As biometrics turn to be the imperative feature in airports all over the world, a question surrounding the move from authentication to identification is asked quite often. Should airports move from 1:1 to 1:N? Passengers ask for a seamless travelling experience and on the other hand airports like it.

How has the airport experience changed with the advent of biometric technologies?

Everyone who has travelled in airport knows that each company and airport has its own way to serve the customer, varying enormously from how they verify identity, information and how they follow procedures. This is a point-by-point approach, which is the norm nowadays, the idea with biometrics technology is to simplify this approach to a connected approach, seamless and shared: A common biometric database allowing an interexchange of identities’ information and verified travels between airlines and airports is a key point for a maximum of effiency, fast and soft experience to travelers, airports and border control.

IDEMIA as the world leader of augmented identity knows how to make this swift for airports and airlines to improve operational workflow and operability .

 What is authentication and identification in biometrics?

Biometric authentication, as the name says, authenticates your biometric template (store datapoint of your face, fingerprint, vein…) against one that is supposed to be yours: it’s a one-to-one match or 1:1 (e.g. the biometric stored in a travel document or in a database). On the other hand: biometric identification, is when your biometric template is searched in a database containing stored biometric templates– This is the ‘one-to-many’ match or 1:N.

IDEMIA has both solutions to handle customer’s needs.

Thinking of three key points,  IDEMIA offers its biometric solutions for:

  • Optimized Traveling experience: Faster and with easy capture of high quality biometric data, the traveler has a seamless experience when moving from point A to point B, this softened experience offers more comfort and well being to passengers because of: Less queues, intuitive procedure and fast identification.
  • Accuracy and performance: As an unique feature of you, biometrics work in an automated environment with a high level of performance. The data itself can be analyzed and improved when atypical situations occur.
  • Integration: Workflows and communication is a turning point with biometrics, the data integration and processes are a crucial advantage to be shared and improved.

Are there privacy issues that must be overcome if airports have to continue to embrace this idea of seamless flow?

A strong data privacy is demanded while handling citizens’ data,  the travel industry will have to adapt to the evolving regulation.

With long experience on biometric field, IDEMIA provides support in order to facilitate the understanding and clarify the questions of a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) needed by GDPR.