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IDEMIA Tech Aids CBP Trial of Biometric Screening at Sea Port

IDEMIA Tech Aids CBP Trial of Biometric Screening at Sea Port

The US Customers and Border Protection (CBP) agency has expanded its biometric screening program to the sea, with a newly concluded trial demonstrating the use of facial recognition to identify passengers on cruise ships. The trial was conducted with Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) using biometric technology provided by IDEMIA. The trial focused on re-entry of…

Vision-Box Unveils Seamless Airport 4.0 at FTE Asia

Vision-Box Unveils Seamless Airport 4.0 at FTE Asia

Vision-Box representatives are in Singapore today to showcase their latest biometric traveler screening solution at Future Travel Experience Asia Expo 2017 (or ‘FTE Asia 2017’). Dubbed Seamless Airport 4.0, the solution is a combination of the biometric automation technologies Vision-Box has been developing for years. It’s designed to essentially enable frictionless passenger processing with biometric…

Taiwan Joins CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program

Taiwan Joins CBP’s Trusted Traveler Program

“And it works both ways: Travelers from Taiwan who register for the program will get expedited processing at the 54 airports participating in the US.” Taiwan has become the latest state to join the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency’s Trusted Traveler Program. The development arrives thanks in part to Taiwanese authorities’ implementation of…

IDEMIA Announces Second NFL Partnership for TSA PreCheck

IDEMIA Announces Second NFL Partnership for TSA PreCheck

IDEMIA has announced another partnership with an NFL football team to promote TSA PreCheck enrollment. The management of the San Francisco 49ers will host IDEMIA’s enrollment desks at the Levi’s Stadium. News of the partnership comes soon after IDEMIA announced a similar partnership with the New York Jets, marking an expansion of its efforts to…

IdentoGO Gets First NFL Partner in New York Jets

IdentoGO Gets First NFL Partner in New York Jets

IDEMIA‘s IdentoGO organization has signed on its first NFL partner to promote its TSA PreCheck biometric authentication program — the New York Jets. The partnership will see PreCheck registration made available to Jets fans at MetLife Stadium during all Jets home games this season. Those who sign up will then be have access to expedited, biometric…

Huawei’s Modular Data Center Supports Dubai Airport Digitization

Huawei’s Modular Data Center Supports Dubai Airport Digitization

Dubai Airport is ramping up its technological overhaul, and Huawei is playing an important role, the latter has announced. Huawei says it has been selected by airport authorities to provide its FusionModule1000B prefabricated, modular data center solution to provide the powerhouse for Dubai Airport’s increasingly digital operations. It’s already the world’s biggest airport in terms…

SITA to Bring Biometric Passenger Identification Solutions to Qatar Airport

SITA to Bring Biometric Passenger Identification Solutions to Qatar Airport

SITA will soon bring its biometric passenger processing technology to the Hamad International Airport, in Qatar, with the parties having just signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on advanced passenger processing solutions. The agreement will see SITA implement 62 of its biometric check-in kiosks at the airport, as well as the deployment of biometric…

TSA’s Busiest Summer Ever Points to Advantages of Biometric Screening

TSA’s Busiest Summer Ever Points to Advantages of Biometric Screening

This year saw the busiest summer ever for the Transportation Security Administration, the organization has announced. Between the Memorial Day weekend and the Labor Day weekend, TSA checkpoints processed about 239 million travelers. The period saw 35 days during which over 2.4 million travelers were screened, with the busiest day having been the Friday before…

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

Senate Committee Approves Legislation to Expand Biometric Airport Screening

The Senate Commerce Committee has approved the TSA Modernization Act, a bill recently introduced to the Senate that is aimed at expanding the Transportation Security Administration’s and the Customs and Border Protection agency’s use of biometric screening at various border checkpoints in the US. The legislation arrives as the CBP has been expanding a biometric border…

Government Applications Month: The Roundup

Government Applications Month: The Roundup

All through September FindBiometrics placed a featured focus on government applications in biometrics. For the last four weeks we brought you live event coverage, interviews, featured articles, industry news and an expert webinar featuring the leading minds in government biometrics. Take a look back on the highlights of Government Applications Month: Where To Start Government…

