Orlando Airport partners with SITA to install biometric gates

12 June 2018 (Last Updated June 12th, 2018 12:34)

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has selected IT and telecommunication provider SITA to deploy biometric solutions at Orlando International Airport in the US.

The Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) has selected IT and telecommunication provider SITA to deploy biometric solutions at Orlando International Airport in the US.

Working as the technology partner of the GOAA, SITA will deploy the US Customs & Border Protection (CBP) Biometric Entry and Exit Program at the airport.

Under the terms of the contract, SITA will integrate its Smart Path biometric technology at 64 boarding lanes and 30 international boarding gates across the airport over the coming months.

Additionally, SITA will deliver the technology solution, professional services, hardware and maintenance, which will be backed by its global service management.

“The innovative boarding process we tested is really popular with passengers. They simply look at the camera and within seconds the gate opens and they can board the flight.”

The latest move follows the company’s collaboration with GOAA, British Airways and CBP to test the US biometric departure check for British Airways’ customers earlier this year.

The trial proved successful and prompted the concerned parties to deploy the technology across the airport.

GOAA chief information officer John Newsome said: “Our decision to implement biometric exit checks across the whole airport follows a hugely successful live trial.

“The innovative boarding process we tested is really popular with passengers. They simply look at the camera and within seconds the gate opens and they can board the flight.

“The solution works on common-use boarding gates and can be easily used by the many international airlines that we serve at MCO.”

The system facilitates quick and hassle-free boarding to aircraft and also incorporates the new secure biometric exit checks.

With Smart Path, travellers will just need to look at the camera, without having to present boarding passes or passports.

SITA Americas president Diana Einterz said: “GOAA’s implementation of SITA Smart Path for the US CBP biometric exit checks will deliver a simpler travel process for the airport’s six million annual international passengers.”

It is expected that 100% biometric boarding for international flights at Orlando International Airport will be made available by October this year.