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Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Confused Messaging on Israeli Biometric IDs Leads to Delays at Airport, Ministry Offices

Israel’s implementation of a national biometric ID program is causing serious delays at the country’s main airport, reports Haaretz. Israel’s legislature, the Knesset, approved the implementation of the biometric ID program earlier this year amid some controversy, with the law coming into effect on June 1st. As Haaretz reports, travelers arriving at Ben-Gurion Airport have…

CBP Biometric Exit Pilot Project Uses NEC Facial Recognition Tech

CBP Biometric Exit Pilot Project Uses NEC Facial Recognition Tech

“…NEC has revealed that the project uses its NeoFace cloud-based biometric matching technology, and its NeoFace Express device.” NEC technology is being used in the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit trial program at the Washington Dulles International Airport, the company has announced. The project came into action near the start of this…

TSA Launches Biometric Boarding Pass Pilots at Atlanta, Denver Airports

TSA Launches Biometric Boarding Pass Pilots at Atlanta, Denver Airports

The TSA has started testing out a biometric boarding system at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and Denver International Airport. The system is designed to replace travel documents with fingerprint scans, and launched as a pilot project today. Interested participants are being recruited from TSA PreCheck, a biometric pre-screening program aimed at helping participants to move…

Venice Airport Authorities Plan Expansion of Biometric eGates

Venice Airport Authorities Plan Expansion of Biometric eGates

“The system uses Cognitec’s FaceVACS-Entry technology, which scans passengers’ facial biometrics and compares them to the images in their respective passports and ID documents.” The use of biometric passenger screening is paying off at the Venice Marco Polo Airport. It was initially introduced back in July of 2015, with airport IT specialist N-Aitec implemented Cognitec’s…

Iris ID Tech Helps Streamline Passenger Screening at Qatar Airport

Iris ID Tech Helps Streamline Passenger Screening at Qatar Airport

Qatar’s Hamad International Airport is offering automated biometric passenger screening to Qatari residents, and Iris ID technology provides the system’s biometric backbone. The system is, of course, based on iris recognition, with passengers required to place their passports on a document reader at an initial screening gate, and to undergo iris scans at a final…

Delta Air Lines to Introduce Biometric Baggage Checking This Summer

Delta Air Lines to Introduce Biometric Baggage Checking This Summer

Delta Air Lines is getting ready to try out biometric baggage checking. The airline has announced that the technology is being installed as part of a $600,000 baggage drop system to be launched at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer. One of the four new machines will feature facial recognition allowing it to match…

Vision-Box Focuses on Biometric Entry-Exit Applications at Connect:ID

Vision-Box Focuses on Biometric Entry-Exit Applications at Connect:ID

Vision-Box is demonstrating the versatility of its biometric screening technology in highlighting its biometric exit applications at this week’s Connect:ID expo. The company’s platform revolves around the automated biometric screening of travelers at airports and other border checkpoints. While it has seen multiple major deployments aimed at reducing passenger wait times and improving the efficiency…

ImageWare Tech to Authenticate Employees at Alaskan Airports

ImageWare Tech to Authenticate Employees at Alaskan Airports

ImageWare has won a contract to provide its biometric technology to five Alaskan airports, the company has announced. While such technology is increasingly popular for airport applications when it comes to passenger screening, in the case of this deal it will be used for employee credentialing. As ImageWare CEO Jim Miller explained in a statement…

Rockwell Collins Automates Airport Baggage Checking with Biometrics

Rockwell Collins Automates Airport Baggage Checking with Biometrics

Air travel technology developer Rockwell Collins has brought facial recognition to its self-service baggage checking system for airports. The system links travelers’ facial biometrics to their passports and boarding passes at the time of registration. Thereafter, they can check their own bags, depositing them into an automatic baggage handling system with the help of facial…