SITA Proclaims Success of Boston Biometric Passenger Screening Pilot

SITA Proclaims Success of Boston Biometric Passenger Screening Pilot

SITA is proclaiming the success of its Boston Logan International Airport deployment in collaboration with JetBlue and the US Customs and Border Protection agency. First announced this past spring, the pioneering program was meant to explore the use of biometric facial recognition technology – provided by SITA – as a replacement for passengers’ travel documents.…

Vision-Box Announces ‘Seamless Totem’ Solution

Vision-Box Announces ‘Seamless Totem’ Solution

Vision-Box has announced a new refinement of its Orchestra passenger processing platform dubbed “Seamless Totem”. The aim, as usual, is to streamline passenger processing using biometric identification, with facial recognition technology identifying customers as they travel through the various contact points of an airport. Now, Seamless Totem brings that system to ports and land border…

Vision-Box Launches Dashboard Tool for Airport Analytics

Vision-Box Launches Dashboard Tool for Airport Analytics

Vision-Box is further enhancing its Orchestra airport management platform with a new analytics solution called VB Dashbox. It’s a web-based dashboard interface designed to collect a range of metrics coming in through Vision-Box’s various passenger tracking tools, giving administrators an overview of the operational picture. And the widget-based interface is customizable, allowing users to tailor…

Gemalto Predicts Rise of Mobile Passports, Acceleration of Smart Screening at Airports

Gemalto Predicts Rise of Mobile Passports, Acceleration of Smart Screening at Airports

Gemalto‘s ePassport technologies are now being used in more than 30 countries, the company has announced. While Gemalto’s most recent ePassport project was announced for East Timor in June, in a statement announcing the breadth of the ePassport solutions’ reach, Gemalto Government Business Unit ID Document Solutions SVP Youzec Kurp highlighted “landmark projects in Algeria,…

Government Applications Month: The Primer

Government Applications Month: The Primer

September is Government Applications Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the identity management and strong authentication technologies that keep modern society secure, convenient, and safe. From military ID and physical access control, to border security, law enforcement and next-gen voting, biometric technology has become a key component of the…

Jenetric Tech Used in Biometric Trial Program at Frankfurt Airport

Jenetric Tech Used in Biometric Trial Program at Frankfurt Airport

Jenetric has been participating in one component of a trial for the European Union’s ‘Smart Borders’ security program, the company has revealed. The German company’s technology has been implemented in Germany’s Frankfurt Airport, where authorities have been using Jenetric’s LiveTouch Quattro fingerprint scanner to document the biometrics of arrivals to the Schengen zone. According to…

BRIEF: Airport Facial Recognition Takes Off Around the World

BRIEF: Airport Facial Recognition Takes Off Around the World

While government authorities have been exploring biometric border screening for years, facial recognition is clearly the ascendant traveler processing solution at a growing number of airports around the world. This year has seen a flurry of activity as government authorities and airport administrators have raced ahead in their efforts to use face biometrics technologies to…

Baidu Facial Recognition Tech Coming to Beijing Airport

Baidu Facial Recognition Tech Coming to Beijing Airport

Baidu is bringing facial recognition technology to Beijing Capital International Airport for passenger identification. The technology is already being tested by airport staff in an access control application for secure areas, but will ultimately be used to identify passengers as they move through airport screening. Baidu says that as early as next year, facial recognition…

DHS, TSA Test Contactless Fingerprint Scanning at Atlanta, Denver Airports

DHS, TSA Test Contactless Fingerprint Scanning at Atlanta, Denver Airports

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate (or “S&T”) is working with the Transportation Security Administration to trial contactless fingerprint scanning stations for traveler processing at airports. The tests began in June, and are taking place at the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and Denver International Airport. They’re restricted to volunteers who have signed up…

Aruba Happy Flow to Get ‘Centre of Excellence’

Aruba Happy Flow to Get ‘Centre of Excellence’

About two years after its launch, the Aruba Happy Flow program is being reinforced with a renewed partnership between Vision-Box and the Aruba Airport Authority. At its outset, Aruba Happy Flow was one of the first automated biometric passenger screening programs in the world, and it quickly proved itself as a template for other deployments,…

