IATA, the widely respected representative group within the air industry, is promoting “Smart Security.” This has the widely accepted triple aims of achieving: strengthened security; increased efficiency; improved passenger experience. Biometrics is seen as a key enabler for these triple aims and Aurora collaborated with IATA at trials in Geneva and Heathrow Airports that have shown wide passenger acceptance of our systems.
Aurora’s facial biometric systems are extensively deployed at Heathrow and Manchester Airports. They are used to assist passenger boarding. By linking a biometric enrolment photo, at entrance to the departure lounge, to the bar code on the boarding ticket, certainty around the correct passenger identity can be provided. This also speeds the boarding process. At Heathrow the system is used for all domestic flights and many millions of transactions have been processed. In the realm of passenger boarding this was the first deployment for a whole class of passengers. Previous systems have offered limited fast track verification but not for all passengers on a flight.
With a range of air industry partners some have dubbed the Aurora system as “the de facto standard.” Certainly, at the Paris prestigious air industry conference and exhibition PTE in March 2015, Aurora’s systems on six separate stands, incorporated into self boarding gates, bag drop and ticket kiosks, eclipsed those of all competitors.