International Biometrics & Identification Association supports Visa Waiver Program security improvements

In a statement released today, the International Biometrics & Identification Association (IBIA) said that it strongly supports Congressional action to reform the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) and congratulates the House for its work on H.R. 158, Visa Waiver Improvement Act of 2015. The IBIA also said that the United States must immediately plan further strengthening of the VWP so that all VWP travelers undergo biometric screening prior to boarding all planes to the U.S. Currently, fingerprints are collected from all

Intelligent Fingerprinting presents data on fingerprint drug screening pilot

Intelligent Fingerprinting recently presented evaluation data from its pilot project testing the potential use of its new mobile drug screening device by coroners and mortuary staff to collect early intelligence about cause of death. The firm, which presented the preliminary results at the Coroner’s Society of England and Wales Annual Conference, is now discussing the possibility of extending the Innovate UK-funded pilot to a wider customer trial. Conducted by Intelligent Fingerprinting and the Sheffield Legal-Medico Centre, the trial is validating

Canada to expand collection of biometrics from foreign visitors

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said his government will put $312.6 million over five years towards expanding biometric screening measures to all foreign travelers entering Canada on a visa. According to the government’s plan, all foreign nationals, except for U.S. citizens, applying for a work or study permit, as well as those applying for temporary or permanent residency in Canada will be subject to biometric screening. Travelers will be able to provide their biometrics at 180 biometric collection service

Top biometrics news stories, week of August 10

Biometrics Week in Review: next killer app for biometrics, biometric authentication project, airports deploy biometric screening in Australia and Japan, new biometric entry/exit testing center, biometric screening at South Africa borders posts, testing facial recognition accuracy for video, Launchkey’s latest update, a guest post about biometrics research at DHS and a guest post about biometrics at the US southern border. Here’s a recap of most popular and noteworthy biometrics news stories that appeared on this past week. Mobile commerce

MorphoTrust gets contract for screening and badging at Hawaiian airports

MorphoTrust USA has announced a new contract from Hawaii’s Department of Transportation, Airports Division for screening and badging services at seven major airports in the state. The specific list of airports includes Honolulu International, Kona International, Hilo International, Kahului, Lanai, Molokai and Lihue. “MorphoTrust provides essential services that streamline the screening and badging of employees, improving efficiency and convenience by cutting down on processing times and making our airports safer for travelers,” Charles Carroll, SVP for identity services at MorphoTrust said.

TSA expands biometric security screening, anticipates spike in membership

The TSA is expanding TSA Pre, its biometric expedited screening program and the administration is expecting a surge in membership. The TSA made the announcement Friday, noting that to date, 12 million travelers have used the program, which has so far been deployed at 40 American airports.  Roughly 2 million people travel by plane in the United States each day. Members of the TSA Pre program can leave shoes, light outerwear and belts on, keep laptops in cases and keep liquids