Communications technology provider Telus has partnered with airport equipment maker Embross and airline WestJet to test a contactless biometric boarding system dubbed Trusted Boarding at Calgary International Airport.
The partners, all based in Canada, say this is the first attempt at facial verification at an airport of its kind in Canada.
Participants used a digital identity wallet provided by Telus as part of an ecosystem based on a self-sovereign identity architecture, and Embross’ biometric facial scanners, according to the announcement. The contactless system was offered to users of iOS and Android devices, and compared the traveller’s face to an ID document uploaded to the app before the boarding process.
The digital identity platform was developed by one37, with validation of the integrity of the identity document by Oaro.
“Adding biometrics to travel provides a much improved airport experience, bringing us one step closer to a more secure and secure contactless travel experience,” said Mike Maxwell, Aviation Manager, Oaro.
“As air travel gradually reopens, the passenger experience continues to evolve. Our revolutionary solution, built in Canada, enables travelers to enjoy a secure, contactless identity verification experience, while ensuring that they are able to maintain control of their personal data, ”comments Ibrahim Gedeon, CTO of Telus. “This level of control establishes and increases consumer confidence by addressing data privacy, security and ethics risks up front, while providing transparency to customers. “
WestJet is working with the Canadian government to have the deployment fully approved at Canadian airports.
Airports awarded by Amadeus and ACI
Amadeus and Airports Council International announced the winners of their first technological innovation awards at the ACI World / Latin America and Caribbean Annual General Meeting, held this week in Cancun, Mexico.
Hong Kong International Airport was awarded for “Best Innovation in Airport Passenger Processes” for its biometric token system.
Frankfurt Airport won the award for ‘Best Innovation in Airport Operations and Facilities Management’ for its artificial intelligence-based baggage management system, which was recently upgraded with SITA biometrics, and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Manager Dave Wilson was named ‘Best Individual Airport Innovation Leader.’
“Our industry is on the eve of a one-of-a-kind digital transformation, as technologies such as biometrics, cloud and artificial intelligence combine to revolutionize the passenger experience,” comments Elena Avila, vice-president. Executive Chairman of Amadeus, Airport IT and Airline Operations.
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