Denver International Airport and Daon Announce Partnership to Bring Contactless, Biometric Solutions to Travelers and Workers

Partnership Builds Foundation for Safe and Healthy Post-Pandemic Travel Experiences

FAIRFAX, VA (June 8, 2020) – Daon, a global leader in identity management and biometric technology, and Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced a strategic partnership to create contactless, biometric solutions throughout the airport environment. The partnership aims to restore traveler confidence as a result of COVID-19 by providing enhanced safety for travelers and streamlining airport operations.  

Using Daon’s proven IdentityX® platform for digital onboarding and authentication, DEN plans a multi-faceted pilot program to develop and test solutions for travelers and employees in a live airport environment. DEN’s strategic vision is to explore how foundational identity-driven technologies can enable a touchless experience, maximize physical distancing, and assist risk-based health mitigation as travelers move through the airport. The partnership will begin immediately with a first pilot project expected to begin this summer.

“The airport experience is going to have to change in fundamental ways to give people confidence that their journey will be safe and efficient,” said Kim Day, DEN’s CEO. “Our goal of the partnership with Daon is to develop solutions and options for travelers that will shape the future of travel and give passengers and employees the tools they need to move through the airport environment with assurance.”

“At this critical time, forward-thinking airports are innovating their way to smarter, safer travel experiences in a post-pandemic world,” said Tom Grissen, Daon’s CEO. “We are tremendously proud to partner with Denver International Airport in this mission, working closely to build greater trust and health resilience into the travel process, and thus delivering safer and more seamless traveler experiences.”

Under this thought partnership, Daon will provide the foundational technology platform, while DEN will provide the environment to pilot the collaborative solutions. Those solutions may explore:

Glide™: A fast, user-friendly biometric solution to manage enrolled identities within the airport’s ecosystem of kiosks, eGates, and other locations, allowing a variety of potential applications. One may involve a self-service reservation system to ensure a minimal contact experience by allowing entry for enrolled passengers during a certain window of time and with reduced physical contact throughout the journey.

Risk-Based Health Mitigation: A solution through which an individual, upon receiving digital identity and wellness credentials, can assert their health status by presenting a badge, visible on their personal mobile device, to a touchless reader or by similar means.

Touchless Retail: A solution through which travelers could potentially use their pre-enrolled identities and mobile devices to quickly order, pay, and execute contactless/touchless in‐person transactions throughout DEN’s many stores and restaurants, should they wish to participate.

Daon’s IdentityX platform is used by leading global financial institutions as well as innovators in insurance, eCommerce and telecommunications. The platform is designed for architectural flexibility with regards to biometric authentication and customer business flows, and it satisfies even the most stringent compliance mandates while simultaneously reducing fraud.

In an airport setting, this technology allows travelers to use their smartphone as a trusted identity credential, as opposed to having to carry, search for, and exchange physical identity documents and boarding passes. This model is significantly more comfortable for travelers, more efficient for airports, and more protective of the privacy and security of travelers’ personal information.

“Daon’s biometric platform creates the foundation for a ‘touchless’ airport journey that maximizes traveler and employee safety, security, trust, and ease-of-experience,” added Grissen. “We view this approach as creating a ‘Safety Dividend’ for DEN travelers, employees, and the broader Denver community.”


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Denver International Airport is the fifth-busiest airport in the United States. With more than 69 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DEN is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DEN is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $33 billion for the region annually. For more information visit, check us out on YouTube and Instagram, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.



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