Iris ID providing biometric ID technology at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport

Iris ID is providing biometric identification technology at Qatar’s Hamad International Airport in Dohato, enabling travelers to pass through self-service security e-gates in as little as 10 seconds. The two-step process is available for free to all Qatar residents, in which passengers are prompted to place their ID cards or passports on a reader which opens a gate to a second portal. Iris scans or fingerprint readers are then used to verify the traveler’s identity before opening the last barrier

Delta to test self-service bag drop with facial recognition in U.S.

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 technology to match customers with their passport photos through identification verification. The facial recognition-based bag drop machine marks a first time for a U.S. airline carrier, which is designed to allow customers to quickly, securely and easily check their own bags. “We expect this investment and new process to save customers time,” said Gareth

Australia to process 90% of incoming passengers based on biometrics by 2020

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched a tender for companies to submit technology solutions that will replace passports and immigration officers with electronic stations and automatic triage, according to a report by The department hopes to implement the world’s first entirely automatic, seamless processing system for international passengers entering the country based on their biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. Earlier this year, DIBP announced an ambitious plan to implement a new

Air passenger association prefers DHS biometrics initiative to electronics ban expansion

APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) has requested U.S. government to put a hold on the electronics ban expansion to Europe during a biometrics workshop with major airlines and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During his presentation at Aviation Festival Americas, APEX CEO Joe Leader recommended that passengers should be allowed to bring electronics onboard for flights with restricted routes through the U.S. DHS CBP’s biometric facial recognition initiative in place of the

Dublin Airport looking to increase use of its CCTV cameras

In an effort to help improve security and safety, the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) is looking to increase use of its CCTV cameras to monitor passengers in real time, according to a report by The DAA is on an information-gathering exercise regarding CCTV video analytics technology to transform its network of cameras from an “image capture” system to an “intelligent and effective detection and alert” system. The DAA is currently inviting companies to suggest possible applications for 1,400 cameras

Trump administration planning to expand facial recognition use at U.S. airports

The Trump administration is planning to expand the use of biometric facial recognition systems at airports around the United States, according to a report by International Business Times. The Biometric Exit project, which is currently undergoing a trial on a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, is designed to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition systems. “We currently have everyone’s photo, so we don’t need to do any sort of enrollment,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Larry Panetta recently

ImageWare to provide biometric identity management and credentialing software to Alaskan airports

ImageWare Systems has been selected to provide its biometric identity management and credentialing software to five Alaskan airports. Delivery will commence in the second quarter of 2017 with final delivery in the third quarter. “Confirming the identity and backgrounds of airport employees is just as critical as knowing the passengers,” said ImageWare Chairman and CEO, Jim Miller. “Our solution allows for multi-modal biometric background checks and authentication of the facility’s employees, vendors, and contractors. As circumstances may change, the system

YVR expands line of BorderXpress kiosks to meet Canadian border requirements

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has expanded its line of self-serve border control solutions, BorderXpress, to meet the requirements of Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) new Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program. The move comes a month after reports that major Canadian airports would be implementing facial recognition technology in the coming months as part of CBSA’s new traveller screening program. The PIK program expands the use of border kiosks at Canadian airports, as well as provides new self-service options to a

British Airways introduces facial recognition border control gates at Heathrow airport

British Airways is introducing facial recognition-based border control technology that will seamlessly and quickly identify passengers at boarding gates in London’s Heathrow Airport, according to a report by Bloomberg. Facial recognition devices at the airport’s main security-screening area in Terminal 5 capture a traveler’s facial features along with the boarding pass. The kiosks then run a facial scan at the gate to verify the traveler’s identity, allowing them to board the plane without displaying any documents, according to a British

SITA working group to define roadmap for secure end-to-end passenger experience

SITA has formed the Secure Journeys Working Group, a new initiative aimed at addressing growing airport security threats in the United States. The group will provide policy guidance to the Transportation Security Administration, the Customs and Border Protection Agency, and other relevant government organizations related to travel safety. Secure Journeys is an expansion of SITA’s Border Automation User Group which was formed in 2015 to facilitate implementation of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Automated Passport Control program. “Because