HCL Technologies Launches AeroPASS Airport Security Solution

September 29, 2010

SUNNYVALE, California, September 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — HCL
Technologies, a leading global IT services provider today announced the
launch of AeroPASS(TM), the future-proofed, flexible and secure biometric
solution for expediting passage of pilots and flight attendants through
security checkpoints and into sterile airport areas. AeroPASS(TM) is
currently available for deployment in US airports.

The unique AeroPASS solution was developed by the global airline IT
services company, HCL Technologies, biometrics specialist Daon Trusted
Identity Services, and airline communications experts AvFinity LLC.

AeroPASS(TM) complies with rapid-access biometric systems regulations as
defined by the Transportation Security Agency (TSA). Unlike basic
fingerprint-checking solutions which often store sensitive information
AeroPASS combines biometrics and PKI (Public Key Infrastructure).

A Personal Identification Verification (PIV) card issued to each AeroPASS
enrollee is embedded with that individual’s photograph, fingerprint
biometrics and PKI using digital certificate management, which is checked
against a Certificate Revocation List (CRL). The CRL rejects crew members
whose status has changed due to resignation, retirement, disciplinary
actions, etc. In this way, AeroPASS provides a reliable and secure method of
verifying in real time the identity and employment status of airline crews.

“AeroPASS will cost an airline’s crew member less than that of a
newspaper each day and will improve quality of life and time spent in
security lines,” says Amit Gupta, Vice President and Global Head,
Transportation Vertical at HCL Technologies. “One of the most appealing
aspects of AeroPASS, however, is that PIV cards are interoperable with other
airports regardless of that location’s biometrics provider. That’s not the
case with older biometric fingerprint solutions currently being promoted that
are not based on PIV.”

The AeroPASS solution embraces the standards of the Biometric Airport
Security Identification Consortium, or BASIC. The goal of the BASIC
consortium is to bolster airport security through a framework that provides
the nation’s airports with a biometric-enabled access control system for its
tenants, including airline personnel. Consistent with BASIC, the AeroPASS
solution enables airline crew to assert their identity within the nation’s
airports, based on U.S. government’s FIPS 201 credentials for federal
employees and contractors.

AeroPASS provides flexible pricing plans that meet the needs of all
airlines and their crews, regardless of size. Personal and transaction data
are protected through the ultra secure Daon biometrics technology and the
AvFinity Integrated Router Solution (AIRS) software technology.

About HCL Technologies

HCL Technologies is a leading global IT services company, working with
clients in the areas that impact and redefine the core of their businesses.
Since its inception into the global landscape after its IPO in 1999, HCL
focuses on ‘transformational outsourcing’, underlined by innovation and value
creation, and offers integrated portfolio of services including software-led
IT solutions, remote infrastructure management, engineering and R&D services
and BPO. HCL leverages its extensive global offshore infrastructure and
network of offices in 26 countries to provide holistic, multi-service
delivery in key industry verticals including Financial Services,
Manufacturing, Consumer Services, Public Services and Healthcare. HCL takes
pride in its philosophy of ‘Employee First’ which empowers our 64,557
transformers to create a real value for the customers. HCL Technologies,
along with its subsidiaries, had consolidated revenues of US$ 2.7 billion
(Rs. 12,565 crores), for the year ended as on 30th June 2010. For more
information, please visit http://www.hcltech.com

About HCL Enterprise

HCL is a $5 billion leading global technology and IT enterprise
comprising two companies listed in India – HCL Technologies and HCL
Infosystems. Founded in 1976, HCL is one of India’s original IT garage
start-ups. A pioneer of modern computing, HCL is a global transformational
enterprise today. Its range of offerings includes product engineering, custom
& package applications, BPO, IT infrastructure services, IT hardware, systems
integration, and distribution of information and communications technology
(ICT) products across a wide range of focused industry verticals. The HCL
team consists of over 71,000 professionals of diverse nationalities, who
operate from 29 countries including over 500 points of presence in India. HCL
has partnerships with several leading Global 1000 firms, including leading IT
and Technology firms. For more information, please visit http://www.hcl.com

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ability to manage growth, intense competition in IT services, Business
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our services, products and fee structures, our ability to attract and retain
highly skilled professionals, our ability to integrate acquired assets in a
cost effective and timely manner, time and cost overruns on fixed-price,
fixed-time frame contracts, client concentration, restrictions on
immigration, our ability to manage our international operations, reduced
demand for technology in our key focus areas, disruptions in
telecommunication networks, our ability to successfully complete and
integrate potential acquisitions, the success of our brand development
efforts, liability for damages on our service contracts, the success of the
companies / entities in which we have made strategic investments, withdrawal
of governmental fiscal incentives, political instability, legal restrictions
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About Daon Trusted Identity Services

Daon Trusted Identity Services operates the Transportation Security
Clearinghouse and has conducted over 5.6 million background checks within the
aviation community. It is a division of Daon, the world’s foremost supplier
of identity assurance products and services with engagement totaling over 500
million identities worldwide.

About AvFinity LLC

AvFinity is a data communications/data integration company focused on
multiple solutions for the aviation industry. Its services include providing
mission-critical communications solutions to commercial and general aviation
through patent-pending software technology.

    For More Information, Contact:

    Kirsten Paragona
    Director of External Communication, HCL Americas

    Danielle Millerick
    BluePoint Venture Marketing for HCL Technologies

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