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Can airlines and airports use 'smart contracts' for shared control of data?

SITA Lab, the research team of the air transport industry’s IT provider SITA, today revealed the learnings from research it carried out with British Airways, Heathrow, Geneva Airport and Miami International Airport into ‘smart contracts’ residing on a blockchain.

Blockchain has been heralded as a transformational technology for many industries. While several use cases have been identified for the air transport industry, the opportunity of using ‘smart contracts’ for shared control of data by airlines and airports is one which promises real benefits. SITA Lab today issued FlightChain, a paper outlining the findings of its research conducted with its airline and airport partners.

The air transport industry is highly-connected and there is a need for ‘single source of truth’ for various data used by different stakeholders. Control of shared data is a key concern for all. Blockchain offers potential to share data in a controlled way. SITA recognizes, however, that there is a need for research so the industry can take the right approach, to ensure governance, standards, compliance, security and more.

This research project was initially established by SITA Lab with Heathrow Airport Holdings Limited (HAL) and International Airlines Group (IAG) with Geneva Airport and Miami International Airport participating. Called FlightChain, it was devised to investigate a single source of truth for flight data.  The “flight data problem” is a well-known issue in the industry - namely, there is no single source of the truth and the data that does exist, is not easily accessed by all parties.

While there are many cases of airlines and airports collaborating to share flight data, this data still resides in separate silos. When there are flight delays, this results in differences between passenger apps, airport FIDS and airline agents. FlightChain ensures all stakeholders have the same information.

Jim Peters, CTO, SITA, said: “Our FlightChain project has demonstrated that blockchain is a viable technology to provide a single source of truth for data for airlines and airports, specifically for real-time flight information. While there are other technologies available for sharing data, the use of blockchain, and smart contracts in particular, provides ‘shared control’ and improves the trustworthiness of the data. This research with our partners shows the potential of blockchain for sharing data across the air transport industry.”

FlightChain was established as a private permissioned blockchain (implemented on both Ethereum and Hyperledger-Fabric) that stores flight information on the blockchain, using a smart contract to arbitrate potentially conflicting data. British Airways, Geneva Airport, Heathrow and Miami International Airport provide flight data that is merged and stored on the blockchain. During this project more than two million flight changes were processed by the smart contract and stored on FlightChain.

Stuart Harwood, Heathrow Automation and Innovation, HAL, said: “Heathrow’s participation in FlightChain with SITA Lab has been very valuable. We are still early in the blockchain technology cycle and more research is required but FlightChain has shown the opportunities for shared control of data with our industry partners.”

Peters, added: “In a real-world network, it will be important to manage the changes to the smart contract as it affects all participants. Industry bodies such as ACI and IATA, working with SITA as the neutral IT provider to the air transport community, could be involved in the establishment of the contract. In fact, we can imagine a future where industry standards are written directly as smart contracts instead of published as PDF documents.”

Glenn Morgan, Head of Digital Business Transformation at International Airlines Group (IAG), said: “Now we’ve proven the technology, we are really excited by the opportunities that blockchain can create in the industry. We will work with IATA and ACI to ensure the best practices are in place.”

The research paper published today details key lessons learned regarding governance, smart contracts, system security and system performance, scalability and reliability. Along with a view on the use of public versus private blockchain networks for the air transport industry.

Lawmakers, Procurement Experts Call Puerto Rico Power Contract a 'Travesty'

 

The Trump administration is distancing itself from a controversial contract aimed at rebuilding the power grid in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, which procurement experts and lawmakers say has dubious origins and contains highly unusual provisions.

The contract in question was valued at $300 million and awarded to a small Montana firm, Whitefish Energy, by the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority. The unusually high labor costs and language that prohibits government agencies from auditing certain aspects of the deal, as revealed in the leaked contract, sparked concern from members of Congress and government watchdogs. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., the ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said the contract “raises every red flag in the book.”

Both the White House and the Federal Emergency Management Administration have distanced themselves from the contract.

“Based on initial review and information from PREPA, FEMA has significant concerns with how PREPA procured this contract and has not confirmed whether the contract prices are reasonable,” FEMA said in a statement on Friday. “FEMA is presently engaged with PREPA and its legal counsel to obtain information about the contract and contracting process, including how the contract was procured and how PREPA determined the contract prices were reasonable.”