SITA Working Group to Advocate for Biometric Airport Screening

SITA Working Group to Advocate for Biometric Airport Screening

Riding the wave of this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo, air travel IT solutions provider SITA has announced the Secure Journeys Working Group, an industry initiative aimed at offering policy guidance to the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Protection Agency, and other relevant government groups. It’s an extension of the Border Automation User Group formed…

Vision-Box’s Seamless Gateway System Offers Passive Biometric Passenger Screening at Airports

Vision-Box’s Seamless Gateway System Offers Passive Biometric Passenger Screening at Airports

Vision-Box has announced the next step in its pioneering airport screening automation technology: Seamless Gateway, a system offering passive biometric identification of passengers. The system was announced at this week’s Passenger Terminal Expo in Amsterdam and in partnership with the Netherlands’ Schiphol airport. Vison-Box and Schiphol first announced that they were working together on a…

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Announces Completion of Pilot Project Linking Airport Screening to Aadhaar Biometrics

Safran Identity & Security has successfully completed a pilot project linking passenger security screening at India’s Bengaluru Airport to the country’s biometric national ID system, Aadhaar. It was first reported last autumn that Bengaluru Airport, officially called Kempegowda International Airport, would get Aadhaar-linked biometric screening, with Safran and Vision-Box participating in the project. Now, Safran…

Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box Celebrates French Rail Station Deployment of Biometric eGates

Vision-Box is celebrating the success of its first deployment of biometric automated eGate technology with a private transportation service. The project was implemented in France’s St. Pancras International rail station in collaboration with the Eurostar transportation company, and with the cooperation of the French Ministry of Interior and border police. The eGates are meant to…

Vision-Box Confirms ‘Long-Term’ Schiphol Airport Partnership

Vision-Box Confirms ‘Long-Term’ Schiphol Airport Partnership

Vision-Box has confirmed that it is the biometric technology partner for Schiphol airport’s new biometric passenger screening initiative, and it’s buckling in for the long haul. The project was announced this week, with authorities at the Dutch airport revealing that they would trial a biometric passenger screening option in collaboration with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines.…

Amsterdam Airport Pilots Biometric Passenger Screening

Amsterdam Airport Pilots Biometric Passenger Screening

Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport is testing out biometric passenger screening in collaboration with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. Airport authorities have set up a separate boarding gate through which passengers can pass without having to show their passports or boarding passes, instead undergoing a biometric scan using facial recognition. Interested passengers can volunteer to register their biometrics…

CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR Expansion Underway with New Airport Deployments

CLEAR is expanding its biometric passenger screening program across America. The company has announced that its system has come to the JFK International Airport and LaGuardia Airport in New York, and that later this month it’s coming to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. By the end of Q1, the service will also be in place…

Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

Australian Gov’t Aims for Nationwide Biometric Airport Screening by 2020

“… the government is looking to use biometric technology for security screening, with facial, iris, and fingerprint recognition being potential modalities.” The Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection is looking to move to a 90 percent automated, contactless passenger processing system for the country’s airports, and is aiming to start rolling it out this year, reports The…

Vision-Box Cites Progress in Sint Maarten Airport Upgrade

Vision-Box Cites Progress in Sint Maarten Airport Upgrade

“The system now allows passengers to conduct their own security screening, with the system using facial recognition to match their scanned images to those on their passports.” The airport of a major Caribbean vacation destination, Sint Maarten of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is getting a biometric upgrade. Vision-Box is providing its technology and expertise…

Safran Installs Over 50 New Biometric eGates at New Zealand Airports

Safran Installs Over 50 New Biometric eGates at New Zealand Airports

Safran Identity & Security subsidiary Morpho Australasia has installed 51 new generation biometric eGates at the Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, and Queenstown airports in New Zealand. Called SmartGates, the kiosks use facial recognition technology to match travelers’ faces against the facial biometric data in their e-passports, helping to automate the passenger screening process. They have been in…