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

CBP Brings Biometric Screening to Las Vegas Airport

Las Vegas’ McCarren International Airport (LAS) has become the latest site of the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric airport screening program. The deployment comes just a few weeks after the CBP brought biometric passenger screening to the Chicago O’Hare International Airport. As in that deployment and others, the LAS system will use facial…

TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

TSA PreCheck Comes to Maryland MVAs

A new partnership will allow Maryland residents to sign up for TSA PreCheck at their local Motor Vehicle Administration offices. MorphoTrust and the Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) have announced that IdentoGO services have come to MVA offices in Annapolis, Waldorf, and Salisbury, and that such services will arrive to Frederick,…

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

ACLU Fears Mission Creep, Racial Prejudice in Biometric Airport Screening

The American Civil Liberties Union is laying out its objections to the US government’s increasing use of facial recognition at airports in a new blog post by policy analyst Jay Stanley. Titled “What’s Wrong With Airport Face Recognition”, the post comes in the wake of the Department of Homeland Security’s discussion last week with privacy…

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

CBP Begins Talks with Privacy Advocates on Biometric Border Screening

The US Customs and Border Protection agency met with privacy advocates this week to discuss its expanding program of biometric border screening at US airports. In announcing the talks, the CBP asserted that it held them with the Department of Homeland Security and “representatives from the privacy community”, though it did not name the specific…

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Malaysian Gov’t Considering Biometric Refugee Registration to Counter Islamic State Threat

Authorities in Malaysia are urging the United Nations’ refugee agency to share its data on refugees in the country. As Channel News Asia reports, Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan framed the issue as a security concern pertaining to the Islamic State, with authorities worried that militants have slipped into the country through the UNHCR’s refugee…

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…

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Changi Airport to Host Open House for Biometric Terminal

Administrators at Singapore’s Changi Airport are getting ready to showcase its technologically sophisticated new terminal with an open house scheduled for August 7th to August 20th. Terminal 4, or T4, will be the conduit for the airport’s new Fast and Seamless Travel (FAST) program, which is designed to use biometric identification technology to speed up…

Delta, CLEAR Enable Biometric Boarding for Rewards Members at DCA

Delta, CLEAR Enable Biometric Boarding for Rewards Members at DCA

Delta Air Lines’ biometric experiment at the Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) has entered into its second phase, allowing passengers to replace their boarding passes with a fingerprint scan. It’s an expansion of a trial program first launched a couple of months ago, when Delta announced it was working with biometric screening specialist CLEAR to…

CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition ‘Viable Solution’ for Exit Program

CBP Deploys Biometric Screening at Chicago Airport, Deems Facial Recognition ‘Viable Solution’ for Exit Program

“All of these are based upon an initial trial undertaken at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport last year, and the CBP says more deployments at additional airports are planned for this summer.” The US Customs and Border Protection agency’s biometric exit program continues to expand with a new deployment at the Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).…

Air France-KLM CEO Urges Authorities to Speed Airport Screening with Biometrics

Air France-KLM CEO Urges Authorities to Speed Airport Screening with Biometrics

The CEO of Air France-KLM, an airline serving France and the Netherlands, is urging French authorities to take measures to expedite security screening at the country’s major airports. Speaking to Reuters, Jean-Marc Janaillac said that lines at the Charles de Gaulle and Paris Orly airports’ security screening can be over two hours long. Janaillac said…

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…

Gemalto Offers Further Details on French Biometric Airport Deployments

Gemalto Offers Further Details on French Biometric Airport Deployments

Gemalto is offering further details on its biometric passenger screening projects at the Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports as they start to get underway. The company first announced it had been selected to implement the technology last autumn. The work is getting underway this year, and Gemalto has revealed that it is deploying 87 automated…

TSA PreCheck Reaches Five-Million Mark

TSA PreCheck Reaches Five-Million Mark

“It comes after the implementation of new initiatives to extend the program’s reach, including an expansion into concert and festival screening, and the deployment of a traveling enrollment RV…” OT-Morpho subsidiary MorphoTrust USA has announced that its IdentoGO service has now enrolled five million customers in TSA PreCheck, its biometric pre-screening program for US air…

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japanese Gov’t Preparing Biometric Airport Screening