One provision of the document stated “FEMA has reviewed and approved of this contract” and is “an acceptable form to qualify for funding from FEMA and other U.S. governmental agencies,” but FEMA said that characterization is “inaccurate.”

Another section of the contract states “the federal government is not a party to this contract and is not subject to any obligations or liabilities to PREPA” or anyone else party to the document. FEMA said it has yet to provide any reimbursement to Whitefish, adding any applicant for its public assistance grants must abide by federal requirements or “risk not being reimbursed.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said at a briefing on Friday the contract was “not something the federal government played a role in” and declined to comment on its propriety until a proper audit is conducted.

Both the process for obtaining the contract and the subject of it are problematic, said Steven Schooner, a professor of government procurement law at The George Washington University and a former associate administrator for procurement law and legislation at the Office of Federal Procurement Policy in the Office of Management and Budget. Whitefish did not go through a competitive, open bidding process before receiving the contract. The attempt to limit transparency through restricting audits “jumps off the page” and is “highly irregular,” Schooner said.

The contract states that, “In no event shall PREPA, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the FEMA administrator, the comptroller general of the United States, or any of their authorized representatives have the right to audit or review the cost and profit elements of the labor rates specified herein."

Scott Amey, general counsel at the Project on Government Oversight, said an audit clause used to be standard practice until sometime during the Clinton administration. He added that many contracts today still go out the door without requiring firms to “provide adequate support for costs or prices.” Amey found problematic another clause in the contract, in which PREPA waived “any claims against” Whitefish for any delays in completing work.

The waiver “raises concerns about whether Whitefish or its subcontractor workforce is prolonging the work to reach, and possibly extend, the contract’s $300 million ceiling,” Amey said.

Amey echoed Schooner in noting the contract highlighted the difficulties in negotiating relief contracts after a disaster strikes. Many observers faulted Puerto Rico for reaching an agreement with Whitefish rather than relying on a previously established mutual-aid network of public utilities that typically handle power restoration.

Several aspects of the billing have also raised concerns. A journeyman lineman on the contract, Schooner noted, would make about $228 per hour. Subcontracted journeyman linemen, who will provide the vast majority of the work for the contract, will earn $319 per hour. That provides a significant take off the top for Whitefish, Schooner said, in which “you’d have to be an idiot” to send your own employees to do the work rather than hiring subcontractors. Those employees will also earn a $400 per diem, according to the contract, meaning a subcontractor lineman working eight hours would bill at nearly $3,000 per day.

“That’s a jaw-dropping rate,” Schooner said. “How could somebody have agreed to these kinds of rates?”

Whitefish is also billing the government at an hourly rate for equipment, which Schooner called “unthinkable.”

“It’s so unbelievably nonsensical I don’t even know where to begin,” he said.

The contract initially came under scrutiny after reports surfaced that Whitefish is headquartered in the small town where Interior Department Secretary Ryan Zinke lives, and that Zinke’s son interned at the company. Interior has denied Zinke had any involvement with the contract, something Sanders said Zinke reiterated to Trump at a previously scheduled White House meeting on Friday.

"Any attempts by the dishonest media or political operatives to tie me to awarding or influencing any contract involving Whitefish are completely baseless," Zinke said in a statement Friday. "I welcome any and all investigations into these allegations, and encourage the Interior Department's inspector general to investigate this matter fully." 

Two House committees, Energy and Commerce and well as Natural Resources, have launched probes into the contract. The Homeland Security Department’s inspector general is also investigating the contract. McCaskill and the chairman of her committee, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., wrote a letter to the IG requesting he determine whether the contract is eligible for reimbursement under FEMA’s Public Assistance Program. Their committee is holding a hearing on the federal government’s recent hurricane response efforts, and McCaskill said Trump administration officials “better be ready to answer tough questions on exactly what is happening with this contract.”

The no-audit clause in Whitefish’s contract, Amey noted, did not apply to the DHS IG or congressional committees.

Schooner praised the reviews underway, calling the contract a “travesty” and suggesting some major changes happen quickly.

“It would be an abomination if it isn’t very quickly terminated, modified or replaced,” he said.

 

Hikvision Launches Cybersecurity Hotline

 

Hikvision North America solidifies its commitment to cybersecurity with a dedicated cybersecurity hotline

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif.—October 23, 2017–Hikvision USA Inc., the North American leader in award-winning video surveillance products and solutions, today announced the launch of a cybersecurity hotline that Hikvision integrators, clients and technology partners can call for direct support related to cybersecurity concerns.

