HID and ASSA ABLOY Elevate the Airport Experience with AI-Driven Facial Recognition and Self-Service Gate Control

AUSTIN, Texas, April 3, 2024 – HID®, a worldwide leader in trusted identity solutions, and ASSA ABLOY, a global leader in access solutions, today announced a technology collaboration that takes the travel journey to new heights – pairing self-boarding gates with advanced facial recognition technology to modernize the passenger experience.

This new solution debuts at the Passenger Terminal EXPO 2024, April 16-18, Booth A22. 

WHAT:  The new self-boarding gate is comprised of HID’s U.ARE.U™ Camera Identification System – featuring advanced facial recognition technology – and the ASSA ABLOY Speed Gate to enable secure and seamless passenger ID verification for boarding. With one look, travelers move effortlessly through the biometrics-enabled self-boarding gate that helps shorten wait times and reduce airline staff workload. 

WHY: Facial recognition is quickly becoming a preferred method for authenticating people in high-traffic, security-intense environments. It is quick, frictionless and accurate. Elite systems, like the HID U.ARE.U Camera Identification System, offer fast, accurate matching and reliable passive liveness detection to prevent spoofing — a critical requirement in busy areas such as airports with multiple ID checkpoints and limited attendants.

Boasting an ultra-modular design, the ASSA ABLOY speed gate is simple to install, and comes in a range of colors and sizes to complement almost any entrance. The speed gates also have a variety of security measures such as anti-tailgating, piggybacking and wrong way passage, and can handle high traffic volume in public areas with limited attendance. 

Together, these innovative offerings alleviate many hassles and frustrations associated with air travel: long lines, human errors, poor matching rates … and replace them with reliable, swift identity verification for boarding. 

HOW: The self-boarding gate system, created through the collaboration of HID and ASSA ABLOY, helps lift efficiencies and security while transforming the air travel experience with passenger-driven encounters. With the self-boarding gate system, a quick look is all it takes for authorized passengers to board the plane.               

In addition to the self-boarding feature, facial recognition transforms the overall airport experience by empowering a more secure, more convenient travel journey. 

This journey starts with secure mobile check-in when an individual authenticates their ID document, such as a passport, and then matches a selfie to the ID photo to create their mobile travel credentials. The passenger then uses their face as a single token to pass through the various airport ID checkpoints – from bag drop and security screening to duty-free shopping, VIP lounge access, boarding and more. 

At each ID checkpoint, HID’s AI-powered facial recognition camera matches the passenger’s face with the travel credential created at check-in for identity verification. The process can be accomplished within seconds. The camera – lauded for its matching excellence even in challenging lighting conditions – excels within airport settings where backgrounds are busy and indisputable ID verification is required. 

The HID U.ARE.U Camera Identification System is recognized for its many notable values, including: 

  • Advanced ‘in-the-wild’ recognition: High performance and accuracy regardless of challenging lighting and backgrounds, which are common obstacles for real-world matching. 
  • Robust presentation attack detection (PAD): Reliable passive liveness detection to prevent spoof attempts in unattended use cases. 
  • Matching at the edge: On-device biometric processing to reduce bandwidth constraints, improve performance, and enhance security and privacy. 
  • Top NIST ranking for matching performance and accuracy
  • Ethically trained and built with AI to reduce matching bias

WHEN: The self-boarding gate system — along with additional HID identity authentication and verification technologies — will be displayed at the Passenger Terminal Expo (PTE), April 16-18 at Booth A22. Take a glimpse into the reimagined travel journey powered by HID and ASSA ABLOY. Or learn more about HID’s facial recognition technology:  

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About HID

HID powers the trusted identities of the world’s people, places and things. We make it possible for people to transact safely, work productively and travel freely. Our trusted identity solutions give people convenient access to physical and digital places and connect things that can be identified, verified and tracked digitally. Millions of people around the world use HID products and services to navigate their everyday lives, and billions of things are connected through HID technology. We work with governments, educational institutions, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial businesses and some of the most innovative companies on the planet. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, HID has over 4,500 employees worldwide and operates international offices that support more than 100 countries. HID is an ASSA ABLOY Group brand. For more information, visit www.hidglobal.com.  


The ASSA ABLOY Group is the global leader in access solutions. Its global team of technical and industry experts offers professional services, including project planning, deployment, installation, and service. From planning and deployment to installation and service, ASSA ABLOY is dedicated to ensuring maximum availability and optimizing the value of your technology investment. The Group operates worldwide with 52,000 employees and sales of SEK 121 billion. The Group has leading positions in areas such as efficient door openings, trusted identities and entrance automation. ASSA ABLOY's innovations enable safe, secure and convenient access to physical and digital places. Every day, we help billions of people experience a more open world. For more information, visit www.assaabloy.com.

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