Common Use Identity Management

Maintain security and improve passenger flow – Common Use Identity Management

Ensuring the identity of passengers at every point on their journey through the airport is crucial to security and traffic management. Our ARINC vMUSE™ common use passenger processing system (CUPPS) sets the standard as a truly integrated solution that can validate identity across the passenger process, from proving ownership of an e-Passport to ensuring he or she – given authority to fly – is the one who actually boards the plane.

Our latest version includes standardized plug-ins to allow any biometric recognition technology to be integrated into the process at all key passenger touchpoints, including check-in, bag drop, kiosks, security points and boarding gates.

We ensure you’re compliant with existing American Evaluation Association (AEA) standards out-of-the box to ease system integration with compliant hardware. Data from each touchpoint can be collated to provide real-time updates on the status of each passenger, offering early identity of potential loading issues to airlines while providing location information to the airport.

Features & Benefits

  • The first truly integrated solution that can be used to assist in validating identity across the whole process, from helping verify ownership of an e-Passport through better ensuring the passenger, given authority to fly, is the one who actually boards the plane

  • Improve passenger flow and convenience while maintaining the highest levels of security

  • Implement biometric authentication without changing Departure Control Systems (DCS)

  • Includes standardized plug-ins to allow any biometric recognition technology to be integrated into the process at check-in, bag drop, kiosks, security and boarding gates

  • Compliant with existing AEA standards out-of-the-box

Key specifications

Biometric plug-ins:

  • These software components slot into the PCPNET communications layer and allow the data streams between the airline DCS and industry standard common use certified peripherals, such as travel document readers and printers, to be intercepted. Travel document data, such as IATA-compliant Bar Coded Boarding Pass (BCBP) data, ICAO-compliant passport Machine Readable Zone (MRZ), or chip data can be extracted, allowing the current passenger process – check-in, manual boarding or self-boarding – to be extended, in the case of biometric enrollment or verification, or halted by exception, in the case of a biometric non-match.

Biometric GUI:

  • A software component which allows manual user input into the biometric capture process, by selecting corresponding passport and BCBP based on passenger name, dependent on overall system configuration and provides feedback (e.g., exception messages) to the user.

e-Passport driver:

  • A software component allowing the data stored on an e-Passport chip to be read using a passport reader peripheral.

Biometric SDK:

  • This software component manages the capture of data, such as facial images, fingerprints or iris scans, for conversion to biometric templates by the biometric capture device.

Biometric ID server components:

  • These software components manage the storage of biometrics and associated data as well as the configuration of the biometric components.

Biometric workflow components:

  • These software components control the business logic governing whether biometric enrollment, identification or verification should occur, based on available passenger/flight/other data.

Biometric capture devices:

  • This hardware and embedded firmware/software physically performs biometric capture.




Airport Sales Global


William Flowers - U.S.
Phone 1: (214) 236-2554

Finbarr Ring - EMEA
Phone 1: +44 1293 64 1247

Andrew Seow - Asia-Pacific
Phone 1: +65-6419-2236

Augusto de Macedo Santos - South America
Phone 1: (443) 214-4065

Technical support

Anthony “Tony” Chapman
Phone 1: (410) 266-4694