Canada

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Starting today, travelers coming to Canada through the Ottawa International Airport will use biometric kiosks to enter the country. The kiosks replace the paper customs forms previously used to process new arrivals to the country. After disembarking, visitors will use the kiosks to enter their details, with the kiosks scanning their faces and comparing the…

Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency has launched a new automated traveler screening program based on facial recognition, according to a CBC report. Dubbed the Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program, it’s starting to take shape as international airports in Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City pave the way with requests for tender. In the case of Toronto’s…

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

Biometric Background Checks Now Required for Government Contractors in Canada

“Public Services has consulted various industry interests prior to making the change and has piloted biometric background checks with a major contractor…” The Canadian government is enhancing its standards for contractor background checks with a new fingerprinting requirement, reports the CBC. The change is being implemented by Public Services and Procurement Canada in response to…

Hack Attack Could Manipulate Biometric Border Screening: Report

Hack Attack Could Manipulate Biometric Border Screening: Report

Canadian border officials are concerned about potential hack attacks against their biometric databases, according to a new report from The Toronto Star’s Alex Boutilier. The concerns were outlined in a report prepared by Canada Border Services Agency officials for the country’s Public Safety Minister last November. The document outlines multiple digital threats to border security,…

Biometric System to Fight Driver ID Fraud in Saskatchewan

Biometric System to Fight Driver ID Fraud in Saskatchewan

The provincial government of Saskatchewan, Canada, is getting ready to take advantage of biometric technology to help fight identity fraud. Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has announced that it will use facial recognition to help prevent the production of duplicate and fraudulent driver licenses. For the province’s drivers, the measure won’t be noticeable; it’s work is…

Biometric Identification Project Helps Canadian Officials Catch 15 ID Fraudsters

Biometric Identification Project Helps Canadian Officials Catch 15 ID Fraudsters

Canadian officials have used biometric identification technology to flag 15 fraudsters attempting to get travel documents under assumed names, reports The Canadian Press. The bust is the product of a trial project initiated in 2014 by the Canada Border Services Agency in collaboration with the federal Immigration Department. The former shared the photos as well as…

Entertech Gains Access to Top Talent in Canadian Biotech

Entertech Gains Access to Top Talent in Canadian Biotech

Toronto-based Entertech Systems has gained access to a strong talent pool. The biometrics company has joined BioTalent Canada, a network connecting employers with recent graduates specializing in biotechnology. It’s already paying off, according to Entertech President Jeff Crews. Commenting in a press release, he asserted, “Through our partnership with BioTalent Canada we have been able…

RCMP Scanner Malfunction Highlights Importance of Biometric Background Check Tech

RCMP Scanner Malfunction Highlights Importance of Biometric Background Check Tech

Having been out of operation for about a week, the Whitehorse RCMP’s fingerprint scanner has now been repaired and is back in business. It isn’t clear what shut down the machine in the first place, but the consequences were very obvious to some. Individuals in need of biometric background checks faced delays, possibly affecting work…

Canadian Authorities Test Facial Recognition Screening for Border Security

Canadian Authorities Test Facial Recognition Screening for Border Security

The Canadian government is testing out facial recognition for border security screening. The work is being led by the Canadian Border Services Agency in collaboration with the University of Quebec, with the system in question designed to scan the faces of travelers captured on video cameras and compare them against criminal and terrorist databases. The…

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay Coming To Canada Tomorrow

Apple Pay is expected to make its Canadian debut tomorrow. The launch will be spearheaded by American Express, whose representatives have confirmed that at least some of their customers will be able to use the mPayment service starting November 17th. It’s the fruition of a promise on the part of American Express, which formally announced…

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

The Canadian government is seeking to expand the collection of visitors’ biometric data, and it’s raising some concerns about privacy. The changes have been introduced into a new omnibus budget bill. The government already takes face and fingerprint data for visitors from a number of countries. It also uses ePassports, has employed facial recognition technology…

Pre-Clearance Program May Come to Canada-US Borders

Pre-Clearance Program May Come to Canada-US Borders

Canadian and US officials have agreed on a tentative plan to implement a ‘pre-clearance’ border crossing system for train passengers, truckers, and other drivers, according to a Toronto Star article by Daniel Dale. The agreement, if approved by US legislators, would ease the flow of traffic between the two countries, which has been clogged since…

Canadian Borders Get Biometric Upgrade From Iris ID

Canadian Borders Get Biometric Upgrade From Iris ID

Today, Iris ID (formerly the Iris Technology Division of LG Electronics) and IBM announced that their collaboration has led to iris recognition biometrics being used by the Canada Border Services Agency’s NEXUS program. Thanks to the biometric integration, the travelers moving between Canada and the United States via eight international airports, 19 land border crossings and…