IDEMIA and Royal Caribbean complete biometric verification trial with CPB

IDEMIA, formerly OT–Morpho, and Royal Caribbean Cruises have completed a public-private partnership trial with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) using facial recognition to verify passengers’ identities for entry and re-entry of cruise ships to secure and expedite passenger processing at U.S. sea-ports of entry. The “Sea Re-entry” trial, conducted at Cape Liberty Cruise Port in New Jersey, used IDEMIA’s facial capture and recognition solution to confirm the identities of individuals disembarking Royal Caribbean ships with the facial identities of

idSoftware developing biometrics technology to support DHS port security regulations

idSoftware is one of four firms developing biometrics technology in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s stricter port security regulations, following the passing of a new rule last August mandating that incoming port personnel scan identification cards through an electronic reader, according to a report by MeriTalk. After a three-month process, DHS placed idSoftware on its Qualified Technology List of approved companies who develop port security technology. During the “detailed process”, DHS had to approve the company’s three testing

Port of Virginia testing biometric access control features

The Port of Virginia has revealed that its IT and operations teams have been testing existing biometric-based access control features present in the individual gate lanes at Norfolk International Terminals (NIT) main truck interchange. NIT is the port’s 567-acre facility in Norfolk. After a driver swipes their Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) card, a biometric reader illuminates, indicating the need to place a finger on the scanner. A successful fingerprint scan will lift the gate arm, granting access to the

IBIA releases white paper on biometric entry-exit at U.S. ports of entry

The International Biometrics + Identity Association (IBIA) has released a new white paper titled “Closing the Loop: Completing Biometric U.S. Entry-Exit” that outlines the growing need for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to partner with the biometrics industry and fulfil its longstanding mandate for biometric exit. In a statement, the IBIA says that the threat environment is changing worldwide and demands a new approach to border controls and national security and that biometrics are a critical tool for fighting

Congressman criticizes US port biometric security card program

In 2002, the US federal government pledged to improve port security by implementing new biometric security cards, but a full 13 years later, the DHS has failed to set guidelines on how to read these Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC) cards, according to a report by My Fox Tampa Bay. All workers, truckers, and other individuals without an escort require a TWIC card – which are encoded with fingerprint data and other data to confirm the person’s identity — in

Biometric Update: most popular news for week ending October 26

Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics industry news that appeared on this past week. Biometrics Week in Review: Interpol facial recognition standards, Android trusted face, biometric border control in Spain, biometrics2104 coverage, software for battlefield intelligence, google chrome and FIDO, Encap Security, biometrics in banking, Australia’s biometric collection plan and a special report on Port security. Interpol facial recognition experts meet to develop global guidelines – Biometric experts recently gathered at the first meeting of the

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 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 could be the future of U.S. Customs and Border Protection traveller screening

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is beginning to see some results from its technology-driven mission to make international customs and immigration checkpoints less of a hassle but still as effective. The drive to make travel checkpoints more streamlined has been part of President Obama’s “Year of Action”, and has involved the implementation of new technology in several major airports. Two of these initiatives have been Automated Passport Control (or APC) kiosks, and Mobile Passport Control. APC first launched last

Special Report: Port Security

Biometric Update Special Reports provides analysis and competitive industry intelligence for the global biometrics industry including market size, multiple industry segments, venture capital and other business opportunities, along with in-depth profiles on the best emerging companies and solutions. This report by Biometrics Research Group, Inc. examines biometric credentialing of transportation workers at U.S. seaports along with the security challenges caused by lack of holistic biometric access control options. Download PDF: Special Report – Port Security & Biometrics

Homeland Security selects Stevens Institute of Technology to study port security issues

The US Department of Homeland Security has chosen Stevens Institute of Technology as one of 11 partnering universities that will be undergoing multidisciplinary research to develop innovative learning environments for critical homeland security missions, according to NJ Biz. In this new partnership, Stevens will oversee one of five new Centers for Excellence as well as be given a $10 million federal grant over a five-year period. Stevens will collaborate with the University of Hawaii in Honolulu in leading the Center