 

Hikvision encourages its partners to update all equipment to the latest available firmware. “Updating firmware is an effective way to safeguard equipment from cyberattacks and eliminate known vulnerabilities. Firmware updates are available on the Hikvision website,” said Chuck Davis, Hikvision director of cybersecurity for North America.

 

Partners can reach the Hikvision cybersecurity hotline directly by calling 626-723-2100, or by dialing the general technical support line at 866-200-6690, and pressing “5.” Cybersecurity support can also be provided via email at [email protected]

 

Hikvision takes cybersecurity concerns with the utmost seriousness and takes diligent action to ensure that its products meet the standards of the security industry’s best practices.

 

“Cybersecurity is Hikvision’s top priority,” said Jeffrey He, president of Hikvision USA Inc. and Hikvision Canada Inc. “Innovation and R&D are integral parts of our technology development, and continuous improvements to our cybersecurity support with this hotline solidify our commitment to secure our products even further.”

 

About Hikvision

Hikvision is the world’s leading supplier of video surveillance solutions. Featuring the industry’s strongest R&D workforce, Hikvision designs, develops, and manufactures standard- and high-definition cameras, including a variety of IP cameras, analog cameras, and cameras featuring the latest in high-definition analog technology. Hikvision’s product suite also includes digital video servers, hybrid and standalone DVRs, NVRs, and other elements of sophisticated security systems for both indoor and outdoor use. Committed to the utmost quality and safety of its products, Hikvision encourages partners to take advantage of the many cybersecurity resources Hikvision offers, including the Hikvision Security Center.

 

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Martha Entwistle

Senior Manager Strategic Communications, Hikvision USA Inc.

[email protected]

60 years innovating for the Latin American air transport industry

In November 1957, from a small facility in Buenos Aires, SITA began operations in Latin America. Since then, it has grown and transformed into the air transport industry’s communications and IT solution provider, with Aerolíneas Argentinas as one of its main customers.

During this period, the company has been a key contributor to airport infrastructure development in the region, through the implementation of new technologies. In 1988, Rio de Janeiro Airport was the first in the region move from manual check-in to SITA’s common-use system (CUTE – Common Use Terminal Equipment). Since 2005, passengers in Cancun can check themselves in using SITA’s self-service kiosks. Over the years, SITA has supported the air transport industry in Latin America with state-of-the-art technology, to make air travel easier at every step of the way, helping them to meet the expectations of passengers of the future.

The company’s portfolio covers all areas operations including passenger processing, airport operations, baggage, border management and aircraft communications, making the industry more efficient and effective.

Elbson Quadros, SITA Vice President, Latin America, said: “Our greatest delight is to celebrate our 60th anniversary with our customers, who have been trusting our services from the very beginning. SITA is unique because it is the global IT and communications provider to the air transport industry and is owned by the community. We have been part of the major aviation achievements in Latin American over the past 60 years and we will continue to contribute to an increasingly safe and efficient advanced industry. Through SITA Lab, our technology research team, we are exploring strategic and innovative solutions for our clients in biometrics, mixed reality and artificial intelligence. While our robot, Leo, which has already been in Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and Chile, will be showcased next month at a major industry event in Costa Rica."

Ricardo Lehmacher, Airports Manager for the Aerolíneas Group, added: “For Aerolíneas Argentinas, SITA's efforts to improve our service standards are fundamental. We believe it is vital to offer our passengers and employees the latest technology available, especially in a context of growth and expansion of our business. Together with SITA we want to continue working to always be at the forefront of technology.”

Nearly every airline and airport in the world does business with SITA and its border management solutions are used by more than 30 governments. With a presence at more than 1,000 airports around the world and a customer service team of 2,000+ staff, SITA delivers unmatched service to more than 2,800 customers in more than 200 countries. 

In 2016, SITA had consolidated revenues of US$1.5 billion. SITA’s subsidiaries and joint ventures include

SITAONAIR, CHAMP Cargosystems and Aviareto.

SITA has 320 employees serving the Latin American and Caribbean region, with offices in Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, México, Paraguay, Perú, Surinam, Venezuela, Aruba, Bahamas, Grenada, Guayana, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Martin, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Jamaica, Curaçao and Trinidad.

