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Touchless technology at airports to mitigate the spread of the virus

The adoption of touchless technology in airports is accelerating the recovery period of the pandemic. This is due to its infection control benefits in mitigating the spread of the virus.

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Reduction of touchpoints

According to the World Health Organisation, hand transmission is the main pathway to germ contagion. In comparison to the manual operation which requires hand to hand and hand to surface contact; touchless technology negates the touchpoint entirely. Minimising the opportunity for germ transmission.

“It is all about reducing contact between passengers and airport personnel and eliminating the physical act of touching surfaces where the virus could be viable.”

airport access control reader

Using automated gates with inbuilt readers allows contactless authentication and automated processing of passengers. High contact touchpoints are eliminated and passengers are protected from the transmission of viruses or harmful pathogens commonly found on touched surfaces in high traffic areas. Touchless technologies assist in the recovery from Covid-19. These innovative implementations and the limitation of contact points will still be valuable and vital for future wellbeing to safeguard human health and sanitisation in public areas once Covid-19 is in decline.


Touchless technology means that people are not required to have physical contact with hardware and systems can work without any manual input. As a result; there is no reason for hands to continually touch surfaces. The clean and sanitised area remains sanitised, free from natural oils found on the fingertips, and free from the transference of any substance that may have been picked up at any point on the passenger journey. Sanitisation has been of utmost importance in the fight against Covid-19; by all accounts, and for the greater good, it is here to stay.


biometric airport

Often branded as the future of air travel, biometric technology is playing a crucial role in enabling touch-free operations.

One ID ready

gunnebo airport gates

The use of biometric authorisation can be easily implemented within Gunnebo airport access control. The One ID concept involves using the face as a way to authorise one’s passage through each stage of airport security gates. Customers can move around the airport – from entering the terminal, through to boarding by simply using their face as their identification without the need to continuously present boarding passes and other identification documents and exchange them with the airport staff. The user looks at a screen with a built-in camera and upon positive authorisation, the gate automatically opens. The whole accreditation process takes only a few seconds and is entirely touchless.

airport access control


Social distancing and other benefits

Automation and touchless technology increase the efficiency of passenger flows to allow seamless, fluid and user-intuitive passage, reduce queues and congestion and ensure airport staff are directed to where they are needed most. Sanitisation and social distancing are also key benefits of having contactless processes installed at key passenger touchpoints.

Automatic sensors, computer learning, and individual algorithms are all used in conjunction to perform the seamless process of a user moving through the access point without ever needing to touch a surface. These algorithms can also ensure that social distancing is adhered to and that a user occupies the lane alone, without fear of congestion around the access point.

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