Raj Jain, head of sales for airports and airlines at Access IS, talks to PTW about consolidating technologies into one smart package, and how this can benefit airports and passengers
Tell me about Access IS. What do you specialize in?
Access is a global provider of sophisticated and reliable data capture peripherals for airports and airlines. It’s been established in the industry for over 20 years and has a presence in over 150 airports today. Our products are reliable, compact and feature-rich, and adaptable to meet the increasing growth in automation.
Access IS specializes in document imaging, barcode and RFID/NFC reading and contactless EMV payments. Uniquely, we combine these technologies into single devices, which enhances the user experience by offering a single point of presentation. From scanning a passport at check-in to reading a boarding pass on a smartwatch at the departure gate, our devices are designed to be simple and easy to use by passengers, and cost-effective to install and operate for customers. Airports and airlines form the backbone of the company, although the same technologies pioneered and proved in this sector are now hugely successful in other transport applications such as rail, metro and bus. Moving away from the transport market, you’ll find our document imagers and barcode/RFID readers in casinos, retailers, border patrol and security services, and even in some of the biggest theme parks in the world.
Tell me about one of your recent projects.
We collaborated with local and international integrators to provide a variety of data capture solutions for the new Beijing Daxing Airport. These included solutions from check-in to the boarding gates, including OEM devices integrated as part of a smart self-bag-drop and boarding gate solution.
What will you be showing at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2020?
We will be showing data capture solutions with wireless IoT connectivity for secure on-site or cloud applications. These feature an integrated peripheral concentrator that can eliminate the need for desktop computers.
The benefits are clear: fewer computers, less infrastructure, better monitoring, lower carbon footprint. Through this innovative technology, along with commonly available tablets, we will demonstrate one device that can support check-in, security checkpoint, service desk, wayfinder or boarding functions.
What technologies is Access IS working on for the future?
Access IS continues to develop products that integrate multiple technologies into small-form-factor devices that are designed to improve the passenger experience while simplifying operator ownership.