DHS considering merging its trusted traveler programs

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske said this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering merging its two trusted traveler programs, according to Travelmarket Report. Pekoske said that merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry programs would streamline management and possibly enhance security. PreCheck is administered by the TSA while Global Entry is managed by CBP. Pekoske said there about 12 million people enrolled in both programs and that

OT-Morpho reports surge in TSA PreCheck enrollments in last year

MorphoTrust USA, part of OT-Morpho, has enrolled five million travelers in the TSA PreCheck program, three million in the past year alone. The trusted traveler program allows U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals and Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR) to quickly move through security at U.S. airports in expedited lines without removing shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. The enrollment service is run exclusively by IdentoGO, a service made by MorphoTrust. The company saw enrollment surge from two to five million travellers

South Africa to implement biometric regulations for India visa application

South Africa will implement biometric regulations for India’s visa applicants by the end of the year, as soon as it develops the proper infrastructure, according to a report by The Financial Express. The new regulations comes as South Africa showed relatively unchanged tourism numbers from India during last year’s e-bola outbreak in West Africa and terrorist attacks in the East. “This year we will be introducing new visa regulations,” said Malusi Gigaba, minister of home affairs for South Africa. “Firstly,

MorphoTrust introduces mobile service enrollment for travelers seeking TSA pre-check

MorphoTrust USA (Safran) announced it has introduced a mobile enrollment service to support the Transportation Security Administration goal of increasing the number of travelers using the TSA pre-check program. The company already provides enrollment services for travelers at more than 300 locations, including at major airports and at off-airport IdentoGO Centers by MorphoTrust. MorphoTrust has teamed up with a range of organizations to offer the new mobile enrollment program, including universities, trade associations, sports teams and travel companies. Time Warner,

Special Report: Biometrics and Homeland 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 provides a brief overview of the spending and programs that the U.S. Government is engaged in surrounding homeland security initiatives and biometrics including: an introduction to homeland security, DHS reorganization, US homeland security spending, use of biometrics, trusted traveler programs

Trusted traveler programs offer speedy and unfair advantage

Trusted traveler programs provide expedited travel for pre-approved, low risk travelers through dedicated lanes and kiosks. The programs have proliferated over the past several years due to increased air travel and globalized business. The United States, through its homeland security department, offers multiple programs: which include NEXUS and SENTRI. NEXUS is a joint program with the Canada Border Services Agency that allows pre-screened, approved travelers faster processing. NEXUS was established in 2002 as