September 24, 2008

TCS and I-Sec Partner to Enable Star Alliance Launch Document Checking Suite

Tata Consultancy Services and I-Sec Technologies, which is engaged in aviation security, have signed a partnership to enable Star Alliance, a global airline alliance, with the launch of its premier alliance product for automatic document checking.

According to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the automatic document checking solution simplifies the task of verifying travel documentation requirements for airline passengers.

The development of this automatic document checking software is a Star Alliance joint initiative involving experts from 11 of its member carriers. TCS designed the overall solution and managed the program for Star Alliance, while ISEC Technologies maintains the systems' rule engine database and assisted in designing the concept.

Automatic document checking has already been implemented at one of Star Alliance member carriers. Additional Star Alliance member carriers are presently working on future implementation schedules. This solution is expected to reduce the time for passenger check-in and help airlines avoid immigration fines, said TCS.

TCS claims that the automatic document checking solution shortens airport check-in time, especially for international travelers. The automatic document checking software evaluates the passengers' travel documents and provides clear yes, no or conditional decisions on whether the passengers' travel documents will allow them to continue to their intended destination. The system also provides travel warnings and restrictions associated with the rules of the country they are traveling to. The system helps expand the scope of off-airport check-in initiatives, as it can be extended to airlines' check in systems on the Internet and at self-service kiosks.

S Sukanya, global head for travel, transportation and hospitality industry solution unit at TCS, said: "We are proud to partner with Star Alliance in this initiative. In 2005, we helped Star become the first global alliance to allow inter-airline upgrades across its carriers."