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Suprema provides biometric access control system to Karachi Airport

Multi-modal IP access control to enhance its level of security and user convenience
Suprema provided over 120 units of BioStation and BioEntry Plus fingerprint systems at Jinnah Airport
Customer background

CAA is a public sector autonomous organisation that works under the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Government of Pakistan. CAA handles all kinds of civil aviation related activities including regulatory, air traffic services, infrastructure and commercial development of the airports. In response to recent international regulation and security requirements on transportation and aviation industry, Jinnah Airport, the busiest airport in Pakistan, planned to enhance its RF-card based access control with a more sophisticated and convenient biometric system.

Jinnah airport is the nation's largest airport with annual capacity of 12 million passengers and 50 thousand flights. With its fast- growing traffic, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (hereafter ‘CAA') required a more efficient & scalable solution that could meet the airport's growing operation while develop the highest level of security and safety for the staffs and travelers.

As CAA also involves commercial development and management of the airport, improving airport employees' management was another issue at these airports. As airport service is typical labor- intense industry, CAA required highly efficient & invulnerable biometric time attendance management system.

The challenges

High level of security and safety were the highest priorities at Jinnah Airport. The access control system at Jinnah handles considerable size of facilities including 60 check-in counters, 12 gates, 12 air-bridges, two terminals with restricted back office areas.

The access control & time attendance system should be well integrated to the airport's existing surveillance and alarm systems and also to be inter-connected to enable real-time monitoring and staff management.

As for the access control, the system should feature fingerprint identification for high-level security area and also support RF card feature for contractors and special occasions. And it needed be flexible and open solution to keep pace with the airport's growing needs.

High level of security and safety were the highest priorities at Jinnah Airport
Jinnah Airport's access control system implemented Suprema fingerprint systems

SUPREMA solution

For Jinnah Airport's biometic access control system, Suprema provided over 120 units of BioStation and BioEntry Plus fingerprint systems for the implementation.

Suprema's BioStation™ fingerprint time attendance terminal can verify, record and transfer the sign-in/out records simultaneously over IP connection. The device also features user-friendly GUI, hence operation managers and employees can easily adopt the device as their timesheet with simple instruction only. Then the work hour records from the BioStation™ can be directly transferred over IP connection to the payroll system at back office.

BioEntry Plus is a simpler biometrics access controller featuring multiple RF card option and IP connectivity. The device can directly control door and 3rd party devices to give customers significant benefits in cost and flexibility in system design.

Jinnah Airport's benefits were not only limited to enhanced level of security and safety. The solution also improved its operational efficiency in staffing by reducing its labor cost and internal processes.

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