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German airports upgrade eGates technology at border security points

All Germany’s major airports are to be upgraded with eGates technology as part of the EasyPASS project and contract award by the German Border Police. The FaceVACS-Entry system is ready for

integration into electronic gates (eGates) which provide travelers with electronic passports (ePassports) the option to pass

through automatic passport checks. After a person enters the gate, the system detects the person’s face, adjusts the position of the cameras according to the person’s height and then captures frontal images. The software verifies the live images against biometric photos stored in passports, other ID documents and/ or facial image databases.

Cognitec , which is supplying the

system, says it complies with guidelines set by the European Border Police (Frontex). A proprietary sensor, able to distinguish between human faces and artifacts like printed images and masks, detects presentation attacks.


Baggage handling systems integrator, Logan Teleflex has rebranded the company as Daifuku Logan. The name change reflects the consolidation of Daifuku’s global ABH (Airport Baggage Handling) Division, which operates in the US, Europe, the Asia Pacific region, Japan & China. Daifuku entered the airport baggage handling industry seven years ago and has continued to invest in product R&D, systems and solution design, along with major investments in customer demonstration centres in Japan, UK and US. These developments include

innovations in Baggage Tray Systems, Tilt Tray Sorters, DCV and the DuoSys crane systems. Daifuku Logan, which has both sales,

design and manufacturing facilities along with customer service and support locations based in the north and south of England, France, Asia and China, is a sister firm of Daifuku Webb in the USA, a company with a US$500 million dollar turnover. Daifuku Logan recently

invested heavily in its UK infrastructure and has plans this year to extend its operational bases to Singapore. Ron Osborne, Director and General Manager of Daifuku Logan, said: “We see our name, Daifuku Logan, as the latest step in helping to build Daifuku as a global brand in the airport industry. With

the considerable resources, expertise and knowledge of the Daifuku ABH group at our disposal, we are already making inroads in providing airports with modern baggage systems that have transportation, sortation and security screening applications, like Standard 3 screening, as the norm.“

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Tool allows carriers to tailor flight services

A new programme which gives cabin staff access to electronic passenger information via an iPad has been developed by Allegiant Systems. The ePIL application is an iPad-based

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) program that provides cabin crew the most up-to-date, real- time passenger information. It helps airlines keep track of key

customer preferences and information such as loyalty points, tier levels, seat preferences, purchase history and even passenger allergies. It can be used as a predictive demand tool, and in conjunction with inventory management, can assist airlines in determining the most popular products on each route, for less waste and improved ancillary revenue earnings.

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