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Visual password tool used in Airport PA system

PINoptic : 10 December, 2008  (Application Story)
Gatwick Airport near London uses visual password authentication system from PINOptic for operation of its automated PA System
microWatt and PINoptic have announced the incorporation of the PINoptic password authentication solution into the microWatt Opalport system. This system forms part of the Information Desk and Automated PA systems at BAA's Gatwick Airport (North & South Terminals). Password authentication provided by the PINoptic solution will secure user and engineering access to systems that provide automated announcements such as fire alerts and building evacuation, in particular for Mobile Information Assistants.

Commenting on this collaboration, Simon Clegg, Managing Director of microWatt, said, "We see this collaboration as being of great importance to our customers who have come to expect ever more secure systems, especially air-side in the UK's busy international airports. By incorporating a PINoptic password authentication solution, we ensure state-of-the-art methods for such authentication, making us all safer in public open spaces".

With hundreds of passengers passing through each day and even more expected in the holiday period, the Automated PA systems are critical in securing the safety of passengers and employees across these key UK airport terminals. Without appropriate security measures in place in theory anyone could access the announcements and cause a false evacuation or fire alert creating chaos for travelers across the UK.

Colin Allison, CEO of PINoptic, said, "We quite often forget that powerful authentication is mandated for automated systems as well as the more usual banking transactions. By implementing a PINoptic authentication solution, microWatt affords its many clients a more secure access control to such systems".
This is just the first of a number of collaborative projects for microWatt and PINoptic. The second project is to incorporate a PINoptic access control solution to the microWatt EcoPod that provides detailed information on building energy use.
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