Zwipe collaborates with Civix to provide airports with next-generation biometric access cards

Zwipe partners with Civix to expand its Aviation Secure Credentials (ASC) suite of solutions with a biometric smart card for access control.

The ASC Access Cards use built-in fingerprint sensors to check the legitimacy of cardholders at points of entry. The cards are fully compatible with traditional NFC card readers, so airports can use them to implement two-factor authentication without upgrading the existing hardware. The solution is also contactless, a priority for high-traffic facilities, like airports, in light of COVID-19.

“We’re excited to continue expanding on our end-to-end suite of security solutions for airport secure credentials with the addition of ASC Access cards,” said Tim Walsh, President of Civix Airports, a trusted partner to the FAA, state aeronautics departments, and over 100 airports worldwide. “The icing on the cake is that ASC Access cards work with existing hardware, meaning airports save costs and avoid holdups associated with complicated implementation and supply chain delays.”

ASC Access cards work by giving each user a card containing their unique fingerprint data in a secure chip. When placed near a reader, the card compares the fingerprint of the person holding the card with the fingerprint data stored on the card. If they are a match, the card generates an access code and directs the control infrastructure to grant access.

“Basically, the person assigned to the card must be holding it in order to get access. It’s a simple way for airports to improve security,” Walsh explained. The authentication process is self-contained within the card, so biometric data is not transmitted and separate biometric reader hardware is not required.

“This is a heightened level of security that is incredibly fast, easy, and affordable to implement,” said Robert Puskaric, President & CEO of Zwipe. “Civix is a highly reputed system integrator and solution provider to the airport industry, and we are proud to include our biometric smart card technology to its suite of solutions improving airport security.”

Civix ASC Access cards can be used with any access control system or as part of Civix’s suite of ASC solutions, which includes IDMS software, a self-service badging kiosk, and Aviation Channeling Data Management System formerly known as Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services to facilitate the fast, seamless communication of biographic and biometric data securely from aviation badging entities to the federal government.

“We know airports and the challenges they face, that’s why we’re especially proud to offer affordable solutions that eliminate friction throughout entire credentialing process, from self-service badging to automated background checks to access control,” said Walsh.

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