Changi Biometric Screening System to Begin Operation in Second Half of 2017

Changi Biometric Screening System to Begin Operation in Second Half of 2017

Safran Identity & Security is providing an update on its efforts to provide biometric passenger identification to Singapore’s Changi airport. As the company announced in the spring of this year, its MorphoPass Biometric Applicant Management System was selected by airport authorities for their Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) project at Terminal 4 of the airport.…

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar Biometric Screening Coming to Bangalore Airport

Aadhaar, India’s pioneering national biometric ID program, is expanding its presence in air travel security. As The Economic Times reports, the Bangalore International Airport is preparing to enable Aadhaar-based security screening for travelers. The aim is to make the screening process smoother and more convenient for travelers, with a high-level airport executive explaining that it “should…

Vision-Box Officially Launches Passenger Screening and Analytics Platform

Vision-Box Officially Launches Passenger Screening and Analytics Platform

Vision-Box has officially launched its Orchestra platform, taking a turn in the spotlight at last week’s Future Travel Experience expo in Singapore. The platform first emerged as a biometric security system designed to streamline the passenger screening experience at airports. In that aim, it proved successful, with examples like Vision-Box’s Aruba Happy Flow project helping to…

Manila Airport to Link Biometric Screening to Interpol Databases

Manila Airport to Link Biometric Screening to Interpol Databases

“The system will take photos of all passengers, whether arriving or departing, and will be checked against Interpol’s criminal databases to flag any fugitives.” The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration is planning to install a biometric identification system at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport that will be linked to Interpol databases, reports The Daily Tribune. The…

Vision-Box Expands Airport Biometrics Beyond Security Screening to Passenger Analytics

Vision-Box Expands Airport Biometrics Beyond Security Screening to Passenger Analytics

Vision-Box has officially launched Orchestra, an airport enhancement platform based on biometrics. The company made its move at this week’s Future Travel Experience Global 2016 Conference in Las Vegas. The platform was first announced earlier this year ahead of the Passenger Terminal Expo in Cologne, and is based on the technology underlying Vision-Box’s highly successful Aruba…

Australian Biometric Airport Screening Project Completed

Australian Biometric Airport Screening Project Completed

Vision-Box is celebrating a big milestone: Its Automated Border Control (ABC) technology is now live at all of Australia’s major airports. As in similar deployments elsewhere in the world, Vision-Box’s system here uses facial recognition to match citizens’ faces as scanned at the ABC e-gates to the corresponding biometric data on their passports. In other words,…

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

Russia Demands Biometric Airport Security Before Resumption of Egypt Flights

After a long hiatus, Russia is willing to resume flights to Egypt, but the government wants biometric security in Egyptian airports, according to a report from Daily News Egypt. The planes stopped flying last year in the wake of a deadly terror attack against a Russian flight out of Egypt that killed all 224 passengers…

German Minister Seeks Facial Recognition for Airports, Train Stations

German Minister Seeks Facial Recognition for Airports, Train Stations

Germany’s Interior Minister is aiming to implement surveillance technology using facial recognition at the country’s airports and train stations. The official, Thomas de Maiziere, laid out his idea in an article published in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper, in which he suggested it could be used to prevent terror attacks. The proposal comes after two incidents…

IdentoGO Taking Appointments for Forthcoming PreCheck Enrollment Centers

IdentoGO Taking Appointments for Forthcoming PreCheck Enrollment Centers

Temporary IdentoGO enrollment centers in Houston and Minneapolis are scheduled to open August 23rd. They will remain open until the 27th. IdentoGO is now taking appointments for its forthcoming temporary enrollment centers in Houston and Minneapolis. It’s part of a larger effort to meet demand for enrollment in TSA PreCheck, the biometric pre-screening program available…

IdentoGO Announces Several New Temporary TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers

IdentoGO Announces Several New Temporary TSA PreCheck Enrollment Centers

IdentoGO continues to roll out its temporary enrollment centers for TSA PreCheck. The aim is to get more people signed up for the pre-screening program enabling expedited, biometric passenger processing at participating airports. IdentoGO has seen rising interest in the program during this year’s busy travel season, and it opening its new temporary enrollment centers…