New Cybersecurity Regulations Adopted to Protect Financial Systems & Information

In 2016 almost 1.1 billion identities were stolen globally.  This number is up dramatically from a reported 563.8 million identities stolen in 2015.   In addition, the same Symantec Internet Security Threat Report placed the United States at the top of the list for both the number of breaches by country (1,023) and the number of identities stolen by country.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security and other government entities around the globe have been monitoring this increased cybercriminal threat and determining means to help protect the private information of individuals as well as the information technology systems of regulated organizations.

New York State’s Division of Financial Security released new cybersecurity requirements (23 NYCRR 500), directly affecting the way that financial data is managed going forward. Applicable to financial services companies operating in New York State, these regulations declare that, on an annual basis, financial firms are required to prepare and submit a Certification of Compliance with the NY DFS Cybersecurity Regulations to the superintendent, commencing on February 15, 2018.

The scope of this legislation describes measures related to: cybersecurity programs and policy, personnel, resources and training, penetration testing and assessments, audit trails, access privileges, application security, third parties, NPI (Non Public Information) encryption, data retention, incident response and notification.

Among other requirements, this regulation dictates that companies declare any cyberattack to the superintendent within 72 hours. In the past, many companies chose to not disclose information related to these hacking exposures because much of their cost stems from damage to brand reputation and the necessary steps required to rebuild the trust of their clients post-attack.

Similar to the NY DFS proposal, the Federal Reserve Board (FSD), the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), and the FDIC issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) on enhanced cyber risk management and resilience standards for large banking organizations.  Additionally, the states of Vermont and Colorado have released laws pertaining to cybersecurity and the improved protection and monitoring of data. 

Two technologies specifically called out in the new NYS DFS Cybersecurity requirements, Multi-factor Authentication (MFA) and Risk Based Authentication (RBA), are key methods of complying with regulation and defending against attacks. 

Multi-factor authentication is defined as using at least two factors to authenticate a person, generally a combination of:

  • “Something I Have” — this could be a hardware token, a mobile soft token, etc.
  • “Something I Know” — like a PIN code, a password, and
  • “Something I Am” — such as a fingerprint or face recognition.

With MFA, the two factors are fully independent from each other (i.e. the failure of one factor would not compromise the other one).

Risk based authentication is the capacity to detect anomalies or changes in the normal use patterns of a person as part of the authentication process, require additional verification if an anomaly is detected to avoid any breach.

It is more efficient to avoid hacking and cyber-attacks in the first place by focusing attention on the security of the applications being accessed, both externally and internally.  To learn more about these regulations and how similar standards will impact you, visit www.hidglobal.com/iam.

HID Global Receives Industry Accolade for New Cloud-based ID Issuance and Personalization Solution

HID FARGO Connect Cuts the Cord Between Printers and Dedicated PCs for a New Way to Create and Securely Issue IDs

AUSTIN, Texas, October 17, 2017 – HID Global, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, today announced its cloud-based HID FARGO® Connect™ solution has won the 2017 Campus Safety Best Awards in the Access Control & Identity Management category. As the world’s first cloud-based card personalization and issuance solution, HID FARGO Connect untethers printers from dedicated computers to offer a new way to create, personalize and securely issue IDs and credentials.    

“HID FARGO Connect addresses a growing market demand to simplify the management and delivery of IDs, especially for high-volume issuance requirements in environments with large populations,” said Craig Sandness, Vice President and Managing Director of Secure Issuance with HID Global.  “This recognition underscores yet another solution from HID Global that powers trusted identities through an innovative approach to card personalization.”

HID FARGO Connect makes it possible to issue ID cards from anywhere and from any device via the web—all in a trusted environment that leverages the industry’s most secure cloud technologies with end-to-end encryption. Users can create new cards or issue replacements, encode data and manage print queues through a secure and trusted system. 

The Campus Safety Magazine 2017 BEST award honors superior products and services for K-12 campuses, institutions of higher education and healthcare organizations.

Click here to learn more about HID FARGO Connect.

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NAVIGATION BRIDGE SYSTEM FOR THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by Hyundai Heavy Industries to supply the Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) for The Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN) Maritime Sustainment Capability (MSC) Vessel.

The INBS system meets the requirements of IMO Lloyds Register Class Notation IBS and Naval Ship Code. It includes a dual redundant data distribution system and fully integrated Kelvin Hughes multifunction displays. The radar system takes advantage of the Kelvin Hughes’ advanced solid state SharpEye™ Doppler radars that bring full situational awareness to the bridge even in the most severe weather conditions.

