Rockwell Collins integrates facial recognition into bag drop system

March 16, 2017 - 

Rockwell Collins has integrated facial recognition into its self-bag drop solution, expanding its biometric identity offerings.

“Rockwell Collins solution extends the ability of passengers to use biometric registration not only during check-in but now using self-service bag drop units,” said Tony Chapman, senior director of Rockwell Collins’ product management and strategic programs. “Our solution replaces a time consuming, manual process with a more secure, seamless one, speeding up the passenger’s journey through the airport.”

The facial recognition solution captures the passenger’s face using a camera and then links the biometric information to his or her passport and boarding pass.

Once the process has been completed, passengers can place their bag onto the belt to be weighed before it is automatically accepted by the baggage handling system.

The system is fully integrated with Rockwell’s common-use solutions, enabling passengers who have registered at any point in the check-in process — such as self-service kiosks or agent-facing check-in desks — to benefit from their enrollment throughout the entire airport travel process.

Once enrolled, the system then links a passenger’s travel documents to his or her biometric, enabling the passenger to complete the rest of the airport travel experience without having to show a boarding pass, passport or other travel documents again.

The integration adds the biometric capabilities to an airline’s bag drop process without having to undergo any changes to its departure control system, which saves time and reduces risk.

“Rockwell Collins is aligned with IATA’s One ID vision of allowing passengers to assert their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate,” Chapman said. “This integration represents the next step in our strategy of delivering a complete suite of self-service passenger processing solutions that include biometric authentication, enabling airports to securely automate everything from check-in through boarding the airplane.”

Rockwell Collins showcased its portfolio of end-to-end solutions for airports at this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) 2017.

At the event, the company highlighted new product improvements as well as announced several new airport contracts, including a few regional airports.

The company exhibited cloud-based solutions such as ARINC cMUSE, a next generation cloud-native common use passenger processing system (CUPPS); self-service bag drop solutions; and biometrics integration.

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