TSA Emphasizes Focus on ‘State-of-the-Art’ Tech in United Airlines Partnership

TSA Emphasizes Focus on ‘State-of-the-Art’ Tech in United Airlines Partnership

The TSA has announced that it’s working with United Airlines to install automated eGates at airports across the US the autumn. The organizations are aiming to start with 17 automated lanes at the Newark Liberty International Airport, with more to come soon after at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport and the Los Angeles International Airport. In…

Temporary PreCheck Enrollment Center to Enable 1,000 More Appointments

Temporary PreCheck Enrollment Center to Enable 1,000 More Appointments

A new, temporary TSA PreCheck enrollment center is available to help Dallas-area travelers expedite the security screening process at a number of US airports. The facility opened this past Tuesday and is in operation from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. during the workweek, and from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. this Saturday, it’s final day…

IdentoGO Temporary Enrollment Center Opens in Miami

IdentoGO Temporary Enrollment Center Opens in Miami

IdentoGO opened an additional, temporary enrollment center in Miami today. It’s meant, of course, to facilitate registration in TSA PreCheck, a biometric pre-screening program designed to enable expedited security screening for travelers at participating airports in the US. That program has seen considerable expansion over the last several months, reaching two million enrollments near the…

New Peripheral Device Brings Powerful Biometric Scanning to the iPhone

New Peripheral Device Brings Powerful Biometric Scanning to the iPhone

Biometrics specialist Tascent has announced a new peripheral that can bring sophisticated biometric technology to the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6s. Called the Tascent M6, in form it’s a black case that fits around the iPhone. But despite its compact, pocket-friendly design, it packs a punch with its embedded biometric scanning technology, offering face…

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

Biometric Screening System Now Running Smoothly: South African Minister

South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister has been seeking to reassure travelers that problems caused by the implementation of biometric screening at the OR Tambo International Airport have now been resolved. The problems were, more specifically, delays: The Department of Home Affairs and airport authorities had the biometric passenger screening system installed last week, delaying flights and…

Biometric Airport Security Debuts in China

Biometric Airport Security Debuts in China

China has just got its first airport facial recognition system, reports Shanghai Daily. The system was developed by domestic company Shanghai Doudian Technologies, in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Security’s Third Research Institute. The system takes travelers’ photos at security checkpoints within the airport, linking their faces to their boarding passes. When passengers then…

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

Sudden Transition to Biometric Screening Causes Delays at South African Airport

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has implemented biometric security screening for non-citizen visitors to the country at the OR Tambo International Airport. The deployment caused significant delays, with DHA and airline authorities telling media that both authorities and travelers’ efforts to transition to the system led to slower processing. Speaking to Traveller24, a spokesperson…

Singapore Joins US Global Entry Border Screening Program

Singapore Joins US Global Entry Border Screening Program

Singapore has become the second Asian country and the seventh in the world to partner with the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s Global Entry program. Part of the CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program, Global Entry allows for the expedited border processing of pre-approved travellers flying between member countries. As part of the program, participants are also…

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

Border Control & National ID Month: The Roundup

June has come to an end and with it exits Border Control & National ID Month. For the past five weeks at FindBiometrics we have been placing a featured focus on the most ambitious and enormous biometric and identity tech deployments around the globe, with feature articles, on-topic industry news coverage and, of course, an…

Border Control & National ID Month: Multimodal Airports

Border Control & National ID Month: Multimodal Airports

The Rise of Multimodality and The Need For Biometric Border Control Biometrics in airports are not completely dissimilar to biometrics in financial services. A few years ago, before the big mobile biometrics boom kicked off with Apple’s Touch ID, there was a competition between biometric modalities as vendors bumped shoulders to be at the front…