Japan’s Justice Ministry is preparing new legislation that will pave the way for a biometric entry and exit program for citizens traveling to and from the country’s airports, reports The Japan Times. The system being planned will use facial recognition to match travelers’ live images to those stored in their passports, with the aim being…

Travelers Embracing Self-Service Technologies: SITA Survey

Travelers Embracing Self-Service Technologies: SITA Survey

Self-service systems significantly enhance the passenger experience, suggest results from a new survey from air travel solutions provider SITA. The twelfth edition of the SITA Passenger IT Trends Survey, conducted in partnership with Air Transport World, polled over 7,000 passengers from 17 countries around the world. Passengers who went through biometric screening at airports rated…

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

CTA Argues Against Laptop Ban in Favor of Biometric Scanning

The head of the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) is urging the Department of Homeland Security to consider the use of enhanced biometric scanning and other sophisticated technology to secure flights, rather than implement its proposed ban on laptops and similar electronic devices for flights coming to the US. In a press release, CTA CEO Gary…

CBP Brings Biometric Exit Program to Houston

CBP Brings Biometric Exit Program to Houston

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has brought its biometric exit program to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The system uses facial recognition technology to scan travelers as they board their planes, matching their faces against those compiled from travel documents of registered passengers. The CBP’s aim is to collect the…

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…

CLEAR Biometric Screening Arrives at LAX

CLEAR Biometric Screening Arrives at LAX

The CLEAR biometric passenger screening system has launched at the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), allowing travelers to quickly move through security by undergoing fingerprint or eye scans. Commenting on the deployment, the CEO of LAX municipal operator LAWA, Deborah Flint, lauded the CLEAR system as one that will “help travelers save time.” For CLEAR’s…

Dubai Airport to Use Biometrics and Blockchain for Passive Passenger Screening

Dubai Airport to Use Biometrics and Blockchain for Passive Passenger Screening

Dubai Airport is aiming for a ‘gate-less border’ with a new partnership with ObjectTech. The company has been contracted to establish a passive traveler identification system based on biometrics and blockchain auditing, to which end it will work with Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners’ Affairs (GDRFA). Specifics concerning which biometric modalities will be…

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…

Gemalto Develops Biometric ePassport for East Timor

Gemalto Develops Biometric ePassport for East Timor

Gemalto has developed a new biometric ePassport solution for the government of East Timor, the company has announced. The passport solution allows government officials to register citizens’ fingerprints at designated offices and embassies, and the passports themselves feature embedded microprocessors enabling contactless scanning. In a statement announcing the collaboration, Gemalto suggested that it’s part of…

CBP Launches Biometric Exit Trial for Flights from Dulles to Dubai

CBP Launches Biometric Exit Trial for Flights from Dulles to Dubai

The US Customs and Border Protection agency has announced the deployment of a biometric exit system at Washington Dulles International Airport. The system is based on facial recognition, matching live facial scans to the ID documents submitted by travelers to the participating airline. If the facial scan matches with the biometric data associated with a…

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…

Delta Airlines Prepares to Trial Biometric Boarding with CLEAR

Delta Airlines Prepares to Trial Biometric Boarding with CLEAR

Delta Airlines is moving ahead with its CLEAR partnership with a biometric passenger screening pilot project now underway at the Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). The program allows Delta SkyMiles Members to use their fingerprints for authentication at the Delta Sky Club. Phase two will expand the program to let them use their fingerprints…

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…

News Roundup: Industry Accolades and Fighting Fraud

News Roundup: Industry Accolades and Fighting Fraud

Last week at FindBiometrics our month long investigation into Physical Access Biometrics continued as facial recognition, anti-fraud technology, and industry accolades filled out the headlines. Here is a look back on last week’s top stories in global identity management: Physical Access Biometrics May is Physical Access Biometrics Month and last week that had us taking…

Biometric Screening Eliminates Need for Electronics Ban: APEX

Biometric Screening Eliminates Need for Electronics Ban: APEX

The Department of Homeland Security is considering an expansion of a personal electronics ban beyond the eight Middle Eastern countries currently affected, and the Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX) is pushing back with an argument that biometric screening should be effective enough when it comes to more sophisticated security for flights out of Europe. Speaking…

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…

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