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Buenos Aires Airport Deployment Marks Beginning of Bigger Biometric Screening Program in Argentina

Buenos Aires Airport Deployment Marks Beginning of Bigger Biometric Screening Program in Argentina

Argentina’s Buenos Aires Ezeiza International Airport is now using biometric passenger processing thanks to Vision-Box technology. The automated eGates are currently being used to process individuals in possession of an Argentinian passport who are 18 years of age of older and re-entering the country. The eGates use facial and fingerprint scans to match Argentinian adults…

Staples to Offer TSA PreCheck Enrollment Nationwide via IdentoGO

Staples to Offer TSA PreCheck Enrollment Nationwide via IdentoGO

“Staples constantly looks for new ways to help businesses succeed, including making it easy for them to travel. This unique relationship with IdentoGO will let us offer our customers additional products and services that are impactful to their lives.” – Peter Scala, Chief Merchandising Officer, Staples, Inc. It’s about to get a lot easier to sign…

BIOMIG Airport Screening Offers Speed, Convenience, and Security in Colombia

BIOMIG Airport Screening Offers Speed, Convenience, and Security in Colombia

Gemalto is providing further details on its BIOMIG project in Colombia. Commissioned by Migración Colombia, the initiative is being led by Gemalto and its local partner Incomelec SAS, with a technological assist from CMITech. The project revolves around iris recognition, with Colombian citizens aged 12 and up able to enroll their biometrics at any of the…

CBP Invites Texans to Join Global Entry Program

CBP Invites Texans to Join Global Entry Program

The US Customs and Border Protection agency is inviting Texans to sign up for its Global Entry trusted traveler program, with the announcement that it is now offering enrollment services at 11 locations through the state. Citizens can sign up for the program at enrollment centers in Austin, Brownsville, Dallas-Fort Worth, El Paso, Hidalgo, Laredo,…

Orlando Airport Aims to Become First to Fully Implement Biometric Entry/Exit

Orlando Airport Aims to Become First to Fully Implement Biometric Entry/Exit

“In a statement, MCO officials framed the move as one that will improve efficiency and traveler experience, asserting that its biometric initiative with British Airways reduced passenger processing to just 15 minutes per traveler.” The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is aiming to become the first in the country to fully deploy the US Customs and…

Former TSA, American Airlines Exec Joins CLEAR

Former TSA, American Airlines Exec Joins CLEAR

A former American Airlines and TSA executive has now joined CLEAR’s ranks: Howard Kass has been named the organization’s SVP of Corporate Affairs. Kass started working for US Airways in 2003, and was its VP of Legal and Government Affairs when it merged with American Airlines in 2013, at which time he became American Airlines’…

Miami Airport Gets Biometric Concourse for International Arrivals

Miami Airport Gets Biometric Concourse for International Arrivals

A newly opened concourse at Miami International Airport may represent the next phase in the US Customs and Border Protection agency’s expanding biometric border program. The Miami-Dade Aviation Department (MDAD) has announced that the airport’s Concourse E for international arrivals is the first airport concourse in the country to rely exclusively on expedited passport verification…

Acuity Predicts Next Wave of Biometric Border Processing

Acuity Predicts Next Wave of Biometric Border Processing

“The global footprint for biometric-based border automation is expanding as ABC eGates and APC Kiosks have become mainstream and air, land, and sea ports look to increase reliance on these highly successful traveler facilitation solutions.” – Maxine Most, Principal, Acuity Market Intelligence Acuity Market Intelligence is tracking the ascent of automated border control (ABC) and automated…

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…

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…

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