DHS, TSA testing touch-free fingerprint scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can speed up the processing time for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began performing a series of proof-of-concept tests for new fingerprint technology with the help of S&T’s Biometrics Technology Engine and Apex Screening at Speed program. The touch-free scanners, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., allows travelers to use their

Aruba Airport Authority, Vision-Box to further evolve Aruba Happy Flow

Aruba Airport Authority, manager and operator of Queen Beatrix International Airport, and Vision-Box have partnered to further evolve the Aruba Happy Flow biometrics-based passenger processing system. “The Aruba Happy Flow Proof of Concept has exceeded our expectations during these two years, paving the way for a new direction for the airport,” said James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority. “On the other hand, with this new partnership with Vision-Box, we are now very excited to get the opportunity to establish

Dublin Airport to install 20 new Vision-Box biometric eGates this year

Dublin Airport is planning to install 20 of Vision-Box’s biometric ‘eGates’ at both Terminal One and Terminal Two — 10 E-Gates each — before the end of the year, according to a report by The Irish Sun. The move comes a few months after the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) revealed it is looking to increase use of its CCTV cameras to monitor passengers in real time in an effort to improve security and safety. Irish citizens and travelers from other

New immigration bill could increase use of biometric data at border

A new immigration bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which is currently posted on his website, would significantly expand surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and potentially increase the use of biometric data and drones, according to a report by The Hill. Released last week, the bill includes several provisions that would alter the country’s existing border security policy. One of the provisions calls for the implementation of a “biometric exit data system” at the nation’s 15 busiest international airports

CBP rolls out biometric exit technology at Houston, Las Vegas airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has rolled out facial recognition-based biometric exit technology at Houston’s William P. Hobby International and at Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport. The technology will be used at McCarran to screen a daily flight from the U.S. to Guadalajara, Mexico, and for selected flights coming out of Hobby International. CBP has also deployed the biometric exit technology this summer at Dulles International, Bush Intercontinental Airport and O’Hare International Airport. The agency has stated that all

CBP discusses biometric exit program with various privacy groups

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security officials met with representatives from various privacy groups this week to discuss CBP’s biometric exit program, in the first of multiple engagements planned with the privacy rights community. The meeting was intended to address concerns by privacy experts, who believe the use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports may violate specific privacy rights and that Congress has not fully authorized it. Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC), Office of

Sydney Airport considering using biometrics to replace passports

Sydney Airport is considering implementing a plan that would replace the manual inspection of passports and boarding passes with facial recognition for all international travelers departing from Australia, according to a report by Australian Business Traveler. The move comes a few months after Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection unveiled plans to implement a new biometric system at the country’s international airports by 2020, which will include replacing existing paper ID passports with face, iris and/or fingerprint recognition. The

Malaysia asks UNHCR for refugee biometric data

The Malaysian government has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to share its database of approximately 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in the country, which includes their biometric information, according to a report by Channel News Asia. Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan said that the authorities are worried that some Islamic State (IS) militants may have entered Malaysia and obtained a refugee card issued by UNHCR in an effort to move freely within the country.

Vision-Box to supply automated biometric control solution to Australian airports

Vision-Box has won a major tender agreement from the Australian federal government worth around $22.7 million for the provision of automated biometric contactless traveler’ clearance process technology for Australia’s airports, according to a report by ARN. The government valued the three-year contract, which runs from June 26 to June 25, 2020, at $22.5 million, however, tender documents state that the deal is worth $22.7 million. Under the agreement, Vision-Box’s local division will deliver upgraded biometric technology, enabling the Department of

CBP asked to disclose about use of biometrics at U.S. entry and exit points

Privacy rights organization Electronic Privacy Information Center asked a D.C. federal judge to order U.S. Customs and Border Protection to disclose information about its use of biometric information at U.S. entry and exit points, according to a report by Law 360. The Department of Homeland Security has been fast-tracking the system based on President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees. The move comes just a few weeks after EPIC urged the TSA to consider other options for expanding