Auckland airport installs more biometric gates, US CBP expands SmartGate in Australia

New Zealand customs agency rolled out the first nine new SmartGates installed at Auckland International Airport for departing passengers in time for the busy Christmas season. The nine new eGates, which use facial recognition technology and information in electronic passports, add to the four previous eGates already in operation at the airport, which have since been relocated to the arrival gates. As part of its budget for 2015, New Zealand’s government is investing $6.6 million to install 29 new gates

U.S. updates visa waiver program with new biometric capabilities

The Obama administration has made some key changes to the visa waiver program (VWP), including more effective tracking of past travel, fines for any airlines that fail to verify passport information, and helping other countries screen refugees and offer border security, according to a report by NPR. The program allows registered travelers from 38 participating countries including France, Belgium and other European countries, to travel to the U.S. without a visa. The past couple of months have brought promising reports

UK research project to develop next generation facial recognition technology

Researchers at the University of Stirling, along with university research teams from across the UK, will participate in a £6 million (US$9.1 million) project to develop next generation facial recognition technology, according to a report by the BBC. The university research teams will work together with the Home Office and industry specialists throughout the five-year study. Providing their expertise on face perception, the psychologists from Stirling will examine how face recognition can improve global security and commerce. Professor Peter Hancock

Infineon’s mega memory security chip awarded BSI’s highest security certificate

The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has awarded Infineon’s SLE 78, its newest security controller for electronic passport and other ID applications, with the highest security certificate according to Common Criteria EAL 6+ (high). Based on Infineon’s “Integrity Guard” technology, SLE 78 security controller has the industry’s highest memory density of up to 1.1 Mbytes. Having a large memory density on a small surface space is an essential component of meeting the latest LDS 2.0 standard of 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

European Commission takes Belgium to court of biometric passports

More than three years after the deadline was set for issuing biometric passports with fingerprints, Belgium still fails to comply with this requirement. As a result, the European Commission has referred the country to the Court of Justice of the EU, requesting that Belgium expedite the delivery of these biometric passports. This regulation applies to all EU member-states, except the UK and Ireland, as well as the associated Schengen Area members and this point, Belgium is the only EU Member

Nigerian Interior Ministry warns of increase in claims of lost e-passports

Speaking in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Anastasia Daniel-Nwabia, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Interior of Nigera, stated concern over increasing claims of lost e-passports by Nigerians in the Diaspora, allAfrica reports. “The loss of the e-passport is one of the major problems we are having; it forms about 90 per cent rejection of applicants. If you lose your passport you must convince the officials before it can be re-issued.” Nigeria, like many African countries, is implementing

Trüb continues to supply for Lithuanian ePassport

Trüb has signed a new agreement to continue to provide electronic and secure polycarbonate data pages for Republic of Lithuania ePassports. According to the firm, the electronic data page is attached to the ePassport booklet through a patented and robust page binding element, and is designed for a lifespan of 10 years. Issuance of passports with an electronic polycarbonate data page started in January 2008. The chip stores personal data, a facial image and two fingerprints of the document holder.

Israel to review use of centralized biometric database

Israeli’s Interior Ministry, under direction of the country’s High Court of Justice, has agreed to review whether the creation of a single, central biometric database and the use of smart identity cards are acceptable. Opponents of the highly controversial database, which includes prominent Israeli scientists and security experts, warned that government plans for a centralized database comprised “a sensitive and powerful resource that provides an unprecedented mechanism for surveillance and control” in a court filing in February. The opponents are

Biometrics Processing Means Faster Entry to Olympics Games

The speedy biometrics processing conducted by the British Embassy in Zimbabwe to ensure that their athletes come to the UK smoothly and without issue impressed London-bound athletes, according to the Daily News. Athletes, coaches and officials for both the Olympic and Paralympics Games are all subject to biometric processing. They had their fingerprints and electronic passports recorded at the British Embassy. Deborah Bronnert, the British Ambassador to Zimbabwe, stated that the process of gathering biometric data from participants to the