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

Secunet to deploy ABC eGates at Iceland airport

Secunet has won a contract to provide the first automatic border control system (eGates) to Iceland, as part of a co-operation between Isavia, the operator of Keflavik airport, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the Sudurnes district police. The German security firm will initially install and implement 12 eGates at Keflavik International Airport in summer 2017. The airport is currently undergoing a steady growth in passenger numbers, and is frequently used as a major hub for intercontinental flights

Vision-Box debuts on-the-move facial recognition gateway

Vision-Box partnered with Amsterdam Airport Schiphol to present Seamless Gateway — a contactless, face biometrics passenger identification gateway connecting passengers with the airport, airline and border control authorities — during Passenger Terminal Expo this week. Seamless Gateway provide passengers with a seamless walkthrough identification experience at the airport, all without having to stop or interact with security officers at control points . The facial recognition system identifies the passenger within a few seconds, without compromising the biometric capture quality or

Rockwell Collins integrates facial recognition into bag drop system

Rockwell Collins has integrated facial recognition into its self-bag drop solution, expanding its biometric identity offerings. “Rockwell Collins solution extends the ability of passengers to use biometric registration not only during check-in but now using self-service bag drop units,” said Tony Chapman, senior director of Rockwell Collins’ product management and strategic programs. “Our solution replaces a time consuming, manual process with a more secure, seamless one, speeding up the passenger’s journey through the airport.” The facial recognition solution captures the

Fly to Gate automates document and ID verification processes for airports

Gemalto and IER have partnered to create Fly to Gate, a self-service solution that takes travelers smoothly from their home to the airport departure gate. The solution offers travelers the choice between mobile check-in or self-service kiosks and includes bag drop points, border control, security and boarding gates. The Gemalto and IER Fly to Gate solution supports multimodal biometric verification including facial recognition, document verification and straightforward integration with immigration systems, enabling rigorous standards of security and outstanding operational efficiency

Brisbane Airport trials SITA facial recognition technology

Australia’s Brisbane Airport has launched a trial of facial recognition technology develped in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand. The new SITA Smart Path biometrics-based technology allows passengers to present their details at a self-service check-in kiosk and, when ready to board, use an automated boarding gate to verify their identity using face recognition technology to access the aircraft. Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using

Canadian airports implementing facial recognition technology this spring

Major Canadian airports will be implementing facial recognition technology this spring as part of Canada Border Services Agency’s new traveller screening program, according to a report by the CBC. The self-service border clearance kiosks will identify all travellers entering and returning to Canada in an effort to streamline clearance procedures at the country’s airports. The new kiosks will eventually replace the more limited kiosks that are currently being used at airports. “The new kiosks will improve border security, as well

Vision-Box facial recognition technology piloted at Charles de Gaulle airport

Vision-Box facial recognition software is being tested at Charles de Gaulle airport, according to a report by Bloomberg Technology. The Vision-Box solution will check passport images with people’s faces from EU countries. “If trials go well and the French state signs off on use of the software, the number of people using biometrics to speed passage could climb to as much as 20 percent of the average 180,000 people passing through daily,” said Franck Goldnadel, chief airport operations officer. Charles

DHS scrambling to provide facial recognition to airports: report

Two weeks after President Trump signed the controversial immigration and refugee executive order that also called for the expedited completion of a national biometric ID program, the Department of Homeland Security is scrambling to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition software, according to an agency official cited in a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The facial recognition technology will check the identities of all non-citizens leaving the country to confirm they have not overstayed visas, are not