Jeddah, known as the gateway to the Islamic holy cities of Mecca and Medina, is the second largest and most populous city in Saudi Arabia with the most populated international airport.

In 2018, Jeddah witnessed a 20 per cent increase in the number of passengers vs 2017 with more than 41 million passengers using the King Abdul Aziz International Airport (KAIA). The airport handled 3,40,333 flights in the whole year. With the economic reforms in Saudi Arabia and visits by pilgrims to the holy places, these numbers are set to go up in the coming years.

Increased passenger numbers can be overwhelming at times. Chaos is the first impression you get at most big airports as you enter. Slow boarding procedure is a main factor contributing to congestion. Time taken for passenger verification, baggage check-in and boarding pass generation are some of the major reasons for delay in the boarding process. Fingerprint biometric solution is of great help to expedite and automate these procedures.

Need for advanced fingerprint scanners in airports

Fingerprint scanners are the most commonly used biometric devices. They are helpful in speeding boarding formalities through self-service kiosks. These kiosks with biometric ability can verify customer identity, generate boarding pass and print bag tags for baggage check-in. Also, security clearance implemented with biometric authentication helps authorities to prevent identity theft through the use of false documents or errors in identification.

However, not using advanced fingerprint scanners can add to the chaos. Not only can it cause inconvenience to passengers by hindering their access  but can add to further delays in boarding at the airport.

There have been cases where visas have been rejected because of unmatched fingerprint biometric data due to skin diseases such as hand eczema or sweaty palms (palmar hyperhidrosis).

Advanced finger print scanners are able to capture high-quality images of fingerprints, rolls, writer’s palm and ridges irrespective of any health conditions. They can also process a huge amount of data, which is critical in airports.

Suprema provides advanced finger print scanners that deliver high-quality images of the fingerprint consistently. The 5.2 inch platen of the RealScan-F live scanner, for instance is the largest size in its class and ensures easier capturing of the hand. The solid and scratch-free surfaces makes it durable for stains and damages. Perfect for large user flow, its simple user interface makes live-scanning easier. It guides users’ finger scanning sequence with the prism illumination and sound indication.

Suprema also provides the RealScan G10 live scanner which is a portable water/dust proof scanner compact for single and ten print capture.

ScreenCheck Saudi Arabia

In association with Zebra, Suprema, Impinj, Bravo, Tiso, Edikio and many more, ScreenCheck Saudi Arabia provides biometric fingerprint scanners, readers, RFID solutions, access control equipment, ID printers, CCTV cameras, etc. Horizon Informatic Trading is a branch of ScreenCheck Middle East.