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Vision-Box Renews SmartGate Partnership with Australian Government

Vision-Box Renews SmartGate Partnership with Australian Government

Vision-Box has extended its partnership with the Australian Department of Home Affairs (DHA), reaching an agreement that will allow the SmartGate Departure Program to continue through 2026. The two organizations first began working together in 2015, when Vision-Box provided DHA with biometric SmartGates to improve the flow of traffic through Australia’s airports. The scope of…

IDEMIA ‘Deepening Investment’ in Biometric Tech for Pacific Airport/Border Control Market

IDEMIA ‘Deepening Investment’ in Biometric Tech for Pacific Airport/Border Control Market

IDEMIA is intensifying its efforts to target the APAC and Australian markets for biometric airport and border control solutions, the company has announced. In a statement, IDEMIA did not put attach a monetary figure to its enhanced efforts, but indicated that it “is expanding its investment in its people in Canberra and Sydney.” The company…

Victoria Uploads Driver’s Licenses to Australian Surveillance Database

Victoria Uploads Driver’s Licenses to Australian Surveillance Database

The Australian state of Victoria has uploaded all of its driver’s license photos to the National Driver Licence Facial Recognition Solution (NDLFRS), a comprehensive facial recognition database maintained by the federal government’s Department of Home Affairs. For the moment, the images in the database will only be available to VicRoads and Victoria Police. The Victorian…

Unisys Upgrades Face Tech for Biometric Queensland Driver’s Licenses

Unisys Upgrades Face Tech for Biometric Queensland Driver’s Licenses

Unisys has renewed its contract with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) to facilitate the creation of secure biometric driver’s licenses, marine licenses, and accreditations. The two organizations first joined forces back in 2009, and TMR has issued more than 4.5 million smart licenses to Queensland residents in the decade since. Now…

Australian Government Authorities Cancel Biometric Program, Citing Delays

Australian Government Authorities Cancel Biometric Program, Citing Delays

“Responding to the project’s cancelation in a statement, NEC Australia said it is ‘extremely disappointed’ with the ACIC’s decision, and insisted that it ‘has worked closely with the ACIC to deliver the BIS project and have clearly demonstrated to the ACIC that we already have a high quality solution that will meet their needs.’” Australian…

Sydney International Airport To Use Facial Recognition As Boarding Pass

Sydney International Airport To Use Facial Recognition As Boarding Pass

“Your face will be your passport and boarding pass, there will be no fumbling for passports,” Sydney Airport’s CEO Geoff Culbert said upon the announcement that Sydney Airport will be introducing a trail run of using facial recognition technology for check-in and boarding beginning in May 2018 at the largest Australian airport. Although one’s face-as-passport…

Private, Public Sector Push Australian Airports Toward Biometric Boarding

Private, Public Sector Push Australian Airports Toward Biometric Boarding

“News of these efforts comes after the Australian government contracted Portugal-based Vision-Box to provide biometric SmartGates for departures at the country’s international airports last summer.” Australia is on a path toward comprehensive biometric boarding at its airports. On the private sector side of things, Sydney Airport is preparing to trial a facial recognition system designed…

Australian Sports Venue Exec Reveals Biometric Security Plans at Gov’t Inquiry

Australian Sports Venue Exec Reveals Biometric Security Plans at Gov’t Inquiry

Administrators at one of Australia’s most high-profile sports venues are considering implementing security based on automated facial recognition, but may have a bit of a tug-of-war with government authorities over the matter. The plans came to light during a parliamentary counterterrorism inquiry, where VenuesWest CEO David Etherton suggested that the firm is evaluating the possibility…

Fujitsu Brings BIOaaS Solution to Australian Market

Fujitsu Brings BIOaaS Solution to Australian Market

“…Fujitsu emphasized its collaboration with ImageWare Systems, characterizing the Biometrics as a Service platform as a result of their partnership. “ Fujitsu has brought its Biometrics as a Service (BIOaaS) platform down under, bringing a suite of biometric authentication options including facial, palm print, and voice recognition to organizations in Australia. The news comes soon…

Australian Gov’t In Talks With Telecoms to Sell Access to Biometric Citizen Database

Australian Gov’t In Talks With Telecoms to Sell Access to Biometric Citizen Database

The Australian government has entered into discussions with private sector telecommunications companies about allowing them to buy access to its database for facial recognition, according to documents obtained with a Freedom of Information request. The database was expanded last month after negotiations between the federal government and provincial leaders, with the Prime Minister and his…

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

Australian Government Pushes for Mass Biometric Surveillance of Citizens

“The aim is to enable police and security authorities to quickly identify almost any citizen in public using facial recognition technologies.” Australia’s political leadership is looking to incorporate all of the country’s state-issued driver license photos into a federal database for the purposes of biometric identification, specifically with respect to combating terrorism. Prime Minister Malcolm…

EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock Gets New Australian Distributor: CSD

EyeLock LLC has found a new distribution partner for the Australia region: The company has teamed up with CSD (Central Security Distribution). Headquartered in Victoria, CSD has several showrooms across Australia, and the company says it has “invested millions in a national distribution network”, according to its website. In a statement announcing the partnership, EyeLock’s…

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

Australian Government Hires Vision-Box to Provide Contactless Airport Screening Tech

The Australian government has contracted Vision-Box to provide biometric screening technology for arrivals at the country’s international airports. The contract builds on a relationship previously established when Vision-Box was selected to provide biometric SmartGates at airport departures as part of the Seamless Traveller program launched in 2015. The new contract covers a three-year period, and…

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

New Windows-Focused Deal Brings BIO-key to Australia

BIO-key has made its first substantial entry into Australia with a new government sector client. In a statement announcing the new contract, BIO-key declined to name the client in question, referring to it as “a government agency”. But the company did indicate that the deal comes by way of Aquion Pty Ltd., an Australia-based software…

Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple Gains Support For Mobile Wallet in US, China, and Australia

Apple has extended support for its biometrically secured wallet among financial institutions in the US, China, and Australia. Apple Pay got its biggest additional boost in the US, with a number of banks and credit unions coming on board, including names like Barksdale Federal Credit Union and Lyons National Bank. Santander also found its way…

Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Brisbane Airport Deploys SITA Biometric Screening System

Australia’s Brisbane Airport has become the first in Australia to implement SITA Smart Path, a biometric and automated passenger screening solution. The process is simple. Travelers present their passenger information at the SITA Smart Path kiosk, and then proceed through an automated gate, undergoing a facial recognition scan that links them to their passport and…

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie Embrace Apple Pay in Australia

ING Direct and Macquarie are embracing Apple Pay in Australia, with the financial services organizations joining ANZ Bank in supporting the digital payment platform while the country’s major banks continue to resist its emergence. The firms evidently see an opportunity to get a competitive edge in the Australian market. As Reuters reports, each organization holds only…

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

Mastercard Identity Check is Coming to Australia

“…while Mastercard hasn’t set a launch date for Australia, its arrival appears to be imminent.” Mastercard is bringing its Identity Check platform to Australia, reports The Sydney Morning Herald. The company made its announcement at the recent Australian Open. The app is also known as ‘Selfie Pay’, but it isn’t a mobile payment platform. It…

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…

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