TSA’s five year strategy plan includes more biometrics

September 8, 2015 - 

The Transportation Security Administration has released an aggressive five-year strategy that includes a potential expansion of the use of biometrics, among other things, to create the “airport of the future”, according to a report by Next Gov.

Written in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the 45-page “Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security” details a foundation “for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of specific mission needs.”

The plan details the agency’s long-term functional improvements over the next 3- to 5-years, which includes the APEX Screen at Speed program, which would implement advanced and quick screening technology, and the use of more biometrics in security procedures.

The expanded use of biometrics could be applied to key capability needs identified by Department of Homeland Security’s preliminary mission need statement for the DHS joint biometrics program.

“TSA can explore more robust applications of biometrics in the operational environment, including streamlined and expedited access control for crew members, and identity verification at the checkpoint for passenger authentication,” the agency writes in the report. “A biometrics solution could be networked to facilitate near-real time exchange of the passengers risk levels once integrated with screening equipment, therefore enabling RBS.”

TSA oversees about 440 federally regulated airports, which include a daily stream of about 1.8 million passengers and 1.2 million checked bags. But over the next 20 years,

With the number of passengers throughout TSA’s 440 federally regulated airports projected to increase by 1.1 billion, TSA technology and procedures will likely need to grow to meet the expanding security needs.

The report mentions the TSA’s plans to devote a “significant portion” of its $3.6 billion security capability acquisition budget to security technologies, according to the report.

In the plan, the TSA states it “envisions a future defined by intelligence-driven, risk-based screening procedures and enhanced technology that will enable TSA to employ a flexible, adaptable and robust multilayered approach to detecting an evolving range of threats”.

The five-year plan builds on the TSA’s May 2014 Strategic Capability Investment Plan, which is expected to be updated every other year.

TSA led the strategic plan’s development with the aid of officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Aviation Security Advisory Committee and other stakeholders.

Previously reported, MorphoTrust USA (Safran) opened 28 new off-airport IdentoGO Centers over the last three months, enabling travellers to enroll in TSA Precheck.

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