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DHS Expands Biometric Testing at Airports

DHS Expands Biometric Testing at Airports

The US Customs and Border Protection agency, a division of the Department of Homeland Security, is testing out biometric screening on travelers heading out of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Selected travelers will be asked to submit their fingerprint biometrics as they prepare to depart. It’s essentially a pilot test of the biometric screening system,…

NEC to Provide Facial Recognition at 14 Brazilian Airports

NEC to Provide Facial Recognition at 14 Brazilian Airports

NEC Corporation has won a major contract to deploy biometric technology at 14 international airports in Brazil. Having been selected by Receita Federal, Brazil’s National Tax Collection Agency, the company will install its NeoFace Watch system at such prominent airports as the Antônio Carlos Jobim International Airport (Galeão Airport) in Rio de Janeiro and the Governador André…

Singapore Changi Airport Gets FAST Biometric Screening

Singapore Changi Airport Gets FAST Biometric Screening

Administrators believe the automation will not only improve the passenger experience but will help them cut down on costs by as much as 40 percent. A new terminal at a major Singapore airport is going to use facial recognition technology to fast-track passenger screening. Singapore Changi’s Terminal 4, or T4, is slated to open in…

UN’s Biometric Refugee ID Rollout Starts in Thailand

UN’s Biometric Refugee ID Rollout Starts in Thailand

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has completed its rollout of a biometric identification system for refugees in Thailand. The system has now provided identification for almost 110,000 refugees, including many from Myanmar. The project was undertaken with the cooperation of the Royal Thai Government as well as NGOs supporting the UNHCR, and…

India Sticks with Biometric Screening for Visa Applicants

India Sticks with Biometric Screening for Visa Applicants

India’s Home Ministry is going to keep collecting tourists’ biometrics when they apply for visas, and not reduce the practice to be applied only upon tourists’ arrival at the country, as the External Affairs Ministry had requested. Echoing concerns from the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of External Affairs had cautioned that the Immigration, Visa…

Thales Airport Solution Has Robot Check Biometrics

Thales Airport Solution Has Robot Check Biometrics

New technology demonstrated at last week’s Paris Air Show could drastically automate passenger processing at airports. Developed by French industrial engineering group Thales, the technology is essentially a robot that would screen and check-in air travel passengers. The machine is able to use biometric technology to scan the faces on passports as well as the…

CBP Takes Cautious Privacy Approach in Airport Screening

CBP Takes Cautious Privacy Approach in Airport Screening

The US government went to considerable lengths to minimize privacy concerns as it tested out a biometric airport screening program at the Dulles International Airport. Run by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) department, working in conjunction with private contractor Unisys, the system was run through a pilot testing phase that…

Business is Booming in the APC Kiosk Market: Acuity

Business is Booming in the APC Kiosk Market: Acuity

Business is booming in the automated passport control (APC) kiosk market, according to Acuity Market Intelligence. In a new report, the market research firm calls it the fastest-growing segment of the ABC (automated border control) market. Looking at the last two years, Acuity notes that APC kiosks have been deployed in 37 different airports, with…

Testing Phase for Dulles Biometric Screening Concludes

Testing Phase for Dulles Biometric Screening Concludes

The initial testing phase of a biometric passenger screening system at the Dulles International Airport in Virginia has come to a close. Led by Unisys Corporation, the testing phase marked the start of a project contracted by the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) department. The system revolves around facial recognition. Travelers…

New Morpho eGates Coming to Marseille Provence Airport

New Morpho eGates Coming to Marseille Provence Airport

Some new eGate technology is coming to the Marseille Provence Airport (AMP), care of Morpho (Safran). The company will provide the very busy airport with two new PARAFE 2 eGates. The eGates use fingerprint scanning technology to authenticate passengers, and will also have facial recognition capabilities, pending approval by French legislators. The eGates will complement…

Biometrics Helps to Drive Self-Service Tech Market Growth

Biometrics Helps to Drive Self-Service Tech Market Growth

Biometric technology is helping to drive forward a major expansion of the self-service technology market, according to a new report from Allied Market Research. Entitled “Global Self-Service Technology Market (ATM Machines, Kiosk Machines, Vending Machines and Geography) – Size, Share, Industry Analysis Trends, Opportunities Growth Segmentation and Forecast, 2014 – 2020”, the report predicts annual…

