First automated border control system in Iceland begins operation

The first automated border control systems in Iceland have been put into operation at Keflavik airport. The first control unit, supplied by secunet and equipped with six egates for passengers to pass through, opened on 9 June and the first traveler to use the new system came from France and was travelling on to North America. Keflavik airport is seeing a steady growth in passenger numbers, and is often used as a hub for intercontinental flights between Europe and North

Tascent wins award for its InSight One iris and face recognition system

Tascent has won the 2017 Good Design Australia award for its InSight One iris and face recognition system. A jury of more than 35 Australian and international design experts selected Tascent InSight One to win a Good Design Award in the category of Product Design, Commercial and Industrial. According to a company statement, InSight One is an iris and face recognition system designed for enrollment, identification and authentication of people in high-throughput environments. The product features a combination of human-centric

CLEAR now open for business at LAX

Biometric identity membership platform CLEAR is now open for business at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). CLEAR will be available in all terminals at LAX, moving travelers quickly through security with the touch of a finger or blink of an eye. The launch at LAX expands CLEAR’s nationwide footprint to 22 airports and six stadiums nationwide. “We are thrilled to bring CLEAR to travelers at LAX. We have no doubt the VIP CLEAR experience will resonate with Los Angeles consumers

CBP to finally implement biometric exit mandate at airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection deputy executive assistant commissioner John Wagner said the agency is finally implementing the legislative mandated biometric exit program in which it will verify the identities of departing foreign visitors at aiports, according to a report by Fedscoop. The announcement comes a few weeks after the Department of Homeland Security released a report that estimated that 629,000 visitors to the country overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a comprehensive biometric exit system

TSA piloting biometric border control technology at Atlanta, Denver airports

The Transportation Security Administration announced on Instagram that it will launch a pilot program this week for new biometric checkpoint screening technology at a TSA PreP lane at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and at Denver International Airport. The transportation agency is conducting a proof of concept demonstration to assess the operational and security effects of using fingerprint recognition to verify the identities of passengers. Through the biometric authentication technology, travelers are able to use their fingerprints as both a boarding

Delta, CBP to pilot facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta, New York airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Delta will test new biometric exit immigration procedures and technology supplied by Vision-Box at New York-JFK and NEC at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport, for international flights this summer . The pilot program is designed to improve CBP’s ability to record the departure of visitors by capturing customers’ biometrics upon exit of the United States at the same time they self-scan their boarding pass. Delta’s eGate tests, powered by Vision-Box at JFK and NEC Corporation of

Thales, SITA to enhance security at Bahrain airport

Bahrain’s Ministry of Transportation and Telecommunications has selected Thales and SITA to provide the security and operations management system — which will include biometrics and other technologies — for Bahrain International Airport. The ministry launched the Airport Modernization Program in 2015 with an end goal to significantly improve Bahrain International Airport’s infrastructure and services. This ongoing program includes the development of a new passenger terminal and the expansion and renovation of the existing terminal. With 14 million passengers a year

Cognitec facial recognition technology featured in ABC gates at Venice Airport

Cognitec’s automated passport control product FaceVACS-Entry features in eight ABC gates (eGates) at Venice Marco Polo Airport. The eGate implementation project was delivered by airport IT provider and system integrator N-Aitec following the airport’s decision to facilitate expedited border control checks at the international terminal. As the traveler enters the eGate, FaceVACS-Entry detects the person’s face, adjusts the position of the cameras according to the person’s height and then captures best-quality images that guarantee high verification accuracy. The software verifies

Delta rolls out biometric boarding pass pilot at Arlington, VA airport

Delta is testing its biometric boarding pass program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, which allows eligible Delta SkyMiles members to use their fingerprints as proof of identity instead of displaying their boarding pass and hard copy ID at the Delta Sky Club. The move comes a couple weeks after Delta Air Lines announced it will introduce four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer, one of which will test facial recognition

Finnish airport operator concludes facial recognition pilot

Finnish airport operator, Finavia, and Finnair recently concluded its three-week pilot of facial recognition technology. The system used in the test was provided by Futurice, and built using widely available hardware and software as well as cloud-based services. One thousand frequent flyers were invited to take part in the project which was conducted in the Finnair normal priority passenger check-in. Participants used an app to send their face profiles to the test software platform and a designated check-in desk that