Air Entry Exit Working Group stocked with all industry players, taking on biometric exit in Congress

This is a guest post by Janice Kephart, founder of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association (SIBA). In October 2014 the Air Entry Exit Working Group was formed by my organization, the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association with the Security Industry Association and sixteen private sector companies including 3M, L-3 Communications, Vision-Box and others. Today, the Working Group includes the Document Security Alliance as well as MorphoTrust and CrossMatch. The latest brouhaha in Congress over border security has the Working

Banking, ePassports driving biometrics expansion says Gemalto

According to analysis from Gemalto, an international digital security company, banking and border security will continue to drive the expansion of biometrics. “With security threats becoming more prevalent and advanced, financial organisations and retailers are now exploring ways to make digital interactions more secure and seamless for customers. This goal is driving increased demand for biometric solutions,” stated Pierre Lelievre VP, Marketing & Communications, Asia Pacific at Gemalto in a recent article.  “Using a fingerprint, iris scan, voiceprint or facial

Ghana to upgrade biometric passports

The Government of Ghana announced that it will soon upgrade its biometric passports so that they are chip-embedded for the electronic verification of travelers. Ghana introduced machine-readable biometric passports in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations for all categories of passport holders. The announcement about the upgrade was made by Hanna Tetteh, Ghana’s Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, at a conference for Ghana’s diplomats in Accra last week, according to a report in allAfrica.com. Numerous items discussed

Airport biometrics will pose a challenge to CIA in Europe

The introduction of biometrics to enhance border security in the European Union will pose an operational challenge to CIA operatives, according to a secret intelligence report released by WikiLeaks. According to a now released secret document entitled “CIA Advice for US Government Operatives Infiltrating Schengen”, current travel throughout Europe is relatively easy, because persons without official government positions are not required to carry visas. However, next year, a new entry-exit system in the European Union will be put in place

TechNavio projects biometric growth in China based on ePassports, national ID cards

According to TechNavio, growing demand for ePassports and national ID cards will result in exponential growth in the Chinese biometrics market, leading to a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 14.8 percent from 2015-2019. With countries aiming to replace existing travel documents with electronic passports, otherwise known as ePassports, TechNavio projects fast growth in demand for the highly secure, interoperable international travel document, that incorporates fast and reliable identity authentication with biometric verification. An ePassport is the same as

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