Tuesday March 9, 11:42 am Eastern Time
Company Press ReleaseSOURCE:
Exigent International, Inc.
FotoTag, InterPlay Part of Future 'Smart Airports'
MELBOURNE, Fla., March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Exigent International, Inc.
(Nasdaq: XGNT - news) today announced that subsidiary FotoTag, Inc., in association
with associates Computer Sciences Corporation UK Division (CSC) and Northrop
Grumman-Canada, Ltd. (NGCL), will demonstrate an innovative passenger boarding
expedition system at Passenger Terminal Expo '99 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Working in concert, the three companies have integrated a sophisticated
technology that addresses much of the confusion and wasted time common to the
process of ticketing and boarding for a commercial airliner or cruise ship.
The system also provides reliable passenger-baggage reconciliation, especially
for the frequent traveler, thus eliminating another key source of travel
The system centers around CSC-developed ``Journey'' or ``Travel'' Cards(TM)``
which combine a memory chip and a multi use display panel in a package no
larger than a standard credit card. These cards have read/write capability,
and can be electronically altered to capture and display ticketing and
boarding information -- in effect becoming both the ticket and the boarding
pass. Passenger and baggage-tracking information is also stored in the card's
memory. The card is ''contactless`` -- that is, the information on the card can
be read from distances of over one meter.
Booking and automated fare collection is done by NGCL's NIA self-service
CUPSS (Common Use Passenger Self Service) kiosk. Passenger ticketing and
boarding information is processed by the Internet-enabled, computer-based
kiosk. This device features an interactive touch-screen, a built-in credit
card/ATM reader, two-way video, and an optional boarding pass printer. The
NIA kiosk also supports multiple language interfaces. Future extensions
include connections to weigh scales and biometric devices.
The FotoTag® system captures passenger images and associates this visual
information with itinerary, baggage, and related travel documents. Exigent's
InterPlay(TM) Active Messaging System enables the transfer of all of this
information between the elements of the boarding system.
Gavin Ridge, Executive Vice-President and General Manager of FotoTag, Inc.
said of the system, ``Smart cards, self-ticketing kiosks, and instant passenger
image verification will shorten check-in lines and expedite boarding. We are
moving strongly toward a solution for the SPT (Simplifying Passenger Travel)
initiative currently put forward by International Air Transport Association
Interested parties are invited to experience the Fototag/CSC/NGCL boarding
Passenger Terminal Expo '99
Moriel Convention Center
New Orleans, Louisiana
March 24 -- 26, 1999
Exigent International, Inc. (www.xgnt.com) is a holding company
capitalizing on emerging high-technology opportunities; specializing in
satellite command and control solutions for systems such as IRIDIUM® and the
NAVSTAR Global Positioning System (GPS). For more information contact:
Jeffery Weinress, CFO at (407) 952-7550 or (888) 952-XGNT or
FAX (407) 952-7555 or Emailinfo@xgnt.com.
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