Traveler Airport Business Editors/Technology Writers BLUE BELL, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2007--Unisys Corporation (NYSE:UIS) announced today that its Registered Traveler program, rtGO(SM), is open at Reno-Tahoe International Airport. Registration began in May and members have begun receiving their rtGO(SM) cards, which they will use at specially designated security lanes to verify their identity and pass through airport security quicker and more efficiently.
Registered Traveler, which began as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) pilot program in the summer of 2004, permits frequent fliers to obtain a biometric credential - a unique identifier, such as a fingerprint or iris scan - that enables them to navigate airport security checkpoints more efficiently without compromising the security standards TSA has implemented. Unisys, which has nearly 20 years' experience integrating biometric technologies that verify an individual's identity, ran three of TSA's five pilot programs. For more information, visit www.rtgocard.com.
rtGO(SM) and interoperability
In accordance with parameters that industry and government established, Unisys rtGO card is interoperable, meaning that any rtGO member can use his or her card at any airport with a Registered Traveler program, regardless of whether Unisys or another vendor operates the program.
"We are delighted to welcome Reno-Tahoe travelers to the rtGO program," said Bryan Ichikawa, Registered Traveler program director, Unisys. "We want rtGO members to know that we are continually evaluating additional benefits to add to the program - including technologies that can further speed the security process and reciprocal relationships with travel-related vendors who might provide incentives to members."
Sign up for secure rtGO(SM) card
The rtGO registration office at the Reno airport is located near carousel four at the baggage claim. Registrants provide some basic identifying information and also have their finger prints and iris scanned. TSA then conducts a background check and, once customers are approved, they will receive their official rtGO card. The card contains only a template of the biometric information; therefore, it cannot be compromised or used to verify the identity of anyone other than the rtGO member. Verification at the security lane kiosk takes just a few seconds.
"Unisys and the rtGO(SM) program have been outstanding partners for the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority," Krys Bart, A.A.E., executive director and chief executive officer of the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority, said.
"They have provided our airport and community with a highly professional staff that demonstrates a strong understanding of the unique customer service that is required in today's airport environment."
Research supports biometrics, RT program
Recent Unisys research found that almost two thirds (62 percent) of respondents in a U.S. survey of more than 1,700 consumers said a program like RT would increase their trust in airport security. The Ponemon Institute conducted the research as part of the Unisys Trusted Enterprise study, a broader multi-year, global initiative that examines trust, security and related issues(1).
The research also revealed that biometrics are among the top technologies that consumers believe will have the greatest impact on strengthening airport security. More than half (51 percent) feel that technology plays a significant role in ensuring homeland security, and point to biometrics as one of the best ways to improve protection, after physical security.