Increased air cargo security by integration of advanced ID verification

Increased air cargo security by integration of advanced ID verification

Advanced ID verification technology refers to the use of sophisticated and reliable methods to verify the identity of an individual. This technology is typically used in situations where it is important to verify a person’s identity to prevent fraud or to comply with regulations.

Advanced ID verification technology includes a range of techniques such as biometric authentication, document verification, and database checks. Biometric authentication involves the use of unique physical characteristics such as fingerprints, facial recognition, or iris scans to verify the identity of an individual.

Document verification involves analyzing government-issued documents such as passports, driving licenses, or identity cards to ensure they are valid and not fraudulent. Database checks involve cross-referencing personal information against databases of known fraudsters or individuals with criminal records.



Advantages of advanced ID verification

The advantages of advanced ID verification technology include increased security, reduced fraud, improved compliance with regulations, and faster and more convenient verification processes. It can also help organizations to build trust with their customers and stakeholders by demonstrating a commitment to security and compliance.

Advanced ID verification technology can improve airport air cargo operations in several ways, including:

  1. Enhancing Security: Advanced ID verification technology can help prevent unauthorized access to air cargo by verifying the identity of individuals involved in cargo handling. Biometric authentication can ensure that only authorized personnel are allowed to access cargo areas, reducing the risk of theft or sabotage.
  2. Streamlining Cargo Handling Processes: Advanced ID verification technology can speed up cargo handling processes by automating the verification of cargo handlers’ identities. This can reduce delays and improve efficiency in cargo handling operations.
  3. Reducing Errors: Automated ID verification can eliminate human errors that can occur during manual verification processes, reducing the risk of cargo being misdirected or lost.
  4. Improving Compliance: Advanced ID verification technology can help airlines and cargo operators comply with regulatory requirements for cargo security. For example, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the US mandates that all air cargo must be screened for security purposes. Automated ID verification can help ensure compliance with these requirements.
  5. Enhancing Customer Confidence: The use of advanced ID verification technology can help build trust with customers by demonstrating a commitment to security and compliance. This can lead to increased customer satisfaction and repeat business.


American Airlines launches mobile ID verification with TSA PreCheck

In the mid of 2022 American Airlines launched a new partnership with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to test mobile identification. Customers with TSA PreCheck can now go through the airport with just their phone and their face.

Before travel, American Airlines customers with TSA PreCheck who choose to participate in this program need to download the Airside Digital Identity App on an iOS or Android device, then take a photo of their face, scan their driver’s license or passport with the app, and enter their American Airlines AAdvantage number. The app then verifies the customers’ information using mobile ID technology powered by Thales to compare against each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles records or the passport’s embedded NFC chip. The app also securely stores the customer’s American Airlines Mobile ID on their mobile device until they choose where and when to share it.

As they go through security, customers simply present a QR code on their phone and consent to share their American Airlines Mobile ID with TSA. After sharing their Mobile ID, customers look into a camera at the TSA PreCheck checkpoint. TSA’s computer system then matches the customer’s encrypted image against their American Airlines Mobile ID. According to American Airlines, the entire process at the airport typically takes less than five seconds.



European digital driver license ID

More initiatives are taken to authenticate ones ID for a variatey of services where identifcation needs to take place.

The European Digital Identity will be available to EU citizens, residents, and businesses who want to identify themselves or provide confirmation of certain personal information. It can be used for both online and offline public and private services across the EU.

Operated via digital wallets available on mobile phone apps and other devices to:

  • identify online and offline
  • store and exchange information provided by governments e.g. name, surname, date of birth, nationality
  • store and exchange the information provided by trusted private sources
  • use the information as confirmation of the right to reside, to work, or to study in a certain Member State


IATA’s digital travel credential initiative

The announced digital travel credential by IATA recently is one of the initiatives to enable digital passports and boarding passes to onboard passengers is a fast and secured manner. KLM amongst some other airlines have also announced a pilot starting from 09 November 2023 to pre validate the security checks at the airport.

The Dutch authories have confirmed their pilot participation for 3 months.


Increased air cargo security screening for drivers at airports

Compared with air cargo security procedures at airports the industry currently still suffers from a lack of uniformity and a standardized process. Local lanyard access control passes are being used to allow direct access which for international drivers creates a significant administrative burden as they have to identify themselves with different local lanyard ID cards at different airports.
The usage of advance ID verification based on government-issued documents such as passports, driving licenses, or identity cards ensure they are valid and not fraudulent and will also lead to uniformity in screening and security procedures.

The direction on how Advanced ID verification technology can help improve the security, efficiency, and compliance of airport air cargo operations and througout the whole supply chain is clear. Embedding advanced ID verification technology within the supply chain will make air cargo transportation more safer, secure and more reliable.

With the nowadays available technology, handling companies and other warehouse operators are able to easily integrate advanced ID verification technology within their access yard control. This will allow them to increase security standards for granting access to their front yard and to contribute to the integrateion of electronic security handshakes for every pickup and deliveries in the whole supply chain at very low costs.

Raoul Paul | CargoHub
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