border control

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…

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