Brussels Airport to introduce facial recognition scanners

Following the lead of other major airports throughout Europe, Brussels Airport in Zaventem plans to deploy facial recognition scanners next year, according to a report by Flanders Today. The pilot project will start with the deployment of six e-gates that use facial recognition software, and will be offered to all citizens of the European Union who are travelling from outside the Schengen area. This trial audience will include citizens from 22 of the 28 EU member states, as well as

Stanley awarded three government contracts for visa processing services

Stanley Associates, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CGI Federal, announced it has been awarded with three contracts valued at $64 million from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs to provide visa processing services for various countries in Asia, the Caribbean and South America. The 10-year global support strategy (GSS) contract includes orders received in September 2013, along with this past March and May. The September 2013 order is for a maximum value of $15.6 million and supports Thailand,

Russia MP proposes to enforce universal fingerprinting for all international visitors

A Russian MP is preparing a new bill that will recommend new security measures to make it mandatory for all international visitors to be fingerprinted on arrival in Russia and have the information stored in a single database, according to a report by RT.com. In his drafted bill amending the Federal Law on the Legal Status of Foreign Citizens in the Russian Federation, Mikhail Serdyuk of the Fair Russia parliamentary caucus suggests that all international visitors of the country should

Australia collecting biometrics in Colombia, funds new Sri Lankan biometric passport

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection announced that the Australian Visa Application Centre is in operation and collecting biometrics in Colombia for all visa applications. The existing visa application process for Colombia will not be altered, including the online lodgement service for tourist visa applications. Instead, the government has implemented the new AVACs to facilitate additional visa lodgement improvements for visa applicants in Colombia, including the introduction of counter services to manage visa lodgement and all related questions. As

Finnish Border Guard to expand use of automated border control gates

The Finnish Border Guard’s Gulf of Finland Coast Guard District recently began testing automated border control gates at the Port of Helsinki’s West Terminal for all Russian cruise passengers who require visas. The EU External Borders Fund backed trial runs for five months and is intended to prepare the Gulf of Finland Coast Guard for the EU-wide transition over to new systems designed to enable more seamless border crossings. Though ABC gates have been used at the Port of Helsinki’s

Top biometrics news stories, week of July 13

Biometrics Week in Review: biometric visa for South Africa tourism, FiDELYS smartwatch, VISA Europe considers biometrics, biometric intelligence lab, travel biometrics testing center, Emirates Identity Authority, U.S. military, biometric-based banking solution, voice authentication for call centers and a report on global eID Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. New South African tourism rules require many tourists to obtain biometric visa in person – The South African tourism department

Indra and IECISA install biometric automated border control system at Málaga Airport

In a joint venture led by Indra and IECISA, the Málaga Airport recently deployed a biometric-based automated border control management system that verifies the traveler’s documents and checks identity by analyzing his or her biometric parameters. The move is part of a new countrywide smart border initiative which will continually push the use of the technology to effectively manage all air and sea borders with large amounts of passenger movement from Spain. The solution, which was developed in collaboration with

New South African tourism rules require many tourists to obtain biometric visa in person

The South African tourism department is set to introduce new regulations in October that would require travellers to the country to obtain a biometric visa in-person. The regulations relate to introducing two new requirements for travellers to South Africa in an effort to increase security safeguards and prevent child trafficking, which is a growing epidemic in South Africa. The first requirement states that parents must provide an unabridged birth certificate for all travelling children under 18, and both South Africans

U.S. opens travel biometrics technology testing center

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) opened its new test facility for biometric identification technology in Landover, Maryland last month. The facility will test a range of biometric devices in a mock airport environment in order to determine the best performing devices. The center is a joint effort between CBP and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate to enhance air entry and exit processes. Congress has repeatedly demanded a working biometric exit system since 2007, setting

Biometrics 2014 launches final conference agenda, Samsung to keynote

The Biometrics Institute has recently announced several new speaker additions and updates leading up to its Biometrics 2014 event, set to take place October 21-23, 2014 in London. Among the latest announcements, Samsung has signed on and a representative from the company will present on the digital experience and the future of identity at Biometrics 2014. “We are extremely excited to announce Samsung’s participation as a keynote speaker at the conference. The impact on how mobility is changing identity management