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INDUSTR Y N EWS Panama Chooses Morpho e-Passport Solution

The government of Panama has chosen the consortium led by Morpho (Safran group) and comprised of Thomas Greg & Sons, a specialist in secure printing, and IAFIS, Morpho’s trusted partner for implementation and management of biometric projects in Latin America, to supply highly secure e-Passports.

Under the contract, Morpho will supply biometric enrolment stations for capturing photographs, fingerprints and signatures of passport applicants. The contract also includes the provision of a latest-generation identity management and document personalisation system to ensure secure issuance of e-Passports.

The state-of-the-art e-Passports will

feature laser-engraved data pages made of polycarbonate, the most resistant material on the market today. They will enable Panama to offer an enhanced level of security to its citizens by safeguarding against identity theft, protecting privacy and ensuring secure identification of passport holders. The first passports are expected to be issued in early 2013. “We chose Morpho based on its sound experience in identity management, biometrics and secure electronic documents. This is a key project for Panama and we are confident in Morpho’s ability to deliver a secure solution that meets industry standards” stated Carmen A. Bernárdez, Panama’s National Passport Director.

Québec City Adopts SITA’s Airport Management Solution

SITA has announced that Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport is the first to adopt its revolutionary next-generation airport management system, providing it with more robust control over its operations. It enables collaborative decision-making and delivers business results while ensuring operational service levels are met at all times. The airport, airlines, ground handlers and air traffic control all access the same data, in real-time, in a way that makes sense to them, enabling fully-informed decisions to be made to ensure optimal management of the airport. Gaëtan Gagné, CEO, Québec City Jean Lesage International Airport, said: “Because of the 68%

growth we have experienced over the last five years we needed a solution that allowed us to operate dynamically and to enable real-time decision-making so that we can continue to provide passengers with the service that makes them vote Québec the number one airport in North America. This latest generation airport system from SITA does just that. “From the very first day we were able to see the value of SITA Airport Management Solution to our operations. It is clear that its flexibility and powerful capabilities will have a great impact on how we operate. Our team has been impressed with its potential and has given only positive feedback since we started implementation.”

Security Labels International Acquire Geoffrey Waldmeyer Associates Ltd

Security Labels International, a leading manufacturer of world-class tamper evident security devices, has acquired Geoffrey Waldmeyer Associates Ltd, suppliers of plastic and metal C-TPAT security seals, asset labels and tamper evident bags.

This acquisition will add significantly to the Security Labels product portfolio, particularly

TSA to Utilise SITA’s Queue Management System

In a move to improve passengers’ experience and allow TSA Officers to focus on security related tasks at airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will begin using a queue management system provided by SITA, and its technology partner Bluelon. This system automatically measures and displays the wait time of passengers.

The solution uses Bluetooth technology to

measure the passenger traffic patterns at TSA checkpoint lines. SITA’s anonymous monitoring technology means that only traffic patterns and movements are analysed and individuals are not identified. This approach respects privacy issues while delivering highly relevant and usable information to both passengers and TSA. Communication with passengers will be improved as wait times will be displayed in real time on screens at each checkpoint.

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its Label Lock™ range of labels and tape. Used extensively by the police as well as logistics and security managers, Label Lock ™ products can be applied to everything from vehicle doors and windows, aircraft hatches and panels, and shrink-wrapped pallets to laptops, CD and DVD cases and almost all boxes and packages.

France’s Toulouse-Blagnac Airport is the world’s first airport to


Herbert Systems Supply Stansted with Checkpoint Tray Return Systems

Since UK-based Herbert Systems, leaders in innovative products for the airport industry, installed 16 automatic tray return systems (TRS’s) at London Stansted, the airport has been able to improve the passenger experience and the working environment for staff at their security checkpoint. John Farrow, Head of Terminal at Stansted Airport, said, “The innovative Automatic Tray Return System (Herbert TRS) we’ve introduced here at London Stansted utilises technology more effectively to reduce the manual handling of passengers’ bags and supersedes the previous labour-intensive system with an efficient automatic one. On-going feedback from passengers and staff has helped modify the prototype and deliver the system that’s now in operation.” The manual system that was in place meant that stacks of empty trays had to be carried from the end of the line back to the beginning which was causing manual handling issues for staff.

Andy Dowe, Herbert Systems’ Business Development Manager, explains that, “By replacing the manual system with the TRS automatic system”, they have “eliminated the need for staff to lift stacks of trays. Each tray, as it reaches the end of the line, is automatically returned to the start of the line and is presented to the passenger as he or she arrives at the checkpoint. This means staff don’t need to handle trays, they arrive as required for passengers and the staff can concentrate on the security elements of their role – and are not beset with manual handling issues.”

The TRS has also provided Stansted with other benefits. Each tray is IATA sized, which means fewer X-ray images are needed and they also move along the line at a pre- determined speed and spacing, thanks to positive tray spacing technology.

Seamless Passage Through Toulouse-Blagnac on Trial trial SIM-based

Near Field Communication (NFC) to allow passengers to pass through the airport’s checks, controls and gates using only their mobile phones. Using the security of the SIM card, the airport will enable 50 selected passengers to trial this new service on BlackBerry smartphones over the summer. The trial is a joint effort between SITA, the air transport IT and communications specialist, Toulouse-Blagnac Airport, Orange, and BlackBerry. The test passengers’ mobiles are the latest BlackBerry smartphones with NFC technology that allows communication with other NFC-enabled devices using radio frequencies by either tapping or bringing them within a range of a few centimetres. The phone will effectively become the

passengers’ pass allowing them access to car parking, the boarding area via a premium access zone and to a premium passenger lounge. At the same time, passengers will receive up to the minute information such as changes to their flight times, departure hall or boarding gate. Jean-Michel Vernhes, CEO of Toulouse- Blagnac Airport said: “With NFC technology, the mobile phone simplifies the passage of the flyer through the airport. The mobile phone now becomes a personalised tool, displaying the required information at the right moment; it also enables the flyer to better manage his time, optimising his choices. For Toulouse-Blagnac airport, the approach is to give flyers access to leading- edge technologies that enhance and facilitate the passenger experience at the airport, in providing new Premium services.” 43

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