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CLEAR Network Extends to Phoenix

CLEAR Network Extends to Phoenix

“Phoenix Sky International Airport has become the 25th airport in the US to support CLEAR…” CLEAR‘s biometric passenger screening system has landed in Phoenix, Arizona. Registered passengers at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport can now proceed through PHX Terminal 4 faster than ever, with CLEAR allowing them to confirm their identities through a simple…

Vancouver Airport’s Biometric Kiosk Solution Flies to Europe

Vancouver Airport’s Biometric Kiosk Solution Flies to Europe

“Developed by YVR’s independent business unit, Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), it’s designed to let travelers perform their own passenger processing at automated kiosks.” Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is exporting its biometric kiosk technology to Europe, with Cyprus’s Pafos International Airport and Larnaka International Airport both taking advantage of BorderXpress. The solution was first implemented at…

Sydney Airport, Qantas Begin Biometric Boarding Trial

Sydney Airport, Qantas Begin Biometric Boarding Trial

Sydney Airport and Qantas’s trial of facial recognition technology for passengers is now underway. First announced this past February, the program is meant to allow travelers to board their flights without presenting physical documentation: Instead, their faces would be scanned and matched the flight manifest, with automated terminals allowing them entry to the boarding area.…

Vision-Box Officially Arrives in India

Vision-Box Officially Arrives in India

Vision-Box is now open for business in India, with its new New Delhi office having officially opened last week. First announced in early June, the office is intended to help the Portugal-based company target opportunities for its biometric air travel solutions in the Indian market, where biometric services are increasingly prominent thanks to its Aadhaar…

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian Authorities Prepare for Biometric Border Screening Expansion

Canadian immigration authorities are preparing for an administrative challenge as the country expands its biometric screening program, announcing that they will open new registration centers to accommodate heightened demand. The expansion is set to begin on July 31st, when visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa will be required to provide biometric data –…

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

Nigerian Officials Registering Foreigners’ Biometrics

“The collection of biometric data is a common practice for government authorities in Nigeria…” Nigeria’s federal government is using biometrics to monitor foreigners in the country. As AllAfrica reports, the revelation came by way of Minister of Interior Lt. Gen. AbdulRahman Danbazau at a panel discussion held during the opening of the International Press Institute…

Huawei Unveils Enhanced Airport ICT Solution at CEBIT 2018

Huawei Unveils Enhanced Airport ICT Solution at CEBIT 2018

Huawei has retooled its airport ICT solution and is showcasing it at this week’s CEBIT 2018 exhibition in Germany. Dubbed Smart Airport 2.0, the solution focuses on linking video surveillance, data analytics, artificial intelligence, and the Internet of Things to improve efficiency at airports. As Huawei explains it, the advantages of this platform are manifold…

US-Backed NGO Project Enhances Biometric Border Screening in Mogadishu

US-Backed NGO Project Enhances Biometric Border Screening in Mogadishu

New fingerprint scanning terminals at two critical points of entry in Mogadishu could help to thwart international criminals and terrorists trying to elude authorities through Somalia. The terminals were installed by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), a United Nations-affiliated intergovernmental organization, with support from the US Department of State. Deployed at Mogadishu’s Aden Abdulle…

SITA to Provide Tech for First Full Biometric Exit Airport Program

SITA to Provide Tech for First Full Biometric Exit Airport Program

“The program is aimed at biometrically tracking everyone who enters and leaves the United States.” Orlando airport authorities are sticking with SITA as their key technology partner as they pursue a comprehensive biometric exit program. And to that end, SITA says it plans to fully implement biometric boarding at the Orlando International Airport (MCO) by…

Biometric Airport Gates Go Live in Japan

Biometric Airport Gates Go Live in Japan

“Authorities have been trialing this biometric eGate technology at the Tokyo International Airport since October, and further deployments are planned for the Chubu Centrair International Airport, Kansai International Airport, and Fukuoka Airport.” Biometric eGates went into operation today at Japan’s Narita airport. The eGates’ functionality revolves around facial recognition, with technology from Panasonic being used…

Vision-Box Sees Aadhaar Opportunities with New Delhi Office

Vision-Box Sees Aadhaar Opportunities with New Delhi Office

Vision-Box will open a new office in India at the end of this month, the company has announced. The office will be located in the Jor Bagh neighbourhood of New Delhi. In a statement announcing the plans, Vision-Box noted that India accounts for over 17 percent of the global population, and that India will be…

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

Biometric Border Trial to Scan Faces Through Cars at Mexican Border

US border authorities are planning to launch a biometric border system at the Anazlduas checkpoint in Mexico that will scan the faces of drivers as they enter the country. Called the Vehicle Face System, it is in part a product of research conducted at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory last year which involved the development…

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada to Dramatically Expand Biometric Border Screening This Year

Canada’s biometric border screening program is going to expand dramatically this year with new requirements applying to visitors from Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Currently, Canadian border authorities collect biometric data including fingerprints from refugees, asylum claimants, and visa applicants coming from 30 ‘high risk’ countries of origin. But starting July 31st, the program…

Biometrics to Help Drive $4.63B in Airport IT Spending by 2023: Report

Biometrics to Help Drive $4.63B in Airport IT Spending by 2023: Report

The global airport industry increasingly looking to IT solutions to help drive and facilitate growth, with innovative technologies like biometrics being key to those efforts, suggests a new Frost & Sullivan report. Entitled “Digital Transformation in Airports”, the report predicts that by 2023, airport IT spending will reach $4.63 billion, driven largely by growth in…

Travel, Air Transport Industry Alliances Team Up to Promote Biometric Passenger Processing

Travel, Air Transport Industry Alliances Team Up to Promote Biometric Passenger Processing

The air travel industry’s trend toward biometric technology is poised to pick up altitude with the announcement that the World Travel & Tourism Council has partnered with the International Air Transport Association to pursue biometric passenger identity solutions. For the WTTC, the partnership appears to be a natural next step as it continues to proselytize…

Canadian Immigration Minister Proposes Biometric Tracking of Refugee Claimants

Canadian Immigration Minister Proposes Biometric Tracking of Refugee Claimants

Canada’s Immigration Minister, Ahmed Hussen, is proposing the use of biometric identification to his American counterparts as a means of better managing refugee claims between the countries. It’s part of an effort to modernize their Safe Third Country Agreement. The aim is to stop refugees from claiming their status in Canada even if they first…

Researchers Say Gait Recognition System Offers 99.3% Accuracy

Researchers Say Gait Recognition System Offers 99.3% Accuracy

Researchers at the University of Manchester are proposing the use of gait recognition in airport screening. As detailed in a recent report in the IEEE Transactions on Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence (TPAMI) journal, the researchers, led by The University of Manchester’s Dr. Omar Costilla Reyes, developed a system that can operate through floor sensors,…

WTTC Head Urges Transport Ministers to Embrace Biometrics

WTTC Head Urges Transport Ministers to Embrace Biometrics

This year’s International Transport Forum Summit was held in Leipzig last week, and the head of the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) took the opportunity to once again call for an embrace of biometric technologies for traveler processing. While governments around the world are increasingly looking to such technologies as a means of improving…

Gatwick Airport to Launch End-to-End Biometric Processing System

Gatwick Airport to Launch End-to-End Biometric Processing System

“The companies anticipate the participation of about 10,000 passengers, who will have the opportunity to enjoy expedited, automated airport screening via facial recognition and document reading technologies…” Gatwick Airport is getting ready to launch what it calls an end-to-end biometrics program that will enable travelers to use self-service luggage deposits as well as automated eGates…

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