Materna partners with BioID to offer convenient airport passenger service solutions

User-friendly face recognition automates identity check and enables faster, more secure passenger handling

Nuremberg and Dortmund, Germany, (PresseBox) - BioID GmbH, a provider of camera-based biometric recognition for online, mobile and in-person applications, and MATERNA GmbH, a leading provider of airport passenger handling solutions, today announced a cooperation to develop convenient automated airport passenger service solutions with face recognition such as self-service check-in and baggage drop-off, as well as boarding.

"Airports today are faced with growing security regulations and an increased demand to verify passenger identity, yet at the same time need to manage costs and streamline the in-airport experience for huge volumes of passengers," noted Lieselotte Neste, MATERNA Vice President, Communication Solutions. "BioID's face recognition enables convenient, fraud-proof identity verification from when a passenger arrives at the airport, checks in at the self-service kiosk and drops off his baggage, and at all airport touchpoints, enabling faster, more cost-effective automated passenger handling and ensuring that only the designated passenger is able to board the plane."

The concept can be extended for airline frequent travelers, including initially verifying the member's face against a photo ID (e.g. a passport) or providing a seamless passenger experience with the same automated identity checks at security, immigration, airport lounge, and other airport touchpoints.

FTo demonstrate the concept, the companies have developed a showcase for the Passenger Terminal Expo 2014.

BioID's face recognition, used for many years to secure enterprise, banking and government environments, quickly and accurately verifies people in a natural way: by the way they look.

"Anyone who flies knows that there's room for improvement when it comes to moving through the airport, and self-service options like those from MATERNA have the potential to accelerate and ease the process," said Ho Chang, CEO of BioID. "We are pleased to help MATERNA simplify the passenger handling process while making flying a safer experience for everyone."

To see the showcase in action, please visit MATERNA in stand 1426 at the Passenger Terminal Expo 2014, March 25-27 in Barcelona, Spain.


As a leading IT service provider Materna employs about 1,400 people throughout Europe and generated € 153 million in turnover in 2012 with two divisions. Materna Communications has considerable know-how when it comes to marketing services for media, e- and m-commerce solutions, voice and video applications, service-platforms and hosting. The portfolio includes integrated passenger services for airlines and airports along with its innovative MVNE solutions. The portfolio for the business area information includes process and technology consultancy, the associated implementation of IT solutions and is a service provider for maintenance and operation. Materna Communications also offers training courses. Core skills are the fields of service and infrastructure management, content management and application development.

BioID, Inc.

BioID is guided by the vision that camera-based recognition services will replace traditional user authentication to greatly enhance the convenience, user experience and security of both physical and logical access including internet and mobile applications and help protect users from identity theft and data theft. BioID's services recognize a person reliably by their face and/or voice. The company's technology has been proven through many years of use at enterprises, banks and government organizations, and can be integrated flexibly into existing IT and communication environments.

Privately held, BioID is headquartered in Switzerland with offices in Germany and the US. For more information, please see

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