Thursday, October 22, 2020

Airport biometrics and digital identity deployments expand in US, India

Passengers flying American Airlines from Washington or Dallas will soon be able to use digital IDs stored on their mobile devices to reduce contact with airport staff during baggage check processes, Simple Flying reports.

The service has gone live at Dallas Fort Worth Airport, where passengers can check their bags without presenting any physical identity credential.

The trial involves passengers downloading a third-party app, which will display the information the individual must show to an agent. Bag tags can be printed from airport machines using the American Airlines app. iPhones running updated software can also scan a QR code to print the tags without downloading the airline’s app.

The same service is expected to launch at Regan Washington National Airport (DCA) on October 27, and the airline is reported to be working with the TSA on a possible broader implementation.

SITA has developed a new version of its Automated Border Control (ABS) Kiosks to accommodate new devices for biometrics capturing and other future upgrades or requirements related to the implementation of the new European Union Schengen Zone border controls planned for 2022.

The new TS6 kiosk provides biometric data with SITA’s next-generation solution to expedite processing, reduce congestion and improve passenger glow while providing governments and border agencies with high-quality data, according to the announcement. Travellers arriving at the Schengen Zone can confirm their registration in the Central EES system from the kiosk, update their travel record and confirm their biometric data.

The biometric data then enables a seamless passage through the ABC gate with facial recognition.

“The introduction of EES will bring significant benefits but also presents operational challenges for EU member states to achieve smooth and effective border processes,” says SITA Vice-President Border Management Jeremy Springall. “Maximizing the value delivered by the introduction of EES requires an approach that goes beyond the initial acquisition of gates, kiosks, and biometric devices. Member states now have a unique opportunity to positively transform their border operations through the intelligent integration of new and existing border management systems.”

The solution saves roughly five seconds from the process for each traveller, and SITA suggests it can help to combat the spread of COVID-19 and increase traveller confidence.

22/10/20 Chris Burt/Biometric

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