EXPO NEWS: Rockwell Collins unveils latest airport solutions at Passenger Terminal Expo 2015

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Rockwell Collins has unveiled two new solutions for use by airlines and airports at Passenger Terminal Expo in Paris, France.

The ARINC vMUSE mobile device allows ground handlers to check in passengers from anywhere in the airport, using the airlines own check-in application. The tablet-based device is fully compliant with common-use passenger processing (CUPPS) systems, allowing it to be used by any airline at the airport. The system can be used as a backup to desk-based CUPPS systems or as an extra tool to help expedite the passenger boarding process. The tablet PC and peripheral devices are housed together in a protective casing meaning that passports can be scanned and boarding passes printed in a single process. The mobile device can also be linked to other CUPPS systems such as baggage label printers.

Christopher Forrest, vice president, global airports for Rockwell Collins, said, “Weather, maintenance and other factors that can cause flight delays or cancellations wreak havoc with an airport’s schedule and are a major source of frustration for passengers. When irregular operations occur, ARINC vMUSE mobile allows agents to go anywhere in the terminal to process passengers quickly and cost effectively.”

Rockwell has also unveiled its common-use identity management solution developed in partnership with Atkins. The facial recognition system captures a traveler’s identity using biometric scanning and matches it with their passport and boarding pass information. Atkin’s identity management toolkit can be fully incorporated into the ARINC vMUSE system on a plug-and-play basis, allowing finger print recognition or iris scanning technology to be added at a later date. Standardized plug-ins and configurable work flow capabilities enable the identity management solutions to be implemented as part of the check-in process, without requiring changes to an airline’s Departure Control Systems (DCS).

Nick Whitehead, head of strategic services, identity assurance at Atkins, said, “Combining Rockwell Collins’ experience deploying CUPPS technology at airports worldwide with our proven capabilities in developing and implementing biometric applications has allowed us to create a fully integrated identity management solution for airports. Airports can use this service to validate a passenger’s identity, ensuring that the individual given the authority to fly is actually the one who boards the plane.”

To learn more about Rockwell’s ARINC vMUSE mobile device and identity management solution visit stand 4045 at Passenger Terminal Expo.

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