wayfinding technologies will present tenant-based
services. At the gate, the image will be used to confirm
the traveler’s reservation. This ability to uniquely identify
each traveler and his or her movement will greatly
enhance an airport’s ability to manage capacity, improve
wayfinding, and reduce bottlenecks and queuing times.
OPERATIONS AND BIOMETRICS
The use of biometrics has a significant impact on
data collection, storage and network requirements for
operators. It necessitates major changes in the size
and complexity of systems used to store and transmit
biometric files and databases. This is because of the
variance in biometric file sizes, depending on type,
resolution and image compression formats.
Biometric technology employs algorithms to match a
single biometric element with a database. This requires
that each airport have access to large and often
proprietary databases to distinguish one traveler from
the next. Such access places increased demand on
network speeds, availability and transmission capabilities.
Growing storage needs will require each element of
airport operations to expand its network capacity. In this
situation, specialized personnel are needed to monitor
The use of biometric technologies is a trend that is
expected to continue, driving better, more efficient
technologies, some of which are already in use in our
everyday lives, as many people use their fingerprint
to access a smartphone. Perhaps using that same
fingerprint to go on a long-awaited vacation is closer
than they think.
Michael Pilgrim: linkedin.com/in/mike-pilgrim-burnsmcdonnell
Shawn Whalen: linkedin.com/in/shawnmwhalen