Trade association says airlines should not have to pay for biometric exit program

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said that airlines should not be responsible for paying for the new biometric exit program. Under the federal government’s new proposal, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would record the facial biometrics of passengers when they leave the United States by air. IATA and Airlines for America recently met with CBP to discuss the proposed measures. Member airlines who participated in a pilot of the program reported that the technology will not significantly disrupt

Australian airport to trial contactless biometric scanners for travelers

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection will soon trial “contactless” biometric technology at Sydney and Canberra’s international airports in the coming weeks, according to a report by The Straits Times. The pilot, which is a part of the federal government’s “seamless traveler” initiative, will allow international visitors to walk directly to their baggage without having to display their passports. The biometric data — which are based on faces, irises and possibly fingerprints and gait — will be matched against

CBP begins 30-day facial recognition pilot at JFK airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have deployed facial recognition technology at one TSA checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days. CBP is partnering with TSA in this pilot project to assess the use of biometric technology to verify international travelers’ identities at a TSA checkpoint using international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs. “As we continue to deploy technical demonstrations, CBP is assessing the use of biometric

Dubai Airport to install virtual aquarium tunnel that scans faces and irises

The Dubai International Airport is replacing facial recognition security booths with a virtual aquarium tunnel that will scan the faces and irises of passengers using up to 80 hidden cameras, according to a report by Interesting Engineering. Passengers merely need to walk through the virtual aquarium tunnel and their faces and irises will automatically be scanned by the cameras. The airport authority has not confirmed whether there will be a separate scanner for a suitcase, however, the Al Bayan News’

Bengaluru’s KIA will be first fully Aadhaar-enabled airport in India

Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) is set to become the first Aadhaar-enabled airport in India by 2018, according to a report by The Economic Times. Following a two-month pilot project in February, Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) has given the greenlight to make KIA fully compliant with Aadhaaar-enabled entry and biometric boarding system. KIA is expected to be completely Aadhar enabled by December 2018, which is a part of the airport’s initiative to become a Smart Airport. Passengers will be

Hong Kong International Airport rolls out face recognition-enabled departure for visitors

The Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government announced that Hong Kong International Airport has rolled out a face recognition-based self-service departure for visitors to Hong Kong, according to a report by Xinhua Net. The Hong Kong government first announced in January that it would introduce a facial biometrics-enabled electronic channel service at airport departure gates. Using face recognition technology for identity verification, Smart Departure is designed to provide greater travel convenience for visitors while improving the

Zurich airport trialing face recognition system at immigration checks

Zurich airport in Switzerland has implemented automated biometric passport control systems in an effort to accommodate increased capacity demands as well as decrease long queues at immigration checks, according to a report by Swissinfo.Ch. The face recognition system is the foundation of the recent CHF8 million (US$8.2 million) expansion and revamp at the airport. Meanwhile, Geneva airport is also looking to install biometrics technology of its own via the Automated Border Control (ABC) system. Zurich’s facial recognition system is available

SITA, Hamad International Airport to trial biometric passenger processing solutions

SITA and Hamad International Airport (HIA) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which establishes a framework for the companies to trial and improve advanced biometrics-based passenger processing solutions at HIA in Qatar, according to a report by eTurboNews. The main focus of the MoU — which was signed jointly by Hamad International Airport chief operating officer, Engr. Badr Mohammed Al Meer and Hani El-Assaad, SITA’s president of Middle East, India and Africa — is to advance HIA’s initiative to

Vision-Box to deploy 20 biometric eGates at Dublin Airport

Vision-Box has been awarded a contract from the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) to deploy 20 biometric ABC eGates at Dublin Airport, according to a report by PassengerTerminalToday.com. Following an open tender competition, Vision-Box was selected to install 10 eGates at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 (T1) and 10 eGates at Terminal 2 (T2), in addition to supporting solutions. Vision-Box had previously implemented a successful three-year pilot at Dublin Airport using its vb i-match ABC eGate solution. “The adoption of

Veridos commissioned to install ten eGates at Luxembourg Airport

Veridos has been commissioned by the Police Grand-Ducale Luxembourg to install ten eGates for automated border control at Luxembourg international airport. Integrating eGates for departure and arrival is part of the ongoing expansion of the airport and are expected to be in use by 2018. The solution verifies identities within just 18 seconds and is expected to lead to a reduction in waiting times. “We are delighted to be able to support Luxembourg with the most modern border control technology