Busy Qatar airport upgrades access & biometrics

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HIA airport in Qatar has upgraded to a new solution from Nedap &TBS combining access control and biometric technologies. Image courtesy of TBS

Hamad International Airport (HIA), the main airport serving Qatar, has selected a new access control system using a combination of technologies from Nedap and TBS. 

HIA is one of the busiest airports in the world, handling over 50 million passengers annually. HIA is known for its state-of-the-art facilities and amenities and also has its own Qatar Airways Museum, which houses a collection of artefacts and memorabilia from the national airline's history. In terms of passenger satisfaction, HIA consistently ranks among the best airports in the world. In 2019, it was named the "World's Best Airport" by the Airports Council International.

The HIA stepped up security by implementing an access control system that uses badge readers, biometric fingerprint readers, and is integrated with their management system.  As part of the project, TBS developed a module to parse biometric fingerprint data in WSQ format, and also created a Swagger Interface to accommodate this integration.

The new access control system from Nedap and TBS was chosen as the ideal solution for the needs of Hamad International Airport. The new system is integrated with their existing management system. As soon as a badge is printed by their management system all cardholder data is automatically pushed to the new Nedap/TBS solution. The new Swagger Interface makes it easy to accommodate this integration, and the module - also newly developed – to parse the biometric fingerprint data ensures that all data is accurately transferred.

High quality integration

According to the company, the customer selected TBS because of TBS’s reputation for providing high-quality products and excellent customer service. The customer was also impressed with the TBS 2D+HD biometric fingerprint readers, which were installed on dual height pedestals at all HIA Access Control Point Gates. The readers were integrated with Nedap ACS controllers and provided the perfect solution for the customer's needs. The design, installation and challenging high-quality integration were implemented by the systems integrator Lysys Qatar W.L.L.

2D Iron is the biometric solution

2D Iron has been designed to withstand both rough treatment and extreme environments. It features a multispectral 2D+ sensor within resilient waterproof housing, to deliver dependable identification in any situation. This robust fingerprint sensor will provide the user with a sense of comfort and reliability. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor applications, it can withstand harsh environmental conditions to deliver superior identification performance wherever needed.

Increased security with liveness detection

The multispectral sensor is able to precisely identify up to 20,000 different fingerprints quickly, reliably and regardless of finger condition (dirty, dusty or oily). The 2D Iron also boasts excellent liveness detection, configurable at three threshold levels, further increasing security. It is ideal for high-security access control applications. The 2D Touch family uses a common biometric template, so you only have to enroll once. 2D Iron is the family champion, delivering the highest grade of security and user comfort.


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