The MSC tanker is the New Zealand Defence Force’s (NZDF) future ice-capable fleet replenishment tanker and will be the largest vessel to be operated by the RNZN. With a scheduled delivery of the ship in 2020 by Hyundai Heavy Industries and the RNZN planning to induct the vessel in 2021, Kelvin Hughes will supply the bridge system for installation in 2018. The MSC vessel was approved by The Government of New Zealand in June 2014 allowing the tender to be released in March 2015. The contract was awarded to Hyundai Heavy Industries in July that year for $493 million and the vessel will be built at the Ulsan Shipyard in South Korea.

The scope of work includes the design and integration of the Kelvin Hughes supplied navigation equipment and Shipyard supplied systems in a suite of bridge consoles manufactured in Korea.

Spike Hughes, Sales and Marketing Director at Kelvin Hughes stated:
“Kelvin Hughes has been designing integrated navigation bridge systems for over three decades and has a wealth of experience which enables us to meet the demanding requirements of specialist naval bridges for the RNZN and also The Royal Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide Class”.

SharpEye Naval Radar

The navigation radar sensors selected are to be SharpEye™ S and X-Band and one S-Band SharpEye™ sensor optimised for helicopter approach and control.

On the bridge of any ship, the navigation radars are essential for the safe navigation of the vessel and safety of life onboard. SharpEye™ provides an advanced radar sensor that through the Doppler processing, enhanced pulse compression and Moving Target Detection (MTD) processing, provides unprecedented situational awareness, detecting small targets on the sea surface and low aerial targets such as helicopters out to the horizon in severe weather conditions. The combination of these radar techniques enables the sea and rain clutter to be filtered out without losing the radar targets of interest. This is especially important when protecting the ship from threats such as swimmers, RHIBs and other low Radar Cross Section (RCS) threats.

SharpEye™ detection performance, removes the need for a helicopter transponder. The MSC will control flight deck operations, recovery and local airspace management through two helicopter control displays with tactical software. In total, there will be eleven displays on the bridge as part of the IMO compliant system.

Radar Display

KEY POINTS

The Kelvin Hughes Integrated Navigation Bridge System (INBS) utilises its latest bridge navigation display system and is based on the proven Kelvin Hughes multifunction tactical radar display.

The networked display system allows for operation as full multifunction workstations for improved ergonomic operation and redundancy. This means not only the radar, ECDIS and conning can be operated from any designated multifunction display, but also the WECDIS.

Part of the ships mission is to be capable of operating in polar conditions and the Kelvin Hughes SharpEye™ radars are compliant with the winterisation requirements for operation in an Antarctic environment and all other weather conditions.

The solid state SharpEye™ transceivers are located upmast in the carbon composite turning unit housing and bring additional benefits such as high reliability, no loss of signal and reduced cost of installation due to the removal of wave guide routing downmast. Reliability is further improved by the use of a direct drive motor system rather than the traditional antenna rotator gearbox.

SITA: Boston Logan International Airport - Rolling out the high-tech welcome mat

Nobody likes a long wait after a long flight

Automation is transforming the travel experience, and nowhere is this more evident than at international borders. Over the past decade, e-passports, biometric readers and secure document scanners have allowed travelers to self-process through border control at an increasing number of airports, seaports, and land borders across the globe.

In the US, the number of US Customs and Border Protection (CBP)-approved Automated Passport Control (APC) kiosks is expected to grow nearly four-fold from 2015 to 2018*. And for good reason. According to projections from the U.S. Department of Commerce, international travel to the United States will reach 88.3 million visitors by 2019. This is more than 18 million additional visitors compared to 2013 – an increase of 27 percent.

In response to this ever-growing volume of international travelers, longer immigration queues and limited space in its Federal Inspection Service areas, Boston’s Logan International Airport introduced APC kiosks in July 2014 to help speed travelers through the arrivals process while maintaining the highest standards of security. “As the number of international passengers continues to rise, it is important that we use technology to help keep Boston Logan International Airport an efficient, safe and secure gateway to the United States,’’ said Thomas P. Glynn, CEO, Massport. “We purchased and installed the kiosks to keep the wait times at Logan among the lowest in the country for major international airports.’’

SITA’s own Passenger IT Trends Survey found that U.S. air travelers rank time-consuming security procedures among the top two areas for improvement.  Since the initial deployment, BOS has moved to the next generation APC 4.0, which increases eligibility from  the 38 “visa waiver” countries outlined by Customs and Border Protection to virtually all international arrivals, including those traveling on a business or tourist visa, border crossing card, and airline crew members.

