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TSA Tests Facial Recognition, Body Scanning Solutions in LA

TSA Tests Facial Recognition, Body Scanning Solutions in LA

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is now piloting two new security screening technologies at the Los Angeles International Airport and the Tom Bradley International Terminal, one of which revolves around biometric identification. As with the handful of pilots being conducted by the US Customs and Border Protection agency, the TSA’s system is based on facial…

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

CBP Commissioner Clarifies Biometric Screening Issues to Concerned Senators

The Acting Commissioner of the US Customs and Border Protection agency has taken the opportunity of a concerned inquiry from two US senators to clarify the CBP’s actions with respect to biometric border screening. The letter, co-signed by Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Mike Lee, was framed as a request for further information as the…

SITA Wins Industry Award for Biometric Boarding System at Boston Airport

SITA Wins Industry Award for Biometric Boarding System at Boston Airport

SITA has won in Aviation Technology Achievement at the Air Transport World’s 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards, in recognition of its work on a biometric boarding pilot project at the Boston Logan International Airport. The project was undertaken in collaboration with the US Customs and Border Protection agency and airline JetBlue, and was completed last…

CBP Holds Second Biometric Border Meeting with Privacy Advocates

CBP Holds Second Biometric Border Meeting with Privacy Advocates

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has held another meeting with privacy advocates concerning its Biometric Entry/Exit Program, the organization has announced. In a statement, the CBP did not name the privacy groups with which it met, explaining only that the meeting was led by CBP Office of Field Operation Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner…

Commercial Sector Leads Charge to Biometric Airport Screening in Malaysia

Commercial Sector Leads Charge to Biometric Airport Screening in Malaysia

Malaysia-based airline AirAsia has launched a biometric boarding system based on facial recognition. The system has gone live at Senai International Airport, processing passengers for flights to and from Macau and Bangkok. Aptly named FACES, for “Fast Airport Clearance Experience System”, it essentially replaces passengers’ travel documents with biometrics. Travelers place their passports at an…

Dallas Fort Worth Designated Testing Site for New TSA Tech

Dallas Fort Worth Designated Testing Site for New TSA Tech

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport will become a testing ground for innovative technologies including biometric authentication systems, thanks to a new Transportation Security Administration designation: The TSA has named the airport an official Innovation Task Force (ITF) site. The TSA ITF’s goal is to improve security, efficiency, and the customer experience at airports, and that…

Five Additional Airline Partners Bring PreCheck Roster to 47

Five Additional Airline Partners Bring PreCheck Roster to 47

“As for airline partners, the latest additions bring the total number of participating airlines in TSA PreCheck to 47. “ The Transportation Security Administration has teamed up with five additional airline partners for its TSA PreCheck biometric expedited screening program. Air France, Brussels Airlines, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and World Atlantic have all…

Washington Urges Partners to Embrace Biometric Border Screening at Davos

Washington Urges Partners to Embrace Biometric Border Screening at Davos

Washington urged its partners to adopt biometric technologies in border screening at last week’s World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. According to a statement from the Department of Homeland Security, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen discussed the need for partner states to share passenger information as part of an effort to fight terrorism.…

Biometric Border Screening Kiosks Take to the Seas

Biometric Border Screening Kiosks Take to the Seas

Ferries del Caribe has become the first cruise line operator in the world to implement biometric border control kiosks onboard its ships. The deployments are the product of a collaboration with Vancouver International Airport’s (YVR) Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), and the culmination of a five-month trial program initiated last year. The ‘BorderXpress’ kiosks are, in…

Tanzanian Authorities Adopt Vision-Box Tech for Biometric Airport Screening

Tanzanian Authorities Adopt Vision-Box Tech for Biometric Airport Screening

“The deployments come at a time of escalating activity in biometric border security around the world, with various governments looking to facial recognition in particular as a means of improving security while ensuring the quality of the traveler experience.” Tanzanian border authorities have implemented biometric border screening at two major airports using technology provided by…

Canada and the Netherlands to Trial Biometrics and Blockchain for Air Travel

Canada and the Netherlands to Trial Biometrics and Blockchain for Air Travel

Canada and the Netherlands are about to test drive biometrics and blockchain for air travel as part of a larger initiative called Known Traveller. The announcement comes amid the World Economic Forum, and upon the launch of the Known Traveller Digital Identity prototype. The product of a wide-ranging collaboration between governments, international hotel chains and…

IBIA Questions Academic Rigor of Georgetown University Biometric Exit Critique

IBIA Questions Academic Rigor of Georgetown University Biometric Exit Critique

A recent academic paper that was highly critical of the use of facial recognition technology at airport departure gates prominently featured “factually incorrect and misleading statements”, argues a new analysis from the International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA). The IBIA assessed the Georgetown University Center on Privacy & Technology’s “Not Ready for Takeoff: Face Scans…

Princeton Identity Provides Facial and Iris Recognition Tech for Dubai Airport

Princeton Identity Provides Facial and Iris Recognition Tech for Dubai Airport

“…Princeton Identity says it has opened a new office in Dubai that will focus on supporting the work at DXB, while also serving as a hub for the company’s other regional offices in Africa and the Middle East.” Biometric technology from Princeton Identity is now helping to process travelers at the Dubai International Airport (DXB).…

LAX-Heathrow Biometric Boarding System Now In Operation

LAX-Heathrow Biometric Boarding System Now In Operation

“While the system is meant to improve the passenger experience and reduce processing times, it’s also designed for compliance with the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit program…” The biometric boarding system at Los Angeles Airport is now operational. First announced in December, the system builds on technology deployed at the UK’s Heathrow…

Ukraine Implements Biometric Border Screening

Ukraine Implements Biometric Border Screening

“It is not applied universally: Foreign dignitaries, tourists from cruise ships, children, and some NGO members are exempt from the screening, which otherwise applies to individuals from a list of 71 countries. “ Ukrainian border authorities are now collecting biometric data from travelers entering the country. The biometric screening systems began operation at the start of…

British Airlines, Vision-Box Bring Biometric Boarding to LAX

British Airlines, Vision-Box Bring Biometric Boarding to LAX

British Airlines is now offering automated biometric screening for travelers heading out from Los Angeles Airport. The technology comes by way of Vision-Box, which has made a name for itself providing automated biometric eGates to numerous other airports in recent years. The British Airways deployment essentially replaces passports and boarding passes with biometrics, allowing travelers…

Japanese Authorities Initiate Biometric Border Screening with Panasonic Tech

Japanese Authorities Initiate Biometric Border Screening with Panasonic Tech

Government authorities in Japan have opted to use Panasonic technology to implement facial recognition for border security at a major airport in the country. Panasonic’s solution has already been trialed at the Tokyo International Airport since October 18th, the company says. Panasonic has deployed three automated border gates that rely on facial recognition to identify…

Upward Trend Continues for Automated Border Control Kiosks: Acuity

Upward Trend Continues for Automated Border Control Kiosks: Acuity

The market for automated border control kiosks will see a CAGR of over 20 percent over the next three years, according to a new report from Acuity Market Intelligence. It will be a continuation of a growth trend already well underway, with Acuity asserting that the number of automated border control kiosks increased by over…

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