Estudio de caso

Biometric Access Control System to Pakistan’s Karachi Airport

  • Site Background

Jinnah International Airport (IATA:KHI, ICAO: OPKC) is Pakistan’s largest international and domestic airport. Located in Karachi, the largest city and capital of the Sindh province, it is named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan.

The airport provides a hub for the flag carrier, Pakistan International Airlines (PIA), Air Indus, Shaheen Air, and airblue as well as many other private airlines. The airport is equipped with aircraft engineering and overhauling facilities including the Ispahani hander for wide-body aircraft.

Jinnah airport is the nation’s largest airport with annual capacity of 12 million passengers and 50 thousand flights. With its fast-growing traffic, the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (hereafter ‘CAA’) required a more efficient & scalable solution that could meet the airport’s growing operation while developing highest level of security and safety for the staffs and travelers.


  • The Challenge

CAA is a public sector autonomous organization under the Ministry of Defense of the Federal Government of Pakistan. CAA handles all kinds of civil aviation related activities including regulatory, air traffic services, infrastructure and commercial development of the airports. In response to recent international regulation and security requirements on transportation and aviation industry, Jinnah Airport, the busiest airport in Pakistan, planned to enhance its RF-card based access control to more sophisticated and convenient biometric system.

As CAA is involved in both commercial development and management of the airport, improving airport employees’ management was another major issue at the airport. As airport service typically consists of labor-intensive services, CAA required highly efficient & robust biometric time attendance management system.

Acquisition of High level security and safety were the highest priority at Jinnah Airport. The access control system at Jinnah handles considerable range of facilities including 60 check-in counters, 12 gates, 12 air-bridges, two terminals with restricted back office areas.

The access control & time attendance system was required to be integrated to the airport’s existing surveillance and alarm systems and also to be inter-connected to enable real-time monitoring and staff management.

As for the access control, the system should feature fingerprint identification for high-level security area and also support RF card feature for contractors and special occasions. The system needed be flexible and feature expandability to keep pace with the airport’s growing needs.


  • The Solution

For Jinnah Airport’s biometric access control system, Suprema supplied over 120 units of BioStation and BioEntry Plus biometric devices for the implementation.

Suprema’s BioStation fingerprint time attendance terminal that can verify, record and transfer sign-in/out records real-time over the IP connection. The device also features user-friendly GUI for easy adoption of devices by operation managers and employees to manage their timesheet with minimal instructions. The work hour records from BioStations can be digitally transferred over IP connection to the payroll system at back office for simpler data synchronization.

BioEntry Plus is a simpler biometrics access controller device featuring multiple RF card option and IP connectivity. The device can directly control without aid of additional devices on doors and 3rd party devices to give customers significant benefits in cost and flexibility in system design.


  • The Results

Among number of benefits that were gained through deployment of the biometric access control & time attendance system the key benefits were enhanced level of security and safety at the overall site. The digital transfer of data ensured accuracy and credibility of the data gathered, and the real-time monitoring of the site also improved its operational efficiency in staffing by allocating required labor resource where it is needed reducing unnecessary labor cost and help optimize internal processes.