MorphoTrust secures contract for E-CAT technology at US airports


MorphoTrust US has secured an $85m contract from the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to provide credential authentication technology (E-CAT) for all US airports.

The contract will help in the scanning of passenger credentials at the checkpoints, instead of having to inspect them visually. This technology will automatically check multiple security features to ensure that the passenger documents are original and have not been tampered with or altered.

"MorphoTrust E-CAT is the culmination of many years of work to address airport security requirements following the 9/11 tragedy, while simplifying travel for American citizens."

This information will be verified against the passenger boarding information from TSA's Secure Flight watchlist matching system once the E-CAT is connected to its network.

MorphoTrust CEO Bob Eckel said: "MorphoTrust E-CAT is the culmination of many years of work to address airport security requirements following the 9/11 tragedy, while simplifying travel for American citizens.

"It is also just the beginning of our vision for what is possible in air travel, creating a future in which passengers can move easily and securely from the curb to the gate without boarding passes or security lines."

MorphoTrust provides market-leading solutions and services to state and federal agencies and has been providing identity solutions and services to the TSA for approximately eight years.

The company is also a TSA-approved provider of aviation channelling services, which helps the screening of airport employees.