border control

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…

News Roundup: Biometric Smart Cards Are Here

News Roundup: Biometric Smart Cards Are Here

Last week at FindBiometrics biometric smart cards made the biggest headlines thanks to two high profile payment solutions with embedded fingerprint sensors. The news was multimodal on the whole, with face, iris, fingerprint, behavioral, and voice all receiving coverage. Meanwhile, the clock ticked down as we continued to prepare for our upcoming behavioral biometrics webinar.…

Iris ID Radio Talks Canadian Biometric Border Control With FindBiometrics [AUDIO]

Iris ID Radio Talks Canadian Biometric Border Control With FindBiometrics [AUDIO]

A collaboration between Iris ID and IBM recently brought iris recognition biometrics to the Canada US border crossing via the Canadian Border Services Agency’s NEXUS program. The Iris ID Radio podcast interviewed two Canadian travelers familiar with the process—including FindBiometrics president Peter O’Neill—to provide an end user perspective on the experience of border crossings enhanced with…

TMR Report Details Continuing Ascent of Military Biometrics Market

TMR Report Details Continuing Ascent of Military Biometrics Market

Concerns about terrorism continue to drive the military biometrics market, with growing demand from the Asia Pacific region, according to a new report from Transparency Market Research. While concerns about terrorism have been a key market driver for many years, they’re now being exacerbated by mass migration, with several countries “reeling under increased distress over…

INTERVIEW: Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Iris ID

FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill recently spoke with Mohammed Murad, Vice President, Global Sales, Marketing and Business Development, Iris ID. The conversation begins with talk of Iris ID’s presence at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and how iris recognition is gaining a great deal of momentum in mobility, finance, and other popular markets. Talk then turns…

News Roundup: A Week for Behavioral Biometrics, Fingerprints & Anti-Spoofing

News Roundup: A Week for Behavioral Biometrics, Fingerprints & Anti-Spoofing

Last week at FindBiometrics Behavioral Biometrics Month continued as we examined the anti-malware applications of the burgeoning modality. Fingerprints and facial recognition made up the bulk of the industry news, while the headlines were rounded out with stories about national ID, border control, and anti-spoofing innovation. Here is a look back on last week’s top…

Better to Manage Refugees Than Refuse Them: UNHCR

Better to Manage Refugees Than Refuse Them: UNHCR

“It’s an approach that the UNHCR has been working to put into practice around the world, introducing biometric ID programs for refugees in countries like Thailand, South Sudan, and Chad.” It’s better to manage refugees than to refuse them. That’s the argument made by United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Assistant High Commissioner for Protection Volker…

Biometric Screening Arrives at Heathrow Airport

Biometric Screening Arrives at Heathrow Airport

British Airways has announced that it has become the first UK-based airline to offer automated biometric passenger processing. With plans for the biometric eGates having first come to light toward the end of last month, the airline has announced that three of them are now in operation at Heathrow airport, with over 4,000 travelers already…

News Roundup: Biometrics Boom at ISC West 2017

News Roundup: Biometrics Boom at ISC West 2017

Last week at FindBiometrics we reported our ISC West 2017 coverage right from the exhibition floor where we interviewed the big names in biometric access control. Behavioral Biometrics Month kicked off with a primer as we announced the expert panel for our upcoming webinar. And the industry news was otherwise filled with fingerprints, border control,…

Sheriff’s Coalition Votes to Extend Biometric Border Security Along US-Mexico Border

Sheriff’s Coalition Votes to Extend Biometric Border Security Along US-Mexico Border

A coalition of US Sheriffs stationed along the Mexico border has unanimously voted to enhance and expand a biometric border security program. The “I.R.I.S.” program is orchestrated by BI2 Technologies, an organization concerned with the security of the southern border. Now, with the official approval of the Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition, the program will seek funding from…

NZ Authorities Test Family-Focused Biometric Screening Solution at Christchurch Airport

NZ Authorities Test Family-Focused Biometric Screening Solution at Christchurch Airport

