Biometric Border Control Month: The Primer

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

Biometric Border Control

Access control, remote identification, secure documents and third party enrollment all have a role to play in keeping national borders safe.

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.

Airports to Deploy 18,000 ABC eGates and Kiosks by 2018, Spending $2.2 Billion Globally

Automated Passport Control Boom Brings Convenience to Three More Airports

Automated Passport Kiosks Featuring Cross Match Biometrics Rolled Out by YVR

Australian Airports Choosing Biometric eGates, Citizens In Support

The Global Automated Border Control Market: Forecasts & Analysis

The Global Automated Border Control Market: Forecasts & Analysis 2014 – 2018, Part 2

Airport Convenience

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:

Interview: Joseph Rosenkrantz, CEO of FaceFirst

Biometrics to Expedite Miami Airport Experience

FaceFirst Expands Border Control Deployment in Panama

Aruba Airport Embraces Biometrics for the People

Brazilian Airport to Use Biometric Border Control By August

Vision-Box Forwards A Fully Biometric Airport Experience

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.

Interview with Mohammed Murad, Vice President of Sales, Iris ID Systems Inc.

Vision-Box Providing Denmark With Biometric Enrollment and Border Control Solutions

MorphoTrust USA Opens Several New Enrollment Centers

Travelers Across The Globe Say Yes To Biometric Border Control

Dutch ID Documents Get Biometric Upgrade From Morpho

Gemalto Scores Biometric ePassport Program in Moldova

Unisys Chosen By Her Majesty’s Passport Office For Facial Recognition

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.

The Role of Biometrics In Containing Ebola

Cross Match Technologies Releases New Mobile Credential and Biometric Reader

Daon Fights Terrorism With Major Multifactor Identity Tech Contract


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