Identity Management: Making Airports Efficient, Secure and Safer

Attributed to Matthew Lewis, Director of Product Marketing,
Identity and Access Management, HID Global

Airports today serve billions of passengers every year. From airline personnel to third-party contractors, they employ thousands of workers to ensure that everything runs smoothly and securely for the travelers. To maintain operational efficiency while managing the potential risk of threats, each employee must be accurately credentialed in line with federal and airport-specific regulations. Identity Management Solution (IDMS) enables airport security teams to securely and efficiently manage the identities, credentials, rights and privileges of the diverse airport workforce.

Why is an Identity Management Solution critical?

Airports are a prime target for physical threats aimed to cause maximum damage and disruption. Effective identity management helps to vet and audit physical user access within the airport while complying with federal and airport-specific regulations. Here is a look at some of the advantages of implementing IDMS:

  1. Ensuring security: Airports need to have a clear insight into who is doing what on their premises at all times. A robust IDMS helps airports to detect and remedy potential threats by providing a single destination to manage workflows and processes while ensuring compliance with regulations.
  2. Maintaining compliance: For airport authorities, security compliance is one of their key concerns. This means adherence to the auditing process and reports that attest to compliance. A strong IDMS not only helps to track all events and decisions but also generates error-free real-time reports.
  3. Increase workflow efficiency: Depending on the access requirements of each individual, airports have a number of different identity lifecycle workflows to use. A dedicated, modern IDMS helps airports eliminate redundant steps from their workflow through automation and integration while mitigating errors and improving customer experience.
  4. Gathering and processing data: IDMS uses real-time machine learning technology to create actionable security insights and reports and integrates with watchlists and background check systems to streamline and ensure complete vetting when onboarding individuals.
  5. Integrating physical infrastructures with digital technologies: IDMS helps save costs by integrating with existing physical/IT infrastructure and other various authoritative systems already in use at airports today.

Legacy or manual systems weigh down an airport’s security and compliance efforts. Implementing a comprehensive IDMS enables airports to comply with regulations and secure their physical environment by providing them with the right tools to properly manage the identities of all workers and their associated physical access. The timely implementation of the right IDMS solution like HID Safe allows airport authorities to create a secure, operationally efficient environment.


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