everis ADS and dormakaba implement the first biometric automatic boarding system in a Spanish airport
Monday, 01 April, 2019

everis Aerospace, Defense and Security (everis ADS) and dormakaba Spain have developed the first biometric identification system for automatic boarding that is implemented at a Spanish airport. This technological pilot project has been launched by Aena at the Menorca Airport today, and it allows passengers to access the boarding area and enter the plane using only their faces.

This is possible thanks to the incorporation of facial biometric recognition and an initial registration process. The preliminary registration takes place when the user arrives at the airport and can be done in two ways: at the check-in counter or through a new unattended kiosk that has been specifically designed for this project.

A key aspect of the system is the high reliability of the aforementioned registration process, which includes technologies such as the verification of documents through the application of three lights (visible, infrared and ultraviolet) and the incorporation of face recognition with life test detection, which prevents the use of photographs, videos or masks (anti-spoofing system). After the user is registered, the information is sent to Aena's biometric identity manager through an encrypted channel.

Later, when the traveler approaches the first security filter that limits the access to the boarding area, several pictures are taken in order to contrast them with the identity manager. As the identification occurs, the doors open once the validity is verified, monitoring the transit of a single passenger without having to use an airline boarding pass. Something similar happens at the boarding gate, where it is not necessary to present any type of documentation. Once the biometric information is checked, the system automatically recovers the boarding card and sends it to the door, allowing access to the plane.

everis ADS and dormakaba have developed both the hardware and the software necessary for the implementation of this innovative access and automatic boarding system, including the conceptualization of the project and the design and adaptation of the required tools and technologies.

The work of both companies, together with Air Europa (the airline involved in the pilot) and under the global coordination of Aena, allows Spain to position itself as a leader in the management of passenger traffic, improving safety and facilitating their transit in airports.