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Biometric boarding piloted in Slovenia and Malaysia, CIAL issues tender for Digi Yatra system


Amadeus recently partnered with Ljubljana Airport in Slovenia, Adria Airways and LOT Polish Airlines to test its biometric technology in a pilot that saw the average boarding times reduced by approximately 75%, Aviation Pros reports.

Passengers used a Amadeus smartphone app to scan their passports and face biometric data to allow them to use just their face as their ID and boarding pass. All biometric data was deleted within 48 hours ensuring GDPR compliance. While the pilot at Ljubljana focused on passengers boarding the aircraft, the Amadeus biometric platform is designed to work across all ID verification points in an airport including check-in, security, lounge access and boarding.

“The pilot supports the strategy of Adria Airways to make boarding smoother and more efficient and further improve the experience of our passengers,” explains Misel Mencinger, ground operations at Adria Airways. “We are very encouraged by the results of the pilot with high levels of passenger acceptance and a significant reduction in average boarding times. Biometrics offers the industry another technological leap that will improve how people travel.”

“This pilot marks an important milestone in our journey towards a remotely hosted biometrics solution for the industry where travelers only need to enrol once,” adds Bruno Spada, executive vice president airport IT at Amadeus. “Our solution is in line with IATA’s One ID vision meaning it works across all participating airports and airlines so passengers can arrive at the airport ready to travel.

“With a centrally hosted solution that sits between airports, airlines and passengers, we will deliver a common standards approach that works for everyone,” continues Spada. “Importantly, this means biometrics can be rolled out and scaled up quickly in areas such as check-in, security and boarding.”

Sertis and AirAsia test biometric boarding

Sertis has launched a real-time AI-powered facial recognition and verification boarding system for airlines and is working in partnership with AirAsia to test the biometric system at Senai and Kuching International Airports in Malaysia. AirAsia has also deployed the facial recognition system for access control at its headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.

“Sertis is a leading technology company that provides end-to-end solutions ranging from data infrastructure and analytics to AI driven face recognition systems,” explains Tee Vachiramon, CEO and founder of Sertis. “Sertis has developed Sertis Face Scan to deliver accurate and reliable AI-powered face recognition system for airlines and airports around the world. Our partnership with AirAsia, a leading low-cost airline in Asia, is proof that Sertis can deliver world-class solutions for the aviation industry. Furthermore, these models are hardware optimised allowing them to run on resource-constrained devices at real-time speed. This optimisation helps to lower hardware costs, giving airlines a more cost-effective and reliable face recognition system for their boarding process.”

The company notes in its announcement that Sertis Face Scan software is hardware optimized, enabling it to operate on resource-constrained devices at real-time speed, reducing hardware costs and giving customers a more reliable face recognition system for boarding processes or access control.

Facial recognition surveillance at Bucharest airport

UTI Grup has won the Bucharest Airports National Company tender to modernize and expand the video surveillance system at Henri Coandă International Airport. The value of the contract amounts to EUR 4.68M (USD $5.24M).

The Romanian company will deploy a facial recognition system to warn airport security personnel of wanted persons or terrorism suspects included on intelligence services watchlists. They will also implement an intelligent image analysis solution to detect suspicious behaviours. Both solutions will be integrated with the airport video surveillance system.

The company noted in its announcment that the state-of-the-art security systems will adhere to GDPR data protection and confidentiality requirements.

Tender for Digi Yatra boarding system at CIAL

Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in India has issued a tender for the design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of a Digi Yatra eBoarding system. The tender was issued May 14, 2019 and closes May 30, 2019.

The Digi Yatra initiative will enable air travel passengers in India to board flights using facial recognition instead of physical documents.

The tender notes, among other details, that bidders should have successfully commissioned a biometrics-based passenger processing system in at least one airport and that they have a local office in India.

Digi Yatra was initially expected to go live in April, and is expected to reach half a dozen airports in the initial roll-out. Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru will be the first airport to implement the Digi Yatra system.

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