The Bologna Guglielmo Marconi airport chooses the bar code scanners produced by Datalogic to improve the control process of passenger boarding passes

Bologna, August 4th, 2010 - Datalogic, through its subsidiary Datalogic Scanning, has signed an agreement with Guglielmo Marconi airport in Bologna to automate the control process of boarding passes in the security check area.

Thanks to this application, access control is quicker and safer. Using the radio bar code readers PowerScan PM8500 by Datalogic Scanning, operators in charge of controlling access to the flight gates read the PDF code on the passengers' boarding pass (issued at the check-in desk, or printed-off at home via the Internet or received on the passenger's mobile phone).

The code is then sent to the host system that returns a message to the reader, consequently triggering a light on the display. Depending on the colour of the light - green, yellow or red - the security operator is either authorized to allow the passenger through for the final security check before boarding or to refuse access if the flight has been cancelled, has already taken off, the boarding gate has closed and so forth.

This solution proves particularly useful in the month of August, when the airport has to face the traditional summer holiday traffic peak in the best way possible: An estimated 8500 passengers and more a day do indeed cross the security gates in Marconi airport.

Luca Voltolini, Security Director of Marconi airport, said: "This innovative solution is perfect for the modern standards of security in airports and ensures stricter access control, speeds-up boarding and also saves money. In addition, there are consequent benefits for operators, whose work is simplified, and for passengers, whose waiting times are shorter".

Mauro Sacchetto, CEO of Datalogic, declared: "We are truly proud to have signed this agreement with Guglielmo Marconi airport in Bologna, which confirms our company as a privileged partner of the most important Italian airports. The high level of quality and safety that Datalogic is able to guarantee in fulfilling innovative technological solutions that satisfy the requirements of its customers is confirmed yet again, especially for such complex and delicate applications, as is the correct boarding management of millions of passengers. Our ability to provide such cutting edge solutions derives from our constant focus on the research and development of new technologies designed to improve many aspects of daily routines. This again is why Datalogic is the ideal partner for those who make quality and efficient service their strongholds".