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PDF Barcode Based Access To Airport Boarding Areas

Datalogic Scanning : 09 August, 2010  (Application Story)
Bologna airport takes bar code readers from Datalogic Scanning for enabling the scanning and reading of PDF printed bar code labels providing passengers with the ability to print boarding passes at home or receiving them by SMS
PDF Barcode Based Access To Airport Boarding Areas
The Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport has chosen Datalogic Scanning to automate the boarding pass control process of passengers with access to the security check zone of the airport.

Applying bar code scanning to this security application ensures access control at the airport is much quicker and safer. The operator in charge of verifying the access of passengers to the boarding area reads the PDF bar code on the boarding pass with the Datalogic Scanning’s PowerScan PM8500 handheld bar code reader. The boarding pass can be issued at the check-in desk, printed at home via the Internet or received on the passenger’s mobile phone via SMS or MMS messaging.

The code is then transmitted to the host system, which sends back a message appearing to the reader’s display and an instruction that turns on an LED after the appropriate checks. According to the different colours of the LED (green, yellow or red) the security operator is either authorized to let passengers enter the check-in area for final verification before boarding, or to refuse access due to a cancelled flight or other issues. In the case of access rejection, the reason is explained in the message found on the display of the bar code reader.

“This innovative solution is aligned with the modern standards for security in the airports,” declares Luca Voltolini, Security Director of the Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport. “Bar code scanning enables airports to carry out a more rigorous access control, speeds up boarding activities and saves money. There are also consequent advantages for the operators who have a more simplified job, and for the passengers who have a more positive travel experience as a result of reduced lines.” This month alone, the airport is now prepared to manage the growth of passenger traffic during the peak summer months, with over 8,500 passengers per day leaving from the Bologna Airport, all passing through the security gates.

“Once again, Datalogic Scanning demonstrates its ability to provide products and services to the highest international standards for quality and safety,” says Giulio Berzuini, Vice President Sales & Marketing EMEA of Datalogic Scanning. “It confirms the constant commitment of our company to always guarantee innovative and value added solutions to our customers.”
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