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

Canadian Gov’t Seeks to Expand Biometric Screening

The Canadian government is seeking to expand the collection of visitors’ biometric data, and it’s raising some concerns about privacy. The changes have been introduced into a new omnibus budget bill. The government already takes face and fingerprint data for visitors from a number of countries. It also uses ePassports, has employed facial recognition technology…

PreCheck Convenience Offers Relief from Frustrations of Golf

PreCheck Convenience Offers Relief from Frustrations of Golf

MorphoTrust USA’s IdentoGO is hosting another sign-up event for the TSA PreCheck program. The company will be setting up a sign-up center at the PGA Constellation Senior Players Championship. TSA PreCheck is a program aiming to fast-track travelers through security screening at airports via biometric identification. Interested individuals enroll in advance in a process involving the…

DHS Tests Biometric Border Screening

DHS Tests Biometric Border Screening

America’s border control agency is testing out a new biometric screening system at the Washington Dulles International Airport, and it’s raising concerns about privacy. It’s the work of the Department of Homeland Security‘s U.S. Customs and Border Protection department. The biometric system relies on facial recognition technology, matching passengers’ faces to the images on their…

News Roundup: DOCOMO and FIDO Break the Password

News Roundup: DOCOMO and FIDO Break the Password

Last week at FindBiometrics we brought Time & Attendance Month to a close with that look at the technologies that are putting biometrics in front of end user on a daily basis. In the industry news section the big headlines were in the mobile sphere, while commerce, fingerprints and contactless modalities rounded out the week’s…

Lisbon International Airport Pilots Biometric Screening

Lisbon International Airport Pilots Biometric Screening

The Lisbon International Airport is going to be the first to pilot a European Commission program to test advanced biometric border control. The Smart Borders program is meant to improve the migration process for Third Country Nationals in the Shengen Area. The first trial is using Vision-Box technology in Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates to…

News Roundup:Innovation and the Multimodal Future

News Roundup:Innovation and the Multimodal Future

Last week at FindBiometrics, while we continued to talk Time & Attendance in the featured articles section, the conversation in the news was focused on fingerprint scanning, border control and the multimodal future of the industry. Here are all the top stories you need to be prepared for what’s coming this week. Fingerprint Sensors and…

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian Police Take More Steps Toward Biometric Borders

Australian law enforcement authorities are working together to put together to set up a national face biometrics database for border security, according to an iTnews article by Paris Cowan. Police ministers and Attorneys-General gathered in Canberra to hammer out a coordinated plan for the project. It’s just in a preliminary stage at the moment. According…

Ben-Gurion Airport Expands Biometric Kiosks

Ben-Gurion Airport Expands Biometric Kiosks

Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport is expanding its biometric screening capabilities, according to an Arutz Sheva 7 article by Tova Dvorin. Having ran a successful pilot project using four biometric eGates, the airport has now added 17 more stations. Like so many other eGate systems around the world, Ben-Gurion’s was implemented both to improve security and travelers’…

IBIA Warns Against TSA PreCheck Changes

IBIA Warns Against TSA PreCheck Changes

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is revising its approach to its PreCheck program, and according to the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA), the changes under consideration would be changes for the worse. Essentially, the TSA appears to be considering moving away from its reliance on biometrics for PreCheck, which aims to securely expedite travelers through…

Cairo Int’l Airport Implements Biometric Screening

Cairo Int’l Airport Implements Biometric Screening

Egypt’s Cairo International Airport has started using a biometric passenger screening system, according to an article in The Cairo Post. The system was set in motion at an inaugural ceremony attended by Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab along with other government officials. It uses facial recognition to identify travelers, matching the biometric data against their…

Australians Warm to Security Measures After Terror-Related Incidents

Australians Warm to Security Measures After Terror-Related Incidents

A new study has found that Australians are willing to make significant sacrifices in terms of their privacy and movements in exchange for greater security, according to an InDaily article by Bension Siebert. The study is based on two surveys conducted by UniSA’s Institute of Choice in the wake of two major security incidents last…

Securiport Becomes INTERPOL World Strategic Partner

Securiport Becomes INTERPOL World Strategic Partner

Biometric gate-screening specialist Securiport has announced that it’s now an INTERPOL World Strategic Partner. As such, the company has participated in a panel discussion at the inaugural INTERPOL World 2015 biennial conference. The new security event is meant to gather together leaders from government and major international organizations so that they can work together to…

