Hamad International Airport installs biometric kiosks for Qatar travellers

Officials at Hamad International Airport announced they have implemented five new self-service machines that can scan the eyes and fingerprints of Qatar residents “in less than a minute”, according to a report by DOHA News. Available in both the arrivals and departures section, the Ministry of Interior (MOI) biometric kiosks will help all travelers who are having e-gate issues when entering or leaving Qatar. There will also be technicians on hand to assist travelers in registering their biometric data, airport

JFK Airport to implement facial recognition technology

Investment in anti-terror measures such as facial recognition and video tracking technology at John F. Kennedy International Airport is part of a $10 billion plan to revamp the airport, according to a report by the New York Post. Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the plan Wednesday, which also calls for major improvements to highways, interconnected terminals, and an increase in flights. “JFK is ranked 59th out of the top 100 international airports. We used to be number one,” Cuomo said during

India airports piloting Aadhaar-based entry authentication

Taking the lead from a successful pilot phase at a Hyderabad, India airport where security officials processed travellers using Aadhaar-based airport entry authentication technology, Mumbai and Bengaluru airports are also planning to implement similar pilot projects next year, according to a report by The Hindu. The Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad launched a pilot project in 2015 in which travellers had the option of entering their Aadhaar number at a kiosk located at one of the entry gates. The

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

Malaysia to implement facial recognition systems at airports, ports

The Malaysian government is installing 300 facial recognition devices to scan travelers entering and exiting the country at key entry points by the end of 2017, according to a report by Malay Mail Online. Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that 99 biometric devices were previously installed at KL International Airport (KLIA) and klia2. Hamidi, who is also the home minister, said the new security system would soon be rolled out at other airports and ports.

Changi airport selects MorphoPass biometrics solution for its new terminal

Safran Identity & Security announced that Singapore’s Changi airport has selected the MorphoPass biometrics solution for its new terminal. MorphoPass uses biometric identification to manage a passenger’s journey through an airport and makes checkpoints faster and less intrusive for travelers at bag drop, airside access and passport control, as well as the boarding control point. According to a company statement, the MorphoPass project is focused on three points: improving security, operational efficiency and passenger experience. To meet these three needs

DHS seeking to install more facial recognition system in airports

The Homeland Security Department is looking to install more cameras for facial recognition in airports throughout the country, according to a report by Next Gov. Customs and Border Protection is seeking sources to provide “mounted facial recognition cameras” to be used in an “airport environment,” according to a solicitation posted on November 15. The cameras would be obtained through a “small business track” on DHS’ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, FirstSource II. The facial recognition cameras are to be

Bengaluru airport to incorporate Aadhaar for biometric screening at entry

Bangalore International Airport will soon enable biometrics screening at entry for Indian citizens with an Aadhaar digital identity number in an effort to increase security and efficiency, according to a report by ET Tech. “The process of manual verification of identity is a security concern and a pain point for the consumer. We want to digitize and automate the process to make the entire experience memorable and hassle-free,” said Hari Marar, managing director at BIAL, which operates Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International

Vision-Box presents passenger flow management solution at Future Travel Experience Exhibition in Singapore

Vision-Box recently presented its Orchestra platform for end-to-end passenger flow management and improved airport business intelligence at the Future Travel Experience Exhibition in Singapore, one of the world’s principal gatherings of leading travel industry businesses, government representatives, and insider experts. The Orchestra platform combines actionable intelligence tools to guarantee the reliable identification of travelers and people of interest, including risk anticipation, real-time passenger flow monitoring, effective exception handling, and an improvement in the overall monitoring metrics of traveler flows at