Airports are unique due to the large amount of independent stakeholders incorporated in one unique area.
The Idea behind the system is the Integration of independent administrations and companies handling the passengers:
- - Security - airport security
- - Passenger screening
- - Luggage Screening
- - Physical security
- - Cargo Security
- - Employee screening
- - Airline security
- - Handling Companies
- - SITA
- - Luggage handling system and logistics
- - Government agencies, immigration and customs
- - Customs
- - Airlines
- - Commercial services
- - Duty Free, Parking, Car Hire and more.
The infrastructure should provide a complete solution including:
- A DRP solution listening to the core of the system via two separate sites.
This solution should be reliable, available, and expandable.
- A secured solution – both for privacy and security of information.
- PKI infrastructures- encrypted communication and databases using a digital signature
- Complete Monitoring and quality assurance for the system both technological and logistical.
The Challenge presented:
- Mass transportation systems are being used by an increasing number of passengers every year.
- Global terror organizations see transportation systems as vulnerable and thus attractive targets.
- Terror organizations are constantly coming up with new methods of attacks.
- In order to insure safe travel, new and stricter security measures are being implemented worldwide.
- As a result, processing times for passengers are becoming longer and thus causing longer queues.
- Long queues and high processing time are causing setbacks and delays and so causing financial damages to commercial stakeholders
The Solution presented:
- An automated complete security system
- Security oriented
- Involves all stakeholders
- Allows for a safe and fast process
- Bridges over the gaps
**The solution provided provides a unique automation of each of the above on an entry to exit `basis. i.e.
from the moment a passenger enters the airport until he departs at the destination airport.
What is the IDTPass™:
- An innovative complete security solution for mass transportation systems.
- IDT Pass™ is a modular system tailor made for each customer
- Uses state of the art biometric identification technologies
- IDT Pass™ is implemented in four stages:
- Performing a comprehensive survey of current processes and customer demands
- Designing the technological solution according to survey findings
- Implementation of the system and providing procedures
- Ongoing support and quality assurance
What are the key Benefits to the system:
- Short and efficient process
- Secured and accurate identification process
- Automated allocation of passengers and belongings to a security check level
- One time enrollment to the system
- Identifies and associates passengers and their belongings.
- Supports the use of an automated Immigration process
- Allows monitoring of passenger and their belongings location throughout the terminal.
- Accommodates installation staff commercial service providers and other permit holders.
Since many airports have presented different solution to accommodate the business travelers
or frequent travelers with a registered traveler program, the IAA was appointed to do the same.
The difference being that other airports were keen on shortening the waiting period for the security
check lines for those registered travelers, i.e. a convenience service solution with a pre ruling on
security, the IAA had to implement a complete solution allowing for convenience yet increasing the
security checks performed both on the passengers and their belongings.
Common Registered Traveler Programs process:
- •Registration on line or at a designated office.
- •Invitation to an interview
- •Acquisition of Biometric features- iris, facial, vein or finger.
- •Background check – all government agencies
- •Payment of an annual fee
- •Approval/non- approval
- •Issue a RT card- smart card holding all of the above information.
The RT card will allow passenger to go through a designated security line.
The RT Program:
- •A onetime registration process at the airport
- •An automated OCR and MRZ of the passport
- •Acquisition of biometric features- facial and fingerprint
- •An automated passenger processing process is performed by a pre defined ruling – citizenship,
- military status,
- background check through the authorities databases
- •The system provides a security scoring and the passenger is “tagged” with a threat level.
- •The biometric passport is loaded with the information above. (Currently adding a smart chip sticker
- onto the existing passport).
- •No annual fee
When the passenger arrives to the security area he directly goes to the kiosk where he presents his designated passport. Whilst presenting the passport the system automatically perform a facial recognition identification of the passenger and runs the appropriate security checks with the authorities. The passenger is asked through a series of questions presented on a touch screen about his journey and the handling of his belongings prior to his arrival to the airport.
Once the passenger has completed the questionnaire and the system has identified him (either by facial or finger) he may then proceed to the check-in area to check his belongings for the flight. At this point the system has already performed a security check and has assigned the passenger with a scoring for the handling of his belongings. The actual check of the luggage is performed in accordance to the scoring. i.e. some passenger have their bags physically checked by agents and others have their bags sent directly to the aircraft.
Once arrived at the check-in counter the passenger is requested to present his finger print. This allows the airline agent to printout a boarding pass and luggage tag assigned to the passenger. Without a pre check at the kiosk the airline agent will not be able to print out a boarding pass or luggage tag. The airline may also add the destination and airline code to the smart chip for further use by authorities. The passenger may now proceed to the security check point for entering the sterile terminals and boarder control.
Once the passenger arrives to the security area the passenger is once again requested to present his finger print for identification. Once identified the passenger may proceed to the screening area through a designated lane for RT passenger for a quick screen of the hand luggage. The passenger may now proceed to the immigration area.
At the immigration area the passenger will use an automated kiosk to identify himself through the travel document and his biometric features. The system will ask as to the travel destination and airline and match the information presented to the information stored or sent to the immigration agent by the airline. The passenger may now visit the commercial are in the terminal or go directly to the gate area.
At the gate area the passenger will present his boarding pass and his finger print for a match. This allows for a positive identification of the passenger boarding the aircraft and eliminating the possibility of “passenger switching”.
Present a system architecture that will allow all stakeholders involvement, yet secure all information from the unauthorized use by either of the stakeholders involved. i.e. each stakeholder only has access to a very limited and restricted part of the information acquired. This task has been successfully performed by a unique PKI and digital signature solution presented as part of the smart chip use.
In the future the system will allow many more advanced features to be added including a smart commercial design as part of the RT Program….