ORLANDO, FL. - At its June meeting, the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority (GOAA) approved the awarding of a contract to design and manage the pilot program known as the Private Sector Known Traveler Program (PSKT) to "Verified Identity Pass Inc Lockheed Martin Corp team." The company will have the responsibility of administering the program that will enable enrolled passengers to have faster access to the security check point. The new program will be operated with the approval and cooperation of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and GOAA.
The Verified Identity Pass Inc - Lockheed Martin Corp team has ties to our region. Lockheed Martin has approximately 62 hundred employees in Central Florida with an annual payroll of over 570 million dollars.
The Verified Identity Pass Inc Lockheed Martin Corp team was selected from a field of two potential vendors after a careful review of each firms marketing plans, technical expertise, financial commitment to the program, operational and implementation plans, and their security processes and planned systems. Their proposal also includes the creative branding concept of the word "Clear" to be used in statements including, "Orlando Airport Clears the Way" and "The Orlando Airport is Now Clear." Clear is presented as the theme for their advertising campaign that includes signage and kiosk design.
"Once fully operational, this first of its kind, private sector known traveler program will provide another valuable customer service to travelers. By allowing fast-lane access through standard security procedures, travelers enrolled in the program will be able to enjoy specialized services to enhance airport security and the overall travel experience. This is a model program that if successful here, could be adopted across the country," says C.W. Jennings, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.
Participants in the program will be required to complete an application, provide biometric data, including fingerprint and iris scan identification and will also need to pass a security assessment with federal law enforcement and intelligence agencies. The emphasis throughout the process will be on the convenience, security, and privacy of the information provided. Enrollment to sign up for the PSKT program launches June 21, 2005. More information will be available in the future on the airports website at www.orlandoairports.net.
Orlando International Airport is a test site for the PSKT. By expediting the passenger screening process for those enrolled in the program, it should help to ease possible congestion at the security checkpoints for all travelers. The program re-enforces Orlando International Airports commitment to excellence in customer service as Floridas busiest airport with over 31.1 million passengers in 2004.
Orlando was recently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as the number one airport for customer service in North America and number two in the world behind Hong Kong.
For more information, please contact Carolyn Fennell at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at (407) 825-2055 or Cindy Rosenthal at Verified Identity Pass Incorporated at (212) 332-6306.
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