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Israel airports up security with smart card system

Posted: 15 Jan 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

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Israel Airports Authority (IAA) has tapped On Track Innovations Ltd to support the its revolutionary UniPass program, which aims to expedite the security checks process at Ben-Gurion Airport.

The UniPass solution is based in part on OTI's SmartID technology and products, which successfully passed rigorous testing by the Israeli IAA for product performance including security, durability, communications, personalization and more. OTI provides its secured contactless smart cards and readers. OTI's SmartID products enable multiple biometric engines and fast transfer of dataall with a view to assure secure and fast transaction.

With the new system, those wishing to expedite their screening process at the Ben-Gurion airport in Israel will be required to obtain a contactless chip-embedded smart card that will enable the storage of finger and facial biometrics and will include recent photos and personal information. Once enrolled to the system, a passenger will be required to present the card in front of a reader and answer a series of security questions. Once the identity has been confirmed, the passenger will be able to continue with the check-in process. According to the IAA, at the first stage of the program, El Al Matmid Frequent Flyer club are able to join the program, before being gradually expanded to include all departing passengers who voluntarily register.

According to the IAA, the new UniPass program is intended to minimize the friction and delays the passenger undergoes during a security check, shorten the lines for security checks and creating a continuous link between the different check points the passenger goes through from the minute arriving to the airport and until takeoff.

Oded Bashan, chairman and CEO of OTI, stated, "The UniPass Project will allow secured and user-friendly personal identification of people during security and check-in process while minimizing unnecessary human contact and friction. Our SmartID product meets stringent demands of the Israeli security authorities and has proved itself in secured environments applications around the world."

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