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

Delta, CBP to pilot facial recognition exit screening at Atlanta, New York airports

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Delta will test new biometric exit immigration procedures and technology supplied by Vision-Box at New York-JFK and NEC at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta airport, for international flights this summer . The pilot program is designed to improve CBP’s ability to record the departure of visitors by capturing customers’ biometrics upon exit of the United States at the same time they self-scan their boarding pass. Delta’s eGate tests, powered by Vision-Box at JFK and NEC Corporation of

Delta rolls out biometric boarding pass pilot at Arlington, VA airport

Delta is testing its biometric boarding pass program at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, which allows eligible Delta SkyMiles members to use their fingerprints as proof of identity instead of displaying their boarding pass and hard copy ID at the Delta Sky Club. The move comes a couple weeks after Delta Air Lines announced it will introduce four self-service bag drop machines at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport this summer, one of which will test facial recognition

Finnair pilots facial recognition at Helsinki Airport

Finnish airport operator, Finavia, and Finnair are testing facial recognition at Helsinki Airport this month to gather information on the applicability of the technology to the airport environment, the systems and processes used by the airline and the impact it has on the customer experience. The airline has invited a group of 1,000 frequent flyers to take part in the pilot project. According to Sari Nevanlinna, head of Ground Experience and Ancillary at Finnair, “Face recognition technology could offer possibilities

DoD planning to pilot biometric technologies to replace access card

The Department of Defense (DoD) said it is planning multiple pilots for multi-factor authentication solutions including biometrics and other “patterns of life” technologies, over the next six-to-12 months, according to a report by Federal News Radio. The initiative comes nearly a year after former DoD chief information officer Terry Halvorsen set the goal of replacing the Common Access Card (CAC) with more agile and less costly authentication technology. Halvorsen said in November that the eventual solution might combine biometrics such

Safran Identity & Security’s biometric kiosks undergoing testing at Christchurch Airport

Safran Identity & Security announced that New Zealand Customs is testing the company’s automated border control solution for families traveling together, on departures at Christchurch Airport. The family processing solution extends the automated border control capability of the familiar eGates to families, groups and assisted travellers. Until now, families with children under the age of 12 and assisted travellers were unable to use automated eGates and therefore had to use manual booth for customs and immigration checks. “It’s wonderful that