MorphoTrust Highlights PreCheck as TSA Wait Time Solution

MorphoTrust Highlights PreCheck as TSA Wait Time Solution

The US Transportation Security Administration is seeking to improve the efficiency of airport security screening, and MorphoTrust USA is expanding its efforts with TSA PreCheck accordingly, the company says. TSA PreCheck is the expedited screening program based on biometric identification, and administrated by MorphoTrust. Individuals who enroll are essentially pre-cleared for security, with their fingerprints…

Multimodal Biometric Security is the Future of Border Control: Morpho

Multimodal Biometric Security is the Future of Border Control: Morpho

Morpho (Safran) is painting a picture of the future of border control, and it involves multimodal biometrics. In a new statement, VP of Strategy and Market Development Luc Tombal highlights key technologies and a major case study in illustrating the point. Tombal points to fingerprint and facial recognition systems as the starting point for this…

Japan Seeks Facial Recognition for Border Security

Japan Seeks Facial Recognition for Border Security

Japan’s government is pursuing facial biometric technology for its border security. In its latest budget, the country’s Justice Ministry is looking to get about $2.69 million in funding for such a system to be implemented at its national airports. While the country’s security forces are already starting to use extensive biographic profiling of visitors as…

SITA Smart Path Replaces Passports, Boarding Passes with Biometrics

SITA Smart Path Replaces Passports, Boarding Passes with Biometrics

The biometric airport screening market is heating up with a major new entry unveiled by IT solutions provider SITA at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo. SITA has announced Smart Path, a biometric boarding system that condenses passenger processing down to one biometric check. A facial recognition scan is performed when the passenger first arrives at the boarding…

Trinidad & Tobago Considers Biometric Screening at Airports

Trinidad & Tobago Considers Biometric Screening at Airports

The government of Trinidad and Tobago is considering the implementation of biometric border screening at the country’s two international airports. The news came by way of Minister of National Security Major General Edmund Dillon, who spoke on the matter in a parliamentary session. Dillon asserted that the government is working to adhere to a United…

Biometrics Year in Review: Biometrics Vs Terrorism

Biometrics Year in Review: Biometrics Vs Terrorism

Last year, the border control markets continued to show promise of rapid growth. Reports from Acuity Market Intelligence painted the picture of a booming ABC eGate and APC kiosk market, and Frost & Sullivan forecasted that airport passenger screening tech is on track to hit $1.63 billion by 2020. A great deal of this growth…

CBP Expands Biometric Screening to JFK Airport

CBP Expands Biometric Screening to JFK Airport

The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is expanding its use of facial recognition at airports. Such a system has now been implemented at the John F. Kennedy airport in New York. The move appears to be a limited expansion of the system first tested at Virginia’s Dulles International Airport. The pilot project wrapped up…

Aruba Airport Expands Vision-Box eGate Solution

Aruba Airport Expands Vision-Box eGate Solution

With Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport (also known as Aruba Airport) having seen the benefits of biometric Automated Border Control eGates, its managers have now expanded the solution. Aruba Airport has now seen even more eGates at both its Arrivals and Departures areas as of this past December. The airport’s fully automated Happy Flow pilot project was…

Vision-Box eGate Deployment Dramatically Reduces Screening Time

Vision-Box eGate Deployment Dramatically Reduces Screening Time

Vision-Box has announced the completion of another major deployment: Its automated border control (ABC) eGate technology is now processing passengers at the Viracopos International Airport in Brazil. It’s one of the country’s busiest airports, having seen a record 10.3 million passengers last year. To cope with such high traffic, airport authorities looked to Vision-Box’s ABC…

IBIA Backs Visa Waiver Changes, Urges Further Efforts

IBIA Backs Visa Waiver Changes, Urges Further Efforts

The International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) has issued a statement backing the US government’s recent efforts to tighten its Visa Waiver Program (VWP). Commenting on the H.R. 158 legislation specifically, the IBIA expressed “strong support.” The new regulations come in large part as a response to the November 13th terror attacks in Paris. The…

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