November is Biometric Border Control Month here at FindBiometrics, and to start off (as usual) here is a handy primer to get you up to speed on the topic.
Border control is an interesting vertical when it comes to identity management markets, in that it encompasses a wide range of biometric applications. Access control, remote identification, secure documents and third party enrollment all have a role to play in keeping national borders safe.
Here’s what we talk about when we talk about biometric border control:
Automatic Border Control eGates and Kiosks
The global market for automated border control solutions is in the midst of a boom. Earlier this year new analysis from Acuity Market Intelligence projected that the global revenue from automatic border control (ABC) eGates and kiosks will reach 1.2 billion by 2018. The following links will give you the low down on what that means for border control entities, the facilities that deploy the tech and the end users that end up passing through.
A major driving force in the world of biometric border control is a high demand for convenience airport security. The jokes about having to take off your shoes and belt at the security checkpoint before you fly have long gotten old and dusty. Now frequent fliers are just annoyed.
ABC eGates and kiosks are only part of the equation of making flying fun again. New ideas are being explored around the world on how to best use biometric technology to get travelers from point A (baggage check) to point B (their seat on the plane) with as little hassle as possible without sacrificing anything in terms of security.
Here’s how airports are getting more convenient all around the world:
Enrollment and Secure Documents
Expedited travel security requires a robust infrastructure to back up the biometric hardware that travelers are interacting with. Biometric documents and enrollment are two key factors that need to be in place to enable automated border control solutions. The following articles are about the biometric enrollment services and secure identity documents that are helping keep border checks secure and convenient.
A Matter of Safety
Of course, not everything is about convenience in border control. The entire concept of protecting national boundaries is based on the idea of safety. Particularly in this day and age, in which travel is increasingly accessible, crime and disease can propagate between nations at great speeds if we aren’t careful. Identity management solutions can be applied to strengthen border security, keeping undesirables -whether they be people or in a recent example, viruses – at bay.
Stay posted to FindBiometrics throughout November as we take a closer look at the world of biometric border control. Join the conversation by following us on Twitter and tweeting with the hashtag #FBBorders.
November 5, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter