Ita Airways, in Catania first boarding tests with facial recognition

From July after check-in it will be possible to use the "face boarding". Meanwhile, Indra launches a new system for automated air traffic control 27 Jun 2022 A. S.

Getting on board your flight simplifying boarding procedures as much as possible: after check-in, in fact, to take a seat on the plane that you have booked departing from Catania Fontanarossa airport, just pass in front of a camera, which will recognize passengers by the features of their face. It is the so-called "face boarding", which will be tested by Ita Airways in the Sicilian airport starting from the first of July, thanks to the collaboration started with the management company of the airport, Sac Spa. In particular, the tests will be carried out for the Catania-Milan coli: at boarding passengers will find the "Reco Welcome kiosk", a facial recognition machine that will associate the faces of those present with the identity documents presented at check-in and with the boarding passes connected. The technology being tested will prevent passengers from having to show their tickets and documents a second time, speeding up and making boarding procedures more pleasant thanks to the integration of computer vision and video analysis techniques for "face recognition". The project, reads a note from the company, "reflects one of the pillars of Ita Airways or digitalization, at the base of the development of new technologies at the service of the customers of the flag carrier". Still in the field of innovative technologies for air mobility, the collaboration between Eurocontrol Muac (Maastricht Upper Area Control Centre) and Indra is the advanced system that allows air traffic control systems to exchange information with the aircraft on-board computer in an automated way to manage air traffic with very high levels of efficiency, security and flexibility. Thanks to the Atn Automatic Dependent Surviellance Contract (ADS-C) system, it will be possible to establish "electronic contracts" with the aircraft and to receive information on key parameters, such as route and altitude. The exchange of data takes place directly with the aircraft concerned, agreeing on the specific information needed and the frequency with which to receive it, thus establishing a "silent" communication, which minimizes voice communications and speeds up traffic management, reducing the workload of the controller and pilot. The data is transmitted through the new aeronautical telecommunications network (ATN), a sophisticated global information "highway" that is transforming ground-to-ground and ground-to-air communications in the aviation world. By optimising the ascent and descent of the aircraft, the new system also helps to maintain optimal flight levels for longer, thus helping to minimise fuel consumption and pollutant emissions, and facilitates the introduction of trajectory flights where aircraft choose optimised routes, usually shorter and more direct, and allows for more flexible use of airspace.