Nashville Band Signs Up for PreCheck at IdentoGO Party

Nashville Band Signs Up for PreCheck at IdentoGO Party

TSA PreCheck recently saw its millionth enrollment, and continues to open IdentoGO enrollment centers across the country for interested travelers. MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO hosted an open house at its Nashville office today in an effort to promote the TSA PreCheck program. As the company had promised, there was food and fun to be had, in addition…

Australia To Deploy 92 More Biometric eGates

Australia To Deploy 92 More Biometric eGates

Australia is expanding the number of biometric eGates at its airports and switching technology vendors, according to an iTnews article by Paris Cowan. While Morpho (Safran) has already installed 61 eGates as part of a $53 million deal, 92 more will be installed by Vision-Box. Peter Dutton, Australia’s Immigration Minister, pointed to spectre of terrorism…

IdentoGO Hosts Open House Party for TSA PreCheck

IdentoGO Hosts Open House Party for TSA PreCheck

MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO is hosting an open house at its Nashville office, inviting members of the public to come and enroll in TSA PreCheck. The event will feature live music, food including a free lunch for the first 50 guests, and passport photo services. The company’s TSA PreCheck program is, of course, the plane passenger fast-tracking initiative undertaken…

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

Debate Continues Over Biometric Border Security in Australia

In considering a bill that would expand authorities’ powers to collect biometric data, the Law Council of Australia is asking that the country’s Privacy Commissioner be allowed to assess it before it can be passed, according to a Computerworld article by Rohan Pearce. The Migration Amendment (Strengthening Biometrics Integrity) Bill 2015 is intended to broaden…

Iris ID Joins Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program

Iris ID Joins Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program

Today, Iris ID Systems announced that it has received Lenel factory certification and, in turn, has joined the Lenel OpenAccess Alliance Program (OAAP). The partnership will make Iris ID’s iCAM biometric solutions more accessible to customers thanks to the benefits offered through Lenel’s OnGuard access control system. Because of the certification, the IrisAccess Import add-on service…

MIA Expands Use of Biometric Kiosks

MIA Expands Use of Biometric Kiosks

Miami International Airport is expanding its use of automated biometric kiosks. The airport has ordered 44 more automated passport control (APC) kiosks from SITA, a border control technology provider. The new kiosks will bring the MIA’s total to 80, and, like the originals, are US Custom and Border Protection (CBP) certified. They use a combination of…

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics, Law and Borders

News Roundup: Mobile Biometrics, Law and Borders

This week at FindBiometrics we brought Mobile Month to a close with a roundup of March’s feature article festivities. The industry news section continued to be filled with mobile biometric news though, as we also reported on new developments in access control, the state of the global markets and identity management deployments in law enforcement…

CLEAR Biometric Screening Coming to BWI Airport

CLEAR Biometric Screening Coming to BWI Airport

Biometric screening for passengers is coming to BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport in Maryland, according to a Baltimore Sun article by Kevin Rector. The technology will be provided by CLEAR, a New York-based biometrics company. It’s part of the TSA’s Pre-Check program, which is meant to speed up the passenger screening process while maintaining a high…

MorphoTrust Celebrates One Million PreCheck Enrollments

MorphoTrust Celebrates One Million PreCheck Enrollments

Today, MorphoTrust USA (Safran) announced that it has enrolled over one million Americans in the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA’s) traveler screening program, PreCheck. MorphoTrust is the exclusive provider of biometric enrollment services for the TSA PreCheck program, and the one million mark is a major milestone for the company and the border control initiative. According…

Pre-Clearance Program May Come to Canada-US Borders

Pre-Clearance Program May Come to Canada-US Borders

Canadian and US officials have agreed on a tentative plan to implement a ‘pre-clearance’ border crossing system for train passengers, truckers, and other drivers, according to a Toronto Star article by Daniel Dale. The agreement, if approved by US legislators, would ease the flow of traffic between the two countries, which has been clogged since…

News Roundup: Irises and Access Control

News Roundup: Irises and Access Control

This week at FindBiometrics the industry news was dominated by iris recognition and access control. In addition to those topics though, we heard about behavioral biometrics, law enforcement and border control. Here are the top biometrics industry news stories from the past week. Iris Biometrics A new report from TechNavio is painting a bright future…

