U.S. planning to expand use of biometrics in immigration system

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is attempting to establish its authority to use iris, voice, and other biometric ID capabilities for a range of applications, including its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS), FCW reports. USCIS chief of biometrics strategy Paul Hunter said the agency expects formal rules on its use of iris, voice, and rapid DNA identification to be in place by March 2019, due to an expedited process. Immigration officials could begin taking voice prints, in addition to fingerprints,

Use of automated border control kiosks increases by 71 percent CAGR over four years

The number of digital identification and biometrics-based border control kiosks in use has increased by 71 percent CAGR over the last four years to 2283 kiosks deployed across 71 installations in 59 global ports of entry, according to the latest report by Acuity Market Intelligence. The tally includes Automated Border Control (ABC) Kiosks, Automated Passport Control (APC) Kiosks, and Primary Inspection Kiosks (PIK) at international airports and cruise terminals. “As airports and other ports of entry struggle to keep up

Biometric exit program could extend to all major U.S. airports in four years

Biometric exit technology could be installed in all major airports across the U.S. within four years, Acting Customs and Border Commissioner Kevin McAleenan told a Senate Finance Committee panel, FCW reports. “Beginning in early 2018, CBP is working to fully scale out air biometric exit and will spend 2018 working with stakeholders to get commitment to deploy biometric exit technology,” McAleenan said. CBP deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said earlier this year that the agency was “out of time”

IDEMIA provides biometrics-based passenger processing system at Changi Airport

IDEMIA (formerly known as OT-Morpho) has deployed a complete passenger processing biometric system at the newly opened Terminal 4 at Changi Airport in Singapore. Changi Airport originally selected IDEMIA in September 2015 to provide biometric identification and authentication services as passengers pass through the airport’s terminal. The solution is based on IDEMIA’s MorphoPass Airport Solution which provides automated passenger ID checks using facial recognition at all departure control points. The system includes a centralized platform used by airlines and the

Biometric passports for Costa Rica citizens by 2020

A government official has confirmed that Costa Rica will issue citizens ePassports by 2020 and that the project will soon be put up for open tender, according to a report in The Costa Rica Star. Gisella Yockchen, director of the General Migration Direction, said the total project has an estimated cost of $25 million, and consists of three four-month stages from the moment the tender is finalized. The first stage involves the purchase of an automated fingerprint identification sytem (AFIS)

IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean complete biometric verification trial with CPB

IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho, and Royal Caribbean Cruises have completed a public-private partnership trial with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to verify passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to secure and expedite passenger processing at U.S. sea-ports of entry. The “Sea Re-entry” trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of

EFF says TSA facial recognition proposal part of dangerous overreach

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has issued a “call to action” over a proposal by the U.S. Transportation Safety Authority (TSA) to collect facial images and iris scans under the PreCheck application program, which the EFF says paves the way for “a massive violation of privacy” by the Department of Homeland Security. As previously reported, the TSA ran a pilot project over the summer to evaluate the use of fingerprints by travellers as a boarding pass and identity document at

SITA showcases biometrics, AI tech at FTE Asia

SITA showcased its technology for airlines and airports at this week’s Future Travel Experience Asia 2017 in Singapore. Biometrics, artificial intelligence, mixed reality, and robotics underpin SITA’s solutions for the airport of the future. Technology discussed and demonstrated included SITA Smart Path, a biometrics-based “walkthrough experience” allows passengers to make their way through checkpoints at an airport by simply looking into a camera. “Biometrics offers the opportunity for a secure and seamless experience,” explained Sumesh Patel, SITA President, Asia Pacific.

Vision-Box demos Seamless Airport 4.0 at FTE Asia

Vision-Box will host a demonstration of its Seamless Airport 4.0 ecosystem this week in Singapore at Future Travel Experience Asia 2017. The Seamless Airport 4.0 introduces a traveler-centric ecosystem into the airport environment through automation, biometrics, personalized self-service, real-time data analysis, and smart connectivity. The solution also features Vision-Box’s Mobile ID technology, which allows passengers to securely store biographic and biometric data in their mobile devices. Using a selfie, travelers can take advantage of the self-processing operation and with a

Airport Authority Hong Kong investing in biometrics and big data to improve efficiency

Airport Authority Hong Kong (AAHK) will be investing in several technologies including biometrics and big data at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) to improve efficiency across the airport, according to a report by Future Travel Experience. Andy Bien, chief information officer of AAHK, said that he and his team are focusing on biometrics projects. “First of all, we want to trial eGates, following the IATA seamless travel initiative,” Bien said. “We’re studying the use of the face as a token