Collins Aerospace has supplied its new SelfPass biometric passenger processing system for trials in Ireland (Dublin Airport), the UK (Bristol Airport), and the US (with airline JetBlue at New York JFK Terminal 5).
“We won’t do the actual biometric facial matching service,” explained Anthony Chapman, director of global product management and strategy information management services at Collins Aerospace. “We ourselves don’t want to run a biometrics database, and airports don’t necessarily want to either,” he noted to Jane’s on 28 March during the 2019 Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE) in London.
The single-enrolment system contains a processing unit including a camera, a device management service, and back-end integration. This allows SelfPass to run services such as check-in, bag-drop, security, and boarding, with further development on mobile phone enrolment and lounge access.
In the US trial, JetBlue passengers step up to the camera before boarding for a facial match against their travel document. Chapman explained that the “same camera, [and the] same device” is used for the opposite end of the flight, facilitating the biometric exit programme from US Customs and Border Protection.
Collins Aerospace has also developed the SelfDrop R-Series bag-drop solution. This is designed as a complete replacement for legacy check-in counters, said Chapman, in line with strong demand from several customers. The new SelfDrop can be integrated with primary biometric technology from Collins Aerospace. It includes intrusion detection and a physical door to prevent unauthorised objects from being inserted into the system.
The new bag-drop system can be configured for common-use or airline-specific purposes. Optional extra features include PaxPay secure online payment , and ‘conveyability’ detection to prevent bags that need to be placed in a tub from being loaded.
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