New automated passport control kiosks from SITA go live at New York airport

In an effort to provide a quick and smooth experience customs immigration process for passengers, 41 new Automated Passport Control self-service kiosks from SITA have gone live at JetBlue’s new international arrivals hall extension at Terminal 5 at JFK International Airport in New York. Airports, airlines and U.S. Customs and Border Protection have collaborated to roll out of automated kiosks in phases to deal with the rapid growth in the number of passengers taking international flights, which the International Air

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 19

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: biometrics the future of traveller screening, White House talks biometrics over passwords, Icahn optimistic on Apple Pay, biometric tech usage protocals, Bionym shipping Nymi band, financial institutions embracing biometrics, fingerprint authenticated payment card, Bill Gates talks biometric ID and banking, privacy advocates concerned about voiceprints and a special report on Port security. Biometrics could be the future of

Biometrics in Australia

This is a guest post by Maria Makedonas, Marketing Cooridnator for Argus Global, Sydney In Australia, the use of biometrics is becoming more prominent in the private sector. Biometrics is now common in the public sector, however it is also apparent biometrics can be used in the private sector and in many more applications as outlined in this blog post. Biometrics and banking: Financial institutions are talking about the use of biometrics for their customers such as opening an account,

Singapore considering iris scanning systems at borders

Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs is currently looking to implement iris scanning systems at its borders, having issued a request for information last week asking all interested vendors to submit proposals by October 10, according to a report by The Straits Times. Once the Ministry of Home Affairs successfully finds a vendor, it could eventually lead to a small-scale trial of implementing iris scanning technology at the country’s airports. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority has selected contactless iris capturing and

Vision-Box deploys eGates at Hamad airport

Vision-Box announced that the Hamad International Airport in Qatar now has one of the most automated border control eGates at any airport in the world. The NDIA Steering Committee contracted Vision-Box to supply ABC eGates, which were specifically designed to meet the HIA performance and strict design requirements. The 62 vb i-match eGates are already being used at HIA, operated by Vision-Box’s front-end border control application, the vb inspector. The eGates are integrated with the advanced identity management infrastructure of

Vision-Box, Biometric Solutions to provide Danish government with biometric-based automated border control solution

Vision-Box and Biometric Solutions have been awarded a four-year contract from the Danish government for biometric-based solutions and components for both enrollment and automated border control. Under the terms of the deal, which commenced in February 2014, the companies will provide a biometric solution and related services to the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, along with other Danish ministries. The solution will enable Danish government to improve processes related to citizen’s electronic identity, as well as help fulfill several ministries’

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