Not just kiosks, SITA iBorders®

SITA’s APC Kiosks enable the clearing of large numbers of passengers in record time – a crucial factor for Massport’s Boston Logan International Airport which has at times had to hold passengers on arriving aircraft until its immigration hall had cleared. Massport has been a SITA customer for more than 12 years as a satisfied user of airport solutions, including the AirportConnect Open platform which enables airports, airlines and ground handling agents to access their respective IT applications in real time on shared, common-use equipment. So it comes as no surprise that they once again turned to SITA for a turnkey solution to improve resource efficiency at the border.

Enter the APC Kiosk – SITA’s secure, self-service alternative to traditional resource-intensive manual border control solutions. For the US CBP, automating the border control process ensures high standards of security by combining biographic and biometric identity verification with checks against watch lists and risk assessment data while improving efficiency by moving some manual tasks away from immigration officers.

As a long-time SITA customer, Massport also knows it can rely on SITA’s support infrastructure, including extensive management and monitoring tools provided for border supervisors and SITA's extensive onsite and remote maintenance and support services. SITA experts proactively monitor infrastructure, identifying and resolving problems often before they impact services – ensuring Massport’s automated border is always available and operating at maximum capacity.

Travel is up, but wait times are down

Despite a 23-percent increase in traveler volume at Boston Logan, wait times have decreased by nearly 5 minutes or 19 percent.**  This is due in large part to the jump in automated border entry usage – nearly half of all international arrivals are now processed through APC (43%) and Global Entry (5%) – up from a mere 3% in 2014.

A unique end-to-end solution

APC Kiosks are part of the “Interaction” layer within SITA’s iBorders® border security portfolio.  This unique, end-to-end SITA solution optimizes traveler interactions at the border, identifies high-risk travelers, reduces document and identity fraud and lowers the cost of dealing with unwanted and inadmissible persons. It also improves the facilitation and speed of processing low-risk passengers, enabling skilled immigration officers to put their focus where it is most needed.   SITA’s iBorders® portfolio possesses four (4) foundation layers:

 

  • Information - comprehensive traveler information from airlines and other carriers, as well as integration with external data sources such as government databases
  • Intelligence - powerful risk assessment tools combined with travel document and identity verification transform traveler data into actionable intelligence
  • Interaction - pre-clearance for passengers in advance, secure risk-assessed self-service border clearance for travelers holding biometric travel documents
  • Insight - comprehensive metrics on border performance combined with predictive analytics to enable risk-based allocation of resources and management of border operations

 

SITA solutions

The APC Kiosk is a multimodal biometric system that utilizes three simple steps to speed up processing at the immigration checkpoint and alleviate capacity issues: capture and validation of passport data, capture and verification of biometric data and capture of any required immigration declaration data. It is designed to be intuitive, ergonomic and easy to use, even for individuals who travel infrequently. Its extensive security features are layered to ensure that only travelers whose identities and low-risk status have been reliably verified go through to the next step. It is low maintenance, has a small footprint and is easy to deploy and operate. Key features include:

 

  • Quick biometric verification. Automatic face finder with automatic height adjustment of illumination and camera module. System detects ideal height for face capture, ensuring compliance with ICAO recommendations. Allows field-of-view coverage of people in wheelchairs without use of tilt or wide-angle lens to avoid distortion.
  • Quality assured biometric data collection. Facial and fingerprint recognition engine to ensure correct authentication against credentials on passport chip or central databases, allowing for 1:1 (One to One) and/or 1:N (One to None) matching process.
  • Ergonomic usability to the traveler. Supports user through all stages of verification, providing instructions and feedback such as configurable text, pictures and animations.

 

Global - and growing

In addition to the 40 APC Kiosks at Boston Logan International, many other international airports in the USA – including JFK New York, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando, Philadelphia, San Diego and Tampa – and abroad have biometric immigration kiosks provided by SITA.

SITA’s iBorders® portfolio has been developed in partnership with our government customers over the past 20 years. With around 30 governments globally using SITA’s iBorders® systems and capabilities to keep their borders secure and transform their border security operations, iBorders® is the most widely deployed border security portfolio available anywhere in the world.

For further information, please contact us at [email protected] or visit www.sita.aero/sectors/airports.

 

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