Biometrics pilot underway at Madrid Airport

The project aims to increase security measures whilst streamlining airport operations

Spain’s national airport authority, Aena is currently carrying out an innovation project at Adolfo Suarez Madrid-Barajas Airport which aims to find new ways to operate the air travel industry whilst working under COVID-19 measures.

Spanish flag carrier Iberia, airline system integrator Inetum and security and transportation firm, Thales are working alongside Aena to achieve the new development.

Madrid-Barajas Airport
Photo Diego Delso

The outlined plans use biometrics to identify travellers using their mobile phones. By doing so, the need for human contact is significantly reduced and the safety of the airport is enhanced.

Detection capabilities have also been improved, meaning that passengers can be identified even whilst wearing a face covering.

Spanish technology agency, Centre of Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) is supporting the new initiative by providing research and a cooperation programme. This helps improve the digital nature of Spanish enterprises by developing new ideas.

The new programme will be incorporated in the facial recognition pilot that is active at Madrid Airport, putting the new features into practice. Using a single process, the new application will be integrated at the hub alongside updated security and boarding controls.