SITA presents proof-of-concept for the implementation of NFC in airports and airlines

The technology research branch of SITA (Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques), SITA Lab, in collaboration with its partner for communications services Orange Business Services, has taken the air transport industry another step toward the adoption of Near Field Communication (NFC) through the unveiling of a proof-of-concept highlighting the benefits the technology could bring to airports and airlines. Airport equipment providers DESKO and Kaba have also collaborated in the project by supplying scanners, readers and security access gates.  The project is approved by the GSMA (Groupe Spéciale Mobile Association) and has the backing of 45 mobile operators, representing over 60% of the mobile phone market. The main uses the project has demonstrated for the effective use of NFC technology include passenger check-in, baggage check-in, security check points, lounge access and boarding.

Other than efficiency and convenience, one of the principal benefits behind NFC technology is that it is so secure. Jim Peters, Chief Technology Officer at SITA and head of SITA Lab commented following the project that “Mobile NFC is still a maturing technology with multiple implementation models. We chose to implement a solution that takes full advantage of the secure element in the SIM card and over-the-air deployment from a Trusted Service Manager (TSM) to the device.”

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