Several major Indian airports are testing body scanners and facial recognition systems, while in Los Angeles, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is introducing new biometric scanners for contactless identity verification. And the field of aviation biometrics continues to grow as an entrepreneurship program at MIT and the 2022 Crystal Cabin Awards show what the future of the industry could look like with new biometric integrations.
Airports in India and Los Angeles are installing new biometric scanners in trials
India’s Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will test full body scanners and facial recognition systems at some of the country’s largest airports, while a mainland away, Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) introduces a new facial biometric process as part of a 90-day trial.
The free press newspaper reports that a trial of full body scanners is underway at airports in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad, Pune and Chennai. Some unnamed deficiencies were reportedly discovered, prompting a technical subcommittee to review, evaluate and recommend testing guidelines and protocols for testing the technology.
CISF will use millimeter wave technology on backscattered X-rays due to reduced radiation emissions, according to the Free press review.
In addition, a pilot project of the Digi Yatra biometric digital processing system has taken place at the airports of Mumbai, Varanasi and Bangalore by order of the Ministry of Civil Aviation. Digi Yatra aims to form a connected ecosystem that creates a seamless travel experience while maintaining security. The facial recognition and Digi Yatra systems will be tested at airports in Hyderabad, Bangalore and Delhi, it adds.
The rules for processing biometric data under Digi Yatra, meanwhile, are slowly emerging as the system moves toward production deployment.
At LAX, a contactless facial recognition system to streamline the passenger experience is being tested, which has taken on particular importance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ABC7 reports that the airport will use Credential Authentication Technology (CAT) biometric devices that photograph the passenger and compare their facial features to government identification. No documents need to be exchanged with a passenger and a TSA agent, which passengers quoted by ABC7 appreciated, as well as the speed of the process.
The TSA will test the biometric process for approximately 90 days at LAX and decide to expand it nationwide. Twelve other airports are testing the biometric system across the United States, according to ABC7.
“We already know the security benefits, but it’s also important for us to know what they think,” says Keith Jeffries, director of federal security for the TSA at LAX.
The airport’s extensive biometric plans were recently discussed by Aura Moore of Los Angeles World Airports during an FTE webinar with representatives from Idemia and the TSA.
Innovations in aeronautical biometrics in preview
A two-week hybrid bootcamp to brainstorm proposals for the Hong Kong Airport Authority designs biometric technology to speed check-in and boarding and help attract customers to airport facilities; and the 2022 Crystal Cabin Awards showcase iris biometrics as a potential technology for aircraft cabins.
The MIT Entrepreneurship and Maker Skills Integrator (MEMSI), an entrepreneurial program of the MIT Hong Kong Innovation Node, has propose a variety of innovations to improve airport operations in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, with biometrics playing a major role.
One is a “Flight Token”, a biometric that would use facial recognition to enable contactless check-in and boarding at airports. The designers envision it would speed up passenger travel and help the airline industry rebound after the pandemic devastated the industry. “What we could see could be a strong rebound, especially for travelers after the travel ban is lifted…an opportunity to make getting around easier, flying as easy as taking the bus,” says Chris Au Young, managing director of smart airport and managing director of data. analytics at the Hong Kong Airport Authority.
Another student is proposing a hybrid of geolocation and biometrics data to produce personalized recommendations through the passenger app to suggest foot traffic to restaurants, retail stores and other airport amenities.
And the Crystal Cabin Awards 2022 announced a shortlist of innovators in aeronautical innovation, with the appearance of Gentex.
The computer vision and aerospace company introduced an iris scanning system that spans the plane to authenticate the crew when entering the cockpit or included in the screen of the device. seat back to customize media or passenger purchase offers.
Finalists will be announced in May 2022 and winners will be crowned in June 2022.
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