Aruba airport chosen to trial U.S. biometric entry program

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has chosen Aruba’s Queen Beatrix International Airport as the first airport outside the U.S. to pilot its biometric entry program, Future Travel Experience reports. The facial recognition system will be used to verify the identities of travellers re-entering the U.S. on a daily Delta Airlines flight to John F. Kennedy International Airport. “Our past experiences with biometrics have been very successful and we are looking forward to working in collaboration with U.S. CBP on

FPC sensor used in biometric payment card pilot for Bank of Cyprus

Fingerprint Cards is providing touch sensors from its FPC1300-series for the recently announced Bank of Cyprus biometric payment card pilot. The pilot, being lead by Gemalto, is the first of multiple upcoming pilots in 2018 for the world’s largest card manufacturer and also includes Zwipe as a partner. The card being trialed by Bank of Cyprus is a fingerprint activated payment card which utilizes Zwipe’s energy harvesting capacity and biometric engine to enable contactless and contact transactions. It is powered

Qualcomm awarded DoD contract for IT system access protection pilot

The Department of Defense has awarded Qualcomm’s Cyber Security Solutions (QCSS) division a contract to establish a pilot program for the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to enable DoD users to access key IT systems using actionless authentication, the company has announced. The authentication is performed with Qualcomm’s hardware-anchored device attestation and continuous multi-factor authentication capabilities on the Qualcomm Snapdragon Mobile Platform, integrated with DISA’s Purebred and Public Key Infrastructure systems. The pilot is part of a DoD project to

CBP begins 30-day facial recognition pilot at JFK airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have deployed facial recognition technology at one TSA checkpoint at John F. Kennedy International Airport for 30 days. CBP is partnering with TSA in this pilot project to assess the use of biometric technology to verify international travelers’ identities at a TSA checkpoint using international travelers’ photographs taken at TSA’s Terminal 7 international checkpoint to compare against travel document photographs. “As we continue to deploy technical demonstrations, CBP is assessing the use of biometric

Zurich airport trialing face recognition system at immigration checks

Zurich airport in Switzerland has implemented automated biometric passport control systems in an effort to accommodate increased capacity demands as well as decrease long queues at immigration checks, according to a report by Swissinfo.Ch. The face recognition system is the foundation of the recent CHF8 million (US$8.2 million) expansion and revamp at the airport. Meanwhile, Geneva airport is also looking to install biometrics technology of its own via the Automated Border Control (ABC) system. Zurich’s facial recognition system is available

Veridium issued grant to pilot fingerprint solution in developing countries

Veridium has been issued a grant from the Digital Financial Services Innovation Lab, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop and field test biometric authentication technology on unmodified Android smartphones in order to improve the way people in developing countries can access and enroll in financial and government programs. The grant will allow Veridium to roll out a pilot project in a developing region to allow fingerprint verification to be deployed instantly from any location and with

DHS, TSA testing touch-free fingerprint scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can speed up the processing time for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began performing a series of proof-of-concept tests for new fingerprint technology with the help of S&T’s Biometrics Technology Engine and Apex Screening at Speed program. The touch-free scanners, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., allows travelers to use their

Facial recognition pilot begins at Berlin train station

Facial recognition software is now being tested at Berlin’s Südkreuz train station, according to a report in The Local. The pilot project is being run on behalf of the federal government and will use surveillance cameras to test the facial recognition software’s ability to recognize the faces of passersby. 300 people volunteered to be part of the test for six months. Volunteers’ names and faces were saved into a database so that when they are picked up by the cameras,

Nets trialing Fingopay biometrics-based payment technology

Nordic payments provider Nets is looking to introduce finger-vein payments to the consumer market in Europe and will be testing Sthaler’s biometric payment solution Fingopay in its Idea Lab over the next few months. The Fingopay reader works by shining a near-infrared light through the user’s finger to build 3D map of the customer’s finger veins. Users can then register the unique finger vein pattern as their preferred payment method, at which point the pattern is encrypted into a public

Pilot project tests NEC’s NeoFace Express for biometric exit

A pilot project started earlier this month on flights from Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is testing NEC’s commercial-off-the-shelf NeoFace Express device and cloud-based NeoFace matching at a gate operated by Emirates Airlines as key facial recognition components of a frictionless biometric exit process. The Dulles International pilot, which follows an earlier Atlanta Hartsfield pilot, is one of several CBP pilots to implement the federal government’s mandated Biometric Exit Program to verify