HID and Assa Abloy take airport security to new heights

Austin, Tx (USA)

Graphics courtesy of HID Global

HID and Assa Abloy have collaborated on an innovative project taking the travel journey to new heights – pairing self-boarding gates with advanced facial recognition technology to modernise the passenger experience.

The new self-boarding gate is comprised of HID’s U.Are.U camera identification system – featuring advanced facial recognition technology – and the Assa Abloy Speed Gate to enable secure and seamless passenger ID verification for boarding. With one look, travellers move effortlessly through the biometrics-enabled self-boarding gate that helps shorten wait times and reduce airline staff workload.

Facial recognition gaining momentum

Facial recognition is quickly becoming a preferred method for authenticating people in high-traffic, security-intense environments. It is quick, frictionless and accurate. Elite systems, like the HID U.Are.U camera identification system, offer fast, accurate matching and reliable passive liveness detection to prevent spoofing — a critical requirement in busy areas such as airports with multiple ID checkpoints and limited attendants.

Boasting an ultra-modular design, the Assa Abloy speed gate is simple to install, and comes in a range of colours and sizes to complement almost any entrance. The speed gates also have a variety of security measures such as anti-tailgating, piggybacking and wrong way passage, and can handle high traffic volume in public areas with limited attendance.

Together, these innovative offerings alleviate many hassles and frustrations associated with air travel: long lines, human errors, poor matching rates … and replace them with reliable, swift identity verification for boarding.

Simple to use and efficient

The self-boarding gate system, created through the collaboration of HID and Assa Abloy, helps lift efficiencies and security while transforming the air travel experience with passenger-driven encounters. With the self-boarding gate system, a quick look is all it takes for authorised passengers to board the plane.

In addition to the self-boarding feature, facial recognition transforms the overall airport experience by empowering a more secure, more convenient travel journey.

This journey starts with secure mobile check-in when an individual authenticates their ID document, such as a passport, and then matches a selfie to the ID photo to create their mobile travel credentials. The passenger then uses their face as a single token to pass through the various airport ID checkpoints – from bag drop and security screening to duty-free shopping, VIP lounge access, boarding and more.

Speedy solution even in challenging conditions

At each ID checkpoint, HID’s AI-powered facial recognition camera matches the passenger’s face with the travel credential created at check-in for identity verification. The process can be accomplished within seconds. The camera – lauded for its matching excellence even in challenging lighting conditions – excels within airport settings where backgrounds are busy and indisputable ID verification is required.

The self-boarding gate system — along with additional HID identity authentication and verification technologies — will be displayed at the Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) next week in Germany.


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