DFW named innovation site airport, will work with TSA to improve aviation security

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) has been designated an official Innovation Task Force site by the TSA. The Innovation Task Force works with airports, airlines and other transportation partners to improve security effectiveness and efficiency, while ensuring a positive experience for customers. The task force expects to bring more deployment and experimentation of new technologies into public settings this year and, as an ITF site, DFW is eligible for pilot programs to test and refine groundbreaking technologies and processes.

SIA recommends biometrics adoption and federated model for U.S. airport security credentials

Kathleen Carroll, chair of the Security Industry Association’s (SIA) Government Relations Committee made recommendations to Congress last week regarding strengthening security credentials at U.S. airports. Carroll, who is also Vice President of Government Affairs at HID Global Corp. gave testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Subcommittee on Transportation and Public Assets, discussing several ways to improve security credentials endorsed by the Aviation Security Advisory Committee, a body of private sector representatives providing counsel to the U.S. Transportation

Singapore Changi Airport leveraging biometrics, considering wearable tech

Changi Airport Group (CAG) is considering the use of biometric-based single passenger tokens and wearable technology at Singapore Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4, which is scheduled to open in 2017, according to a report by Future Travel Experience. The move comes a few months after CAG announced it will install facial recognition technology at Singapore’s Changi Airport’s new Terminal 4 to eliminate the need for security staff to manually identity passengers at various check points. “With the possibility of a

Biometric technology poised to improve automated bag drops

The recent advancements in biometric technologies are poised to significantly improve automated bag drops at airports, according to a report by The Australian. ICM has faced some challenges in developing bag drops for international operations as it is required to confirm that a traveller has a valid passport and, in some cases, a visa, said Richard Dinkelmann, managing director of ICM Airport Technics. In the past, the bag drop technology firm would typically conduct these processes manually. However, airports are

Rockwell Collins, Atkins to deploy biometric identity management solutions for airports

Avionics and IT systems firm Rockwell Collins is integrating its ARINC vMUSE and ARINC Veripax technologies with the Atkins identity management toolkit, enabling airports to verify travelers using biometric identification. Rockwell Collins’ ARINC vMUSE is compatible with a range of biometric modalities, including fingerprint, facial recognition and iris scan enabling it to deliver a plug-and-play solution that can be implemented quickly and easily. The solution allows for a phased rollout of biometric processing, with airline or gate-specific rules permitting the

LAX unveils 40 new APC kiosks, CLEAR working with TSA to strengthen airport security

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Los Angeles International Airport have installed 40 new automated passport control kiosks at LAX airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal. The free APC service expedites the entry process for U.S. and Canadian citizens, along with eligible visa waiver program travelers by allowing passengers to submit their customs declaration and biographic data electronically at the self-service kiosks. The service does not require any pre-registration or membership, and protects the private information of travellers when handling the

GCR Launches Biometric System with Business Automation

IT products and services consulting firm GCR announced on Wednesday it has introduced a credentialing system that couples the power of biometrics with business automation and other aspects. Dubbed AirportIQ Secure Credentials, the new system offers continuous validation of background, identity verification of aviation workers and binding of biometric and biographic information to the individual. The system, which GCR says is actively being marketed to other airports, manages the entry and maintenance of identity information, prints badges, interfaces with access

Transport Security Expo

Transport Security Expo is the largest international event for all areas of transportation security and focuses on the key threats, policy updates and regulations affecting the aviation, maritime, supply chain and public transport communities. Delegates attending the forthcoming Transport Security Expo will gather detailed insight on the challenges faced through in-depth aviation, maritime and public transport conferences. An extensive programme of workshops delivers valuable learning opportunities, including Freight & Cargo, Terminal & Facility Security, & Passenger Screening. The event is

MorphoTrust gets TSA authorization for employee screening and badging at U.S. airports

MorphoTrust USA has received authorization from the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to support employee screening and badging at U.S. airports under an “Other Transaction Agreement” with TSA. MorphoTrust is one of three organizations authorized by TSA to offer Designated Aviation Channeling (DAC) services, following a thorough review to validate the company’s security systems and procedures. Currently, TSA checks the background of airport and airline employees with access to secure areas and through the DAC services, MorphoTrust will aggregate the

Biometric commercial deployments require human factor engineering expertise

Biometrics as a global industry is evolving rapidly. With each passing day, more news sprouts up about countries adopting biometric identification technology to secure borders, establish free and fair elections, or tighten airport security. Countries like India have embarked on massive identity campaigns to develop documentation that helps facilitate more equitable social benefit distribution and eliminate government waste and corruption. Governments all over the planet are increasingly evaluating and choosing to adopt biometric identification technology to boost security, eliminate fraud,