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Rockwell Collins, Atkins to deploy biometric identity management solutions for airports

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Avionics and IT systems firm Rockwell Collins is integrating its ARINC vMUSE and ARINC Veripax technologies with the Atkins identity management toolkit, enabling airports to verify travelers using biometric identification.

Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE is compatible with a range of biometric modalities, including fingerprint, facial recognition and iris scan enabling it to deliver a plug-and-play solution that can be implemented quickly and easily.

The solution allows for a phased rollout of biometric processing, with airline or gate-specific rules permitting the use of biometrics only when it is required.

Airports will be able to confirm the traveler’s identity by gathering their biometrics and comparing it to their passport and boarding pass information, streamlining the passenger processing.

“Airports are seeking ways to improve operations and passenger flow while maintaining the rigorous security levels required today,” said Christopher Forrest, VP of global airports for Rockwell Collins. “We’re creating a suite of self-service solutions that integrate biometric authentication into each phase of passenger processing, enabling airports to securely automate everything from check-in through boarding the airplane.”

ARINC vMUSE common-use passenger processing systems will initially include standardized plug-ins and configurable work flow capabilities that enable airlines and airports to implement identity management solutions as part of the regular check-in process.

They will be able to do all of this without having to make any changes to an airline’s departure control systems.

“Combining Rockwell Collins’ experience deploying CUPPS technology at airports worldwide with our proven capabilities in developing and implementing biometric applications has allowed us to create a fully integrated identity management solution for airports,” said Nick Whitehead, head of strategic services of identity assurance at Atkins. “Airports can use this service to validate a passenger’s identity, ensuring that the individual given the authority to fly is actually the one who boards the plane.”

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