Narita International Airport gets onboard with NEC and Red Hat

Biometrics with a cloud-native architecture.

Japan’s Narita International Airport Red Hat OpenShift as the foundation for the airport’s new “check-in to boarding experience” known as “One ID” in Japan.

Global IT and networking solutions provider NEC implemented the solutions to provide a solution tailored to the growing need for in the Japanese airline industry.

The system requires a facial photo of a passenger to be registered when they initially check-in at an airport service desk or self-service KIOSK at Narita Airport.

From there, the passenger is able to move more rapidly through the airport, including screening, baggage storage and the boarding gate without having to show a boarding pass or passport.

Biometric scanners at each phase of the travel process can confirm the individual’s identity, helping to improve traffic flow through the airport and the overall travel experience.

Analysing the types of data collected by solutions such as One ID requires extensive computing power backed by a flexible, scalable infrastructure that can support usage spikes at peak travel times.

Red Hat OpenShift’s Kubernetes platform provides NEC with cloud-native architecture as well as operational agility, future-ready developer services and integration with extended hardware and software systems.

One ID is expected to go live at Narita International Airport first and second passenger terminals soon.

Toshifumi Yoshizaki, senior vice president said NEC Corporation by combining NEC’s biometric scanning technology with Red Hat’s OpenShift, has built an agile and highly scalable platform for the future utilising open, robust, and flexible container services.

“As a result, travellers will be able to proceed quickly at the airport,” he said. “In the future, we will promote the deployment of this solution at airports in Japan, internationally and throughout a wide variety of industries.”









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