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off their baggage. At pre-security, biometrics could
be used to recover the passenger’s BCBP and
check that they can proceed to airside security
checks. By integrating biometrics with the airport’s
flight information system or the airport operational
database, biometric screening could also determine
whether the passenger has enough time to get to
their gate, for example.
Biometrics can be used by government emigration
to recover a passenger’s passport and visa details
to check whether they are a person of interest. For
lounge access, biometrics could be used to determine
whether the passenger is permitted to use the
lounge. It can also enable self-boarding, to recover
the passenger’s BCBP and run through the boarding
process with the airline departure control system
to determine that the same person that checked-in
luggage is the one trying to board the aircraft.
“In our view, one-to-many identification should
be considered as a means to grant access to
passengers at touch-points in the airport,” concludes
Rockwell Collins. “It has significant advantages for
the passenger and has developed to the stage
where it can provide an alternative to the current
implementations which require manual document
scanning,” it adds.
Rockwell Collins is working with identity
management specialist Atkins on integrating its
identity management solutions with the ARINC
passenger processing solutions. The partners are
integrating Atkins’ identity management toolkit
with the ARINC vMUSE common use passenger
processing solution and ARINC Veripax automated
airport security screening solution to capture a
passenger’s identity using biometrics and match it
with the passenger’s passport and boarding pass
information. The partners are believed to be working
towards airport trials this year.
SITA launched its biometric solution, SmartPath,
in March at the Passenger Terminal Expo which
took place in Cologne, Germany. SmartPath allows
passengers to move through the airport and board
the aircraft by presenting themselves for a biometric
check through a facial scan at the first touchpoint
in their journey. The record is checked against the
passenger’s travel documents, typically the passport,
and a secure single token is created. The passenger
does not need to present a boarding pass, passport
or travel documents at any other touchpoint, with
passengers gaining access from check-in to border
control and aircraft boarding with a facial scan.
SmartPath is fast, secure and seamless and can
be easily integrated into existing airport infrastructure,
airline systems and government systems, says SITA.
The IT provider has used its experience in passenger
self-service and border management solutions to
develop “a single, secure, self-service process using
existing common-use infrastructure which works
seamlessly with multiple airline and government
systems”, says Matthys Serfontein, vice president
airport solutions. “SmartPath simplifies secure,
passenger processing for everyone — airlines,
airports and border authorities,” he adds.
SITA says it is currently working with a number
of unidentified airports and airlines to integrate
biometrics. It anticipates that biometrics will be the
norm at airports by 2020.
One airport that has already committed to
biometrics is Singapore’s Changi Airport, which
recently signed a contract with Morpho (Safran) to
supply a facial recognition-based solution for the
airport’s new Terminal 4, which will open in 2017.
The solution will use facial recognition for self-bag
drop, integrated border clearance and self-boarding
gates using MorphoPass Biometric Applicant
Management System and MorphoWay automated
gates. MorphoPass manages the different stages
in a passenger’s journey through an airport based
on biometric identification. The solution makes
checkpoints faster and less intrusive for travellers at
bag drop, airside access and passport control, as
well as boarding control point, says Morpho.
“We partnered with Morpho to deploy this
integrated passenger processing system with the
objective of transforming passenger experience. It’s
the first time that facial recognition technology will be
used at Changi Airport. The solution eliminates the
need for manual identity verification by staff,” says
Steve Lee, Changi Airport Group’s chief information
officer and senior vice president, technology.
The solution is part of Changi’s Fast and Seamless
Travel (FAST) concept for Terminal 4, which is aimed
at improved efficiency at the same time as maintaining
a high service for its passengers. FAST involves
self-serve solutions including check-in kiosks and
self-boarding gates, as well as service management
through analytics and resource transformation
(SMART), including queue management and sensors
to alert staff to choke points in the system.
Projects around the world are seeking to improve
airport efficiency and cut the door-to-door journey
time for passengers even more. The International
Air Transport Association’s Fast Travel initiative, for
example, is aiming to deliver a better experience for
passengers through the use of a suite of self-service
solutions across six stages of the passenger journey
check-in, bags ready to go, document scanning,
self-boarding, flight rebooking and bag recovery. The
aim is to deliver Fast Travel solutions to 80 percent
of passengers by 2020.
Last year, global penetration reached 29.2 percent,
which was below IATA’s target of 35 percent, largely
due to regulatory issues surrounding areas such
as home-printing of bag tags. As a result, IATA is
pushed back its 2016 target from 50 percent to 40
percent global penetration, but the 80 percent target
remains for 2020.
A number of airlines are progressing well with
fast travel initiatives, with Air New Zealand, Alaska
Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Qantas and SAS all
offering four or more Fast Travel options to at least
80 percent of their passengers.
A recently launched European project,
“SmartPath simplifies secure, passenger
processing for everyone — airlines,
airports and border authorities.”
vice president airport solutions, SITA
As passenger numbers continue to rise, airports and airlines are
looking at new technologies to improve the process.
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