March 26, 2013 -
CLEAR has announced that its CLEAR kiosks have been used over 1 million times in airports, and according to the company, have saved members over 30 million minutes in wait times.
“This is an exciting milestone for CLEAR and for our members,” CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman-Becker said. “CLEAR is to airports what the ATM is to banks: a quick, predictable, and secure experience. Our goal is to help people live, work and travel smarter, while continuing to enhance homeland security. We’re constantly working towards new ways to modernize the travel experience, and we are incredibly grateful to our members and partners for helping us reach the millionth mark.”
CLEAR is a system for clearing airport security which relies on pre-registration and either fingerprint or iris biometrics for identity verification. CLEAR is certified by the Department of Homeland Security as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology and is supported at many American airports.
“We estimate that CLEAR members have saved over 30 million minutes that would have been spent waiting in line at airport security,” Allison Romano, Director of Member Services said. “The predictability of CLEAR is crucial for our members. Since 42% of members travel at least once per month, 15% travel once per week, and 50% travel during peak hours, CLEAR has a significant impact on their travel experience. That means more time living and less time waiting.”
Reported in BiometricUpdate.com, the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam also celebrated the one million passenger milestone recently for its eGate system. The gates at the Schiphol airport were made by Vision-Box, a Portuguese company specializing in automated border control systems and have also recently installed self-service gates at Riga International in Latvia.
According to a report in Venturebeat, mismanagement, a bloated cost structure and high debt forced the company to shut down in 2009. After being bought by a group of investors in 2010, the company was re-launched in 2012.