Rockwell Collins has upgraded its biometric identity services with the integration of facial recognition technology into its self-service bag drop solution.

The expanded solution will deliver a key stage in the passenger processing system for airports, which will not require airline DCS upgrades or changes, and, according to Tony Chapman, the senior director of Product Management and Strategic Programs at Rockwell Collins, will replace ‘a time-consuming, manual process with a more secure, seamless one’.

The introduction of biometric recognition technology to airports is delivering an enhanced approach to passenger processing, and the Rockwell Collins solution further streamlines this process with full integration into existing common-use applications, including self-service kiosks.

Once an airport is enrolled, the system links passengers and their travel documentation via biometrics, resulting in a smooth journey throughout the airport environment, without having to re-present their documents, whether they be passports, boarding passes or other documentation.

Tony Chapman continues: "Rockwell Collins is aligned with IATA’s One ID vision of allowing passengers to assert their identity just once, eliminating repetitive ID checks at security, border control and the gate.

"This integration represents the next step in our strategy of delivering a complete suite of self-service passenger processing solutions that include biometric authentication, enabling airports to securely automate everything from check-in through boarding the aeroplane."