UAE Airports Get Multimodal Security

UAE Airports Get Multimodal Security

The United Arab Emirates’ Ministry of Interior has announced the launch of a biometric screening system in the country’s airports, according to an article by Caline Malek in Abu Dhabi’s The National. The project is being touted as an improvement in both security and traveler convenience. The multimodal security system will scan eyes, faces, and…

Biometric Entry and Exit To Get Stage Time

Biometric Entry and Exit To Get Stage Time

The US Defense Strategies Institute will be hosting an Identity Management Symposium in late April, and has announced that an important speaker has signed on for the event. Michael Hardin is the Deputy Director of the US Customs and Border Protection‘s Biometric Entry and Exit program, and will be speaking on the progress of that initiative. It’s…

Morpho Biometrics Help Secure Lithuanian Borders

Morpho Biometrics Help Secure Lithuanian Borders

Morpho (Safran) has won a contract to supply the Lithuanian government with fingerprint scanners. Commissioned by the Information Technology and Communications Department to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the 145 MorphoTOP scanners will be used to process visa requests. Essentially, what this means is that everyone requesting a visa will have to submit their fingerprints for…

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Preparing For MWC

Biometrics Industry News Roundup: Preparing For MWC

This past week at FindBiometrics we brought Voice Month to a close with a look back on our February festivities. In the industry news section voice recognition was still making headlines, fingerprints (especially Touch ID) were all over the place, and mobility remained a prominent topic as eyes turn to Barcelona for next week’s Mobile…

Canadian Borders Get Biometric Upgrade From Iris ID

Canadian Borders Get Biometric Upgrade From Iris ID

Today, Iris ID (formerly the Iris Technology Division of LG Electronics) and IBM announced that their collaboration has led to iris recognition biometrics being used by the Canada Border Services Agency’s NEXUS program. Thanks to the biometric integration, the travelers moving between Canada and the United States via eight international airports, 19 land border crossings and…

India’s New Biometric Visa Requirements May Deter Visitors

India’s New Biometric Visa Requirements May Deter Visitors

India has established new regulations requiring British visitors to submit biometric information for their visa applications, according to a Telegraph article by Natalie Paris. The requirement is causing a bit of a backlash in Britain, with the Association of British Travel Agents lodging a formal complaint. The new requirement appears to be part of the…

TSA’s PreCheck Expansion Stalled By Privacy Concerns

TSA’s PreCheck Expansion Stalled By Privacy Concerns

In December 2014, the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued a request for proposals to private companies in an effort to expand its PreCheck advanced air passenger screening initiative. According to a recent Federal Times article by Amber Corrin, said proposal request was withdrawn earlier this month after privacy concerns had been leveled at areas…

Multiple Biometric Modalities to Protect UAE Borders Thanks To New Morpho Contract

Multiple Biometric Modalities to Protect UAE Borders Thanks To New Morpho Contract

The United Arab Emirates will soon see its border security bolstered thanks to a new contract that will see Morpho (Safran) providing fingerprint, voice and face recognition technology through an e-Border project. Morpho received the contract (which was awarded through the UAE Ministry of Interior) through eIMASS. The project will see the implementation of a…

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

Year in Review 2014: The Most Important Biometrics News

The end of January is here and it’s time to bring the 12th annual FindBiometrics Year in Review to a close. Over the past weeks we have dissected and discussed the results of our largest survey ever, which saw over 150 professionals and experts from the identity management industry weighing in on the state of…

Facial Recognition Tech Used in Effort to Thwart Killer’s Passport Fraud

Facial Recognition Tech Used in Effort to Thwart Killer’s Passport Fraud

Facial recognition technology was used to aid law enforcement authorities in tracking down convicted murderer Phillip John Smith, according to an article by Paloma Migone on Radio New Zealand’s website. The biometric technology was used to determine the extent of the individual’s passport fraud. It appears that despite his conviction, Smith was able to fraudulently…

New Report Predicts 30 Percent Growth in Global ePassport Market

New Report Predicts 30 Percent Growth in Global ePassport Market

The market-savvy researchers at Research and Markets have released a new report on the global electronic passport and visa market, and they predict that it’s set to grow at a rate of 30.17 percent (CAGR) between 2014 and 2019. Biometrics technology is, of course, an increasingly important component of such documents, and the researchers point…

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