Britain accepting passport photos captured on phones to simplify facial recognition matching

Britain’s passport office said it will now accept photos taken on mobile phones when British applicants renew their passports online, according to a report by The Economist. Those individuals applying for their first passport will still be required to have hard copy photos countersigned by a professional acquaintance to verify their identity. However, “selfies” are prohibited as all photos must be taken from a distance of 1.5 meter (4.9 feet). The new feature is a part of developing Home Office

Biometrics to replace passports at Australian airports

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced 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, according to a report by The Sydney Morning Herald. Budgeted to cost $94 million over five years, the Seamless Traveler system aims to make the airport process more efficient by enabling 90% of arrivals to automatically pass unmanned electronic stations at some time between

Sint Maarten Airport adds Vision-Box biometric ABC e-gate solution

A joint initiative of Princess Juliana International Airport N.V., Immigration and Border Protection Services, the Police Force of Sint Maarten (KPSM) and Vision-Box to reinvent and modernize the airport has entered phase two with the launch of Vision-Box biometric Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates. The vb i-match ABC eGates join the already existing vb i-match security checkpoint eGates installed in the first phase of the project and together, streamline the identification processes for departing passengers, when entering airside and clearing

Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

Bahamas government to intro new biometric passport this month

Bahamas’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration announced earlier this week that the government will introduce a new series of biometric passports at the end of the month, according to a report by Tribune 242. According to the Bahamas High Commission website, the new Bahamas electronic passport securely stores biographical information and a digital image that is identical to the holder’s facial photo displayed in the passport. The ePassport is embedded with contactless chip technology which allows the stored information

Biometrics, AI, wearables can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences

In a new article, Future Travel Experience highlighted several new and emerging technologies including biometrics, AI, blockchain, wearables, and the Internet of Things (IoT) that can help airlines and airports improve customer experiences. Biometrics is one of the leading technologies being tested and implemented by airports and airlines, including the use of biometric-enabled single passenger tokens, as well as fingerprint, iris, and facial recognition. FTE highlights Air New Zealand’s introduction of the biometric-enabled bag drop, Alaska Airlines’ biometric boarding passes

Canada Border Services Agency’s use of facial recognition flags man with two identities

A Pakistan-born employee at an Alberta, Canada restaurant has been ordered to leave Canada after the Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) facial recognition software analyzed his driver’s license photo and determined he is an entirely different person, according to a report by National Post. Farhan Mahmood, 38, contends that he is caught in an unusual circumstance where he and another man, Muhammad Irfan, 39, share the same face. However, CBSA said that its biometric technology detected a man who is

Safran Identity & Security installs biometric egates at Christchurch airport

Through its subsidiary Morpho Australasia, Safran Identity & Security has completed installing biometric border processing egates at Christchurch Airport in New Zealand. This installation is part of national upgrade and innovation program for the New Zealand Customs Service (NZ Customs). Once completed there will be a total of 51 eGates nation-wide (this is across Auckland, Wellington, Queenstown, and Christchurch airports). The final phase of the expansion project will be in Auckland in 2017 Since 2009, Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch airports

More e-passport gates at London airport

As part of its £115 million transformation plan, London Luton airport will be installing additional five e-passport gates at its terminal this month, according to a report by Business Traveller. The e-gates use facial recognition technology to provide identity and security checks and can be used by European Economic Area nationals travelling with a biometric passport. “Working with Border Force to introduce more automated e-passport gates is a great indicator of how we’re aiming to make our passengers’ journeys as

South African government says biometric data collection for tourists necessary

South Africa’s Home Affairs director general Mkhuseli Apleni said at a recent meeting that it was necessary to collect fingerprint biometric data of all tourists visiting the country because it helps to identify individuals, especially when a crime has been committed, according to a report by All Africa. Apleni emphasized the importance of capturing fingerprints of all the people visiting the country at a Pretoria-based meeting where key tourism and immigration stakeholders discussed developments on the immigration regulations. In April