“…Safran Identity & Security’s new solution could fill a gap in the market, if its testing at Christchurch Airport proves successful.” New Zealand Customs is testing out a new biometric traveler screening system developed by Safran Identity & Security at Christchurch Airport. The solution is designed to extend automated, biometric traveler screening to kids under…

Canada’s Automated Traveler Screening Program Expands at Vancouver Airport

Canada’s Automated Traveler Screening Program Expands at Vancouver Airport

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) will deploy 90 new biometric kiosks this spring. Dubbed “BorderXpress”, the kiosks are aimed at helping the airport to comply with the Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program, the Canada Border Service Agency’s new effort to expand automated traveler screening in the country. The kiosks will allow users to scan their passports,…

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

Indian Government Explores Aadhaar for Domestic Flights

The Indian government is exploring the idea of linking air travel to Aadhaar, the country’s national biometric ID program. As The Times of India reports, the government has asked Wipro, an India-based IT consultancy, to develop a plan for a project that would allow travelers to book tickets for domestic flights using Aadhaar, and to…

Safran Identity & Security to Show Off Solutions at Milipol Asia-Pacific

Safran Identity & Security to Show Off Solutions at Milipol Asia-Pacific

“Safran Identity & Security is also going to show off its MorphoPass biometric airport screening system, which is set to feature in the Fast and Seamless Travel project at Singapore’s Changi airport…” Safran Identity & Security is aiming to make a strong impression at this week’s Milipol Asia-Pacific security expo in Singapore. The company has…

Biometric Passenger Screening Coming to UK’s Heathrow Airport

Biometric Passenger Screening Coming to UK’s Heathrow Airport

Heathrow Airport and British Airways are preparing to introduce automated passenger processing based on biometric facial recognition. The system will be introduced at Terminal 5 of the airport, with three gates employing the technology to compare live scans of passengers’ faces to those in their passports. Initially, the system will be used for domestic flights,…

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Ottawa Airport Introduces Biometric Screening for Visitors

Starting today, travelers coming to Canada through the Ottawa International Airport will use biometric kiosks to enter the country. The kiosks replace the paper customs forms previously used to process new arrivals to the country. After disembarking, visitors will use the kiosks to enter their details, with the kiosks scanning their faces and comparing the…

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

Speech Recognition Tech to Help German Authorities Identify Origin Countries of Refugees

German officials are planning to use speech recognition technology to help identify the countries of origin of the many migrants applying for refugee status. The Federal Migration Office (BAMF) already employs linguists covering a range of languages, but as of the start of the year faced a backlog of 430,000 refugee applications as the country…

Facial Biometric Screening Coming to Iceland Airport

Facial Biometric Screening Coming to Iceland Airport

Germany-based Secunet has won a contract to deploy its biometric eGates in Iceland’s Keflavik airport, the company has announced. The aim is to improve efficiency in traveler processing, with Keflavik being a popular stopover for flights between North America and Europe. Secunet’s eGates will automatically scan passengers’ electronic passports, comparing the embedded biometric data against live…

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics Evolution

Last week at FindBiometrics Mobile Biometrics Month 2017 continued as innovations in facial recognition dominated the news. We interviewed major industry personalities too, while border control rounded out the headlines and the industry prepared for the upcoming CeBIT and ISC West conferences.   Here is a roundup of last week’s top stories in global identity…

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…

Gemalto and IER Fly Into Biometric Airport Screening Market

Gemalto and IER Fly Into Biometric Airport Screening Market

Gemalto and airport and railway terminal maker IER have announced a new self-service solution for passenger processing. Called Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate, it’s a hardware and software package designed for adaptable deployments to airports. The solution supports self-service kiosk and mobile check-in options, as well as document verification and multimodal biometric scanning including…

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…

Safran Unveils MorphoFACE Biometric Scanner

Safran Unveils MorphoFACE Biometric Scanner

“The company has demonstrated its prowess in this area before, from the similarly named MorphoFace Investigate facial recognition solution for police to the Selfie-Check facial authentication system for mobile devices.” Safran Identity & Security has unveiled MorphoFACE — a new facial biometrics solution for security applications at this year’s Passenger Terminal Expo. The new solution is…

Multimodal Biometric Screening Coming to All Singapore Checkpoints

Multimodal Biometric Screening Coming to All Singapore Checkpoints

Singapore’s Changi Airport is on a course for multi-modal biometric screening, reports The Straits Times. The airport already uses fingerprint-based passenger identification, but will soon introduce facial and iris scanning. Such biometric scans will be enabled through Terminal 4, or “T4”, which is scheduled to open toward the end of this year, and will employ what…

News Roundup: The Launch of Aadhaar Pay

News Roundup: The Launch of Aadhaar Pay

Last week at FindBiometrics we continued to take a deep dive into the evolving world of connectivity and biometrics with our Mobile Biometrics Month 2017 coverage. The industry news was filled with more fingerprint innovation as we posted our recent interview with FPC CEO Christian Fredrikson, and the week’s headlines were rounded out with the…

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…

CBP Lays Out Biometric Entry-Exit Program Plan

CBP Lays Out Biometric Entry-Exit Program Plan

The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is ready to move ahead with the development of a Biometric Entry-Exit Program of Record, reaching out to industry in a Special Notice via the US General Services Administration. It’s the next step after tests involving one-to-one facial matching, mobile biometrics collection, outdoor facial and iris scanning,…

Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

Biometric Airport Screening Program Takes Shape in Canada

The Canada Border Services Agency has launched a new automated traveler screening program based on facial recognition, according to a CBC report. Dubbed the Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program, it’s starting to take shape as international airports in Ottawa, Toronto, and Quebec City pave the way with requests for tender. In the case of Toronto’s…

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Month & HIMSS 2017

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Month & HIMSS 2017

Last week at FindBiometrics our Healthcare Biometrics Month coverage continued as we prepared for this week’s HIMSS conference in Orlando, Florida. The industry news was filled with big contactless modality news too, while we saw innovations in IoT ID and biometric border control. Here’s a look back on all of last week’s top stories in…

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

EU Funds Cutting-Edge Biometric Border Screening Technologies

The European Union is funding cutting-edge biometric screening projects that could reduce friction and wait times at the border while enhancing security, reports Horizon. One is MOBILEPASS, a project headed by the Austrian Institute of Technology, which has developed a handheld device that can scan faces and fingerprints using a built-in camera, comparing data obtained…

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…

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

News Roundup: Aadhaar Versus Fraud

Last week at FindBiometrics Healthcare Biometrics Month continued as we took a look at how strong authentication and identity management can be applied outside of the realm of patient ID. The industry news, meanwhile, was filled with border control, FinTech, and automotive biometrics, while India’s government made moves to address Aadhaar fraud. Here is a look…

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

China to Begin Fingerprinting Visitors This Week

The Chinese government has announced that it will begin fingerprint foreign visitors this Friday. Diplomats and individuals visiting from countries with which China has special travel agreements will be exempt from the new requirement, which will otherwise apply to everyone between the ages of 14 and 70. The border screening effort will begin in Shenzhen…

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…

APC, ABC eGate Tech to Bring Revenues of $1B+ by 2020: Acuity

APC, ABC eGate Tech to Bring Revenues of $1B+ by 2020: Acuity

“Acuity predicts that growth [in the APC Kiosk market] will once again pick up steam over the next couple of years as the technology expands in Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.” “As the Trump administration doubles down on immigration restrictions and promises of ‘extreme vetting,’ the reality is that biometrics are used…

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

News Roundup: Healthcare Biometrics Takes The Spotlight

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought our 14th Annual Year in Review to a close before kicking off Healthcare Biometrics Month 2017. Major news broke as a leading fingerprint sensor company made moves to expand into multimodality, and FinTech, border control, and government applications rounded out the headlines. Here is a look back on last…

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