GUARDFORCE Limited has formed a joint venture with Dutch-based ICTS to compete for security services contracts at Kai Tak and Chek Lap Kok. Guardforce took a 43 per cent share in ICTS Hong Kong earlier this month in order to combine its local security capability with ICTS's worldwide airport security capability. According to Guardforce chief executive Ted Devereux, ICTS is best known for pioneering a commercial application of the Risk Analysis Profiling System. It is similar to the one developed by the Israeli airline El Al, which is used to combat terrorism and crime by identifying whether or not a passenger is bonafide. ''They can look at ticket routines, where the ticket was paid, where the passenger has been travelling, and they can screen out who is genuine and who is not,'' Mr Devereux said. ''We see a very large potential for growth in aviation in the Asia-Pacific area, and therefore resulting potential for aviation security,'' he said. The recent hijackings in China demonstrated a need for better passenger checks, he said. ICTS operates in 25 countries for 55 airlines. ''ICTS has expertise in the aviation industry and a worldwide network for gathering relevant data and information, while we have a network of offices providing administrative, training and marketing resources together with a wealth of experience and contacts in Asia,'' Mr Devereux said. ICTS set up the operation in Asia originally to support Northwest Airlines, for whom they operate in Bangkok and Manila. Mr Devereux said the new joint venture would begin to approach the Airport Authority and the airlines to find out what could be provided, and to help implement security at the airport.