TSA piloting facial recognition technology at LAX

In an effort to enhance security while easing the screening process for travelers, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is testing facial recognition and enhanced body scanner technology at the Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport. The facial recognition pilot automates the identification and boarding pass verification process. Travelers who are ticketed on an international flight can opt to use the biometric recognition system to verify their identity. After a traveler scans their boarding pass and passport,

SITA acknowledged for work with JetBlue and CBP

SITA won the Aviation Technology Achievement at Air Transport World’s 2018 Annual Airline Industry Achievement Awards for its work with JetBlue and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deliver a biometrics-based secure, paperless and deviceless self-boarding process. The pilot program launched in June on select flights from Boston’s Logan International Airport. The boarding system uses just a facial scan to board passengers while also completing the U.S. customs and border exit checks. SITA and its partners demonstrated that biometric technology

DERMALOG showcasing border control solutions at European Police Congress

DERMALOG is presenting its biometric recognition systems for airports and border controls this week at the 21st European Police Congress in Berlin. According to a company statement, twelve states including Singapore, Malaysia, Maldives, Cambodia, Algeria and Brunei have deployed DERMALOG’s solutions to monitor national borders. As well, the company’s fingerprint scanners are in use at German airports and at border crossings in Switzerland and the Netherlands. The DERMALOG ABIS (Automated Biometric Identification System) is at the core of the DERMALOG

3rd Airport Security Summit

3rd Airport Security Summit 17-18 May 2018 Amsterdam We are pleased to announce the launch of the 3rd Airport Security Summit that will take place on 17-18 May 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The summit will provide an ideal platform for aviation security professionals to discuss new advances in processes and technology to improve passenger throughput without damaging security. The summit will delve into current challenges that the industry is facing by bringing together experienced Senior Level Executives to network

TSA trials new facial recognition system at LAX to leverage digital travel documents

The Transportation Security Administration has begun a three-week trial of almost real-time facial recognition technology at Los Angeles International Airport, FCW reports. The trial began January 30, and compares travellers faces to their electronic passport images. This allows the TSA to leverage trusted digital identification records, rather than temporary databases, to verify traveller identities. In a privacy assessment of the trial (PDF), the TSA said the 1-n approach could help develop requirements for biometric matching with other identity documents, such

AirAsia rolling out facial recognition-based check-in, boarding

AirAsia will be rolling out a facial recognition-based self service check-in system that will also be used to automate the boarding gate procedure. According to an interview with AirAsia group chief executive officer Tan Sri Tony Fernandes in the New Straits Times, the Fast Airport Clearance Experience System (FACES) is set to be introduced next month at the Senai International Airport in Johor Bahru. In related news, SITA president for Asia Pacific Sumesh Patel said earlier this month that facial

Tanzania airports deploy Vision-Box technology for border control

The Tanzania Immigration Services Department (TISD) recently began using Vision-Box’s new Facial Matching Systems (FMS) to improve border control procedures and enhance border security. The new desktop solution integrates advanced document authentication and biometric recognition features to identify fraudulent travel documents and to detect identity fraud by travelers. The solution matches the information contained in the travel document against the live face image capture of the traveler. Vision-Box reports that the solutions are in use at Kilimanjaro International Airport and

South Korean airports to adopt biometrics authentication system for domestic flights

South Korea’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said today that Gimpo International Airport and Jeju International Airport will adopt biometrics authentication systems next week, allowing local passengers to travel without identification cards. South Korean passengers will be able to take domestic flights after going through a biometrics identity confirmation process, which includes palm vein scanning and fingerprinting. South Koreans aged 14 or older can use the service after prior registration with their identification cards at the airports, the ministry

Cato Institute calls biometric exit program “a big waste of money”

The Cato Institute is calling on the U.S. Congress to resist efforts to fund the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) biometric exit program through a DACA deal, calling it “a big waste of money.” In a post written by Cato Institute Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity immigration policy analyst David Bier, the Institute recognizes the security value and practicality of the biometric entry program, US-VISIT, saying it undermines visa fraud. The biometric exit program, in contrast, cannot be easily

Airport facial recognition trial sees significant time savings

SITA president for Asia Pacific Sumesh Patel says facial recognition trials at Australia’s Brisbane Airport have shown a 70 per cent reduction in passenger processing times for boarding and check-in, according to a report in Australian Aviation. Brisbane Airport began the pilot project in March in partnership with SITA and Air New Zealand. Brisbane Airport is the first Australian airport to trial this secure walkthrough experience at check-in and the boarding gate using SITA’s biometric technology, which integrates with the