TCS signs up with I-SEC for automatic document checking

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Mumbai, Sep 22 (UNI) Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a leading global IT services and business solutions firm, and I-SEC Technologies, a fully-owned subsidiary of ICTS International N.V., a world leader in aviation security, today announced through their partnership with Star Alliance, the launch of a premier alliance product for automatic document checking, aimed at simplifying the complex task of verifying travel documentation requirements for travellers.

The development of this automatic document checking software is a Star Alliance joint initiative involving experts from eleven of its member carriers. TCS designed the overall solution and managed the prestigious program for Star Alliance, while ISEC Technologies maintains the systems' rule engine data base and assisted in designing its concept, TCS said in a release here.

''The automatic document checking solution helps carriers to significantly expedite check-in processes'' said Lee Hock Lye, Vice President, Products and Services, Star Alliance.''As airline costs continue to rise, carriers need solutions that reduce cost, improve travel efficiency and boost customer satisfaction; automatic document checking does just this'' he added.

Automatic document checking has already been implemented at one leading Star Alliance member carrier. Additional Star Alliance member carriers are presently working on future implementation schedules. This state-of-the-art solution will reduce the time for passenger check-in and help airlines avoid immigration fines.

S. Sukanya, Global Head, Travel, Transportation&Hospitality Industry Solution Unit, said, ''We are proud to partner with Star Alliance in this initiative. In 2005, we helped Star become the first global alliance to allow inter-airline upgrades across its carriers. TCS is now continuing its pioneering partnership to deliver an innovative, cutting edge automatic document checking solution that reduces airline costs and improves traveler satisfaction.'' The automatic document checking solution shortens airport check-in time, especially for international travelers. The automatic document checking software evaluates the passengers' travel documents and provides clear Yes, No or Conditional decisions on whether the passengers' travel documents will allow them to continue to their intended destination. The system also provides travel warnings and restrictions associated with the rules of the country they are travelling to, in a clear, easy to understand format. The system helps expand the scope of off-airport check-in initiatives, as it can be extended to airlines' check in systems on the Internet and at self-service kiosks.

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