircraft on a map view, such as only showing aircraft currently located in a sovereign airspace (or other defined boundary), or only showing aircraft that departed from, or are destined for, specific countries or regions. TTEK’s software provides an intuitive interface for quickly assessing threats and reaching decisions.

Behind the scenes, Spire Aviation gives TTEK accurate aircraft tracking data like aircraft type, flight number, routing information, departure and arrival times, and other flight details. More importantly, Spire provides modern, flexible APIs that can be easily used by the development team for predictive AI capabilities.



Area of Responsibility (AOR) view in ATS

Government analysts have the ability to monitor all inbound and outbound flights using TTEK’s RiskLab Aircraft Targeting SystemTM (ATS). This module seamlessly integrates with the RiskLab PTS™ which provides the ability to identify high risk passengers for closer scrutiny and inspection. Virtual borders and Areas of Responsibility (AORs) can be created within the map layer to meet operational needs.


Aircraft detail and routing

By selecting the highest risk aircraft, the analyst is then able to review the flight details, aircraft type, flight number, routing, departure time, and arrival time (all of this data is provided by Spire Aviation; see a data sample).

All inbound flights will be ranked within the PTS and grouped by order of risk. An analyst dashboard will provide a total count of flights, passengers, and an ability to sort on passengers by nationality, departure and arrival country, and departure and arrival airports, male/female, and more. Flights can be sorted by the risk associated with configurable threat modules including security, narcotics, health, and revenue-related risk.

Dashboard with air traffic and risk indicators


Passenger seat layout

Passenger list and 3D seat view with heat map

After the analyst selects a flight for review, the PTS provides details associated with all passengers on that flight. A risk scorecard is then attached to each passenger including a link to the seat map.

Once a high-risk passenger is selected for inspection, the analyst can refer the passenger to the appropriate officer for interdiction and inspection purposes. Field officers can use a mobile handheld device to view the details and threat associated with the referred passenger.

Dynamic mobile display

Dynamic mobile display

Spire Aviation data is a key component of TTEK offerings; it helps them deliver to their government and state clients a common operational picture and improved decision support capabilities.

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Powering the threat matrix

TTEK incorporates Spire Aviation’s flight tracking ADS-B data to help them deliver their state-of-the-art solutions for customs and border processing.

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