IPS Bio.Pass for airports and airlines –
fully integrated passenger identification.

Biometrics for airports and airlines

Passenger identification at different touchpoints

The use of biometric authentication technology at airports is becoming more and more popular. Airports and airlines are constantly looking for ways to make the journey more convenient for passengers while maintaining their strict security standards. Advances in biometric make this possible. Materna is a system integrator which assimilates different types of biometrics solutions and software at the passenger touchpoints. Together with established hardware partners, we integrate authentication solutions such as facial recognition according to our customers’ requirements. We provide airports and airlines with an easy-to-use fully integrated solution for passenger identification.


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Biometric solutions

A common goal of airlines and airports is to provide their passengers with a pleasant experience and smoothly running services before their departure. Today, however, the increasing number of passengers, stricter security requirements and the effort to minimize the risk of infections, create major challenges.

Materna IPS takes these challenges as an opportunity to further establish IPS Bio.Pass as the biometric solution on the market and follows IATA’s vision of creating a passenger experience that meets all requirements.

Get an overview about the different use cases.

Your benefits

Face recognition

Available for specific touchpoints

Different hardware options

Advances in biometric passenger identification

Michael Overkaemping, Senior Product Manager at Materna IPS, answered questions on biometric passenger identification at airports. With his vast expertise, Michael is a sought-after industry expert and is continually working to advance biometric application capabilities.

Materna’s leading solution “Biometrics on the move”

Automatically activated identification

Materna’s authentication technology provides secure biometric enrolment where trusted documents like passports are used to verify and authenticate passengers comparing them to captured images. Once this secure enrolment has taken place, passengers may pass other touchpoints contactless without having to present their documents again to prove their identity.

With the Materna solution “Biometrics on the move”, passenger face recognition is activated automatically as soon as the passenger enters a defined area. The passenger only has to walk through security access control, the lounge or self-boarding gate. The passenger does not have to actively interact with the biometric identification system. There is no need for the passenger to stop and wait while biometric data is captured for it to work.

This end-to-end-solution helps to minimize passenger queues at key touchpoints. It fills the gap between increasing security requirements for passenger identity verification and smooth passenger processing throughout the passenger journey – from kerbside to boarding. The easy and secure biometric authentication through facial recognition ensures high customer satisfaction.

The Materna IPS common biometric solution is based on biometric technology from MODI (e.g. MODI FaceBar or MODI FaceScreen), Materna CUSS biometric enrolment and identification applications, and passenger touchpoint applications for check-in, bag drop, secured access and self-boarding.

1:1 Identity verification and working with TSA

Materna IPS offers different types of biometric authentication depending on each airport’s or airline’s needs and requirements. Our technologies can identify passengers using 1:N matching or via 1:1 identity verification.

The first option refers to when a passenger has already enrolled at a touchpoint of their choice using their ID document and boarding pass. Any other service or security touchpoint at the airport can then just take the passenger’s picture with an activated face recognition camera and compare the result with the information in the biometric backend provided by CBP/TVS, Materna IPS or by any other biometric service provider.

Materna IPS offers solutions for a combined Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Traveler Verification Service (TVS) and boarding process as well as a TVS-only checkpoint. Depending on the airport’s requirements, this process can also be split up which can help to reduce waiting times in some situations.

During 1:1 matching, the camera integrated in a passenger touchpoint scans the passenger’s face as well as the passport and boarding pass data. The information is then sent to the biometric backend to immediately verify the passenger’s identity.

Materna IPS has already implemented this solution with Spirit Airlines at several self-service bag drops at various airports in the US. As part of this, Spirit Airlines has received approval from the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) for its One ID travel. This means that the ID check, which previously had to be performed manually by Spirit staff, can now be completed using a 1:1 biometric check. For this process, travellers can use not only their passport, but also their driver’s licence.


Common Use Self Service

From concept to go-live

VR Testing

With the possibility to test products in advance using VR, and to create concepts for integrating them in airports, we are pleased to offer airports and airlines a special user experience and effective prototyping.

Production & Assembly

Materna IPS is your provider for intelligent passenger solutions. We deliver software and hardware all from one source. We work with established and reliable partners around the world. Behind the scenes:


Intelligent Passenger Solutions help to make passenger handling more efficient and to increase the capacity utilization of resources for airports and airlines. Renowned international customers have already put their trust in our expertise.

Your contact

Michael Overkämping

Product Management
Materna IPS GmbH

Email: michael.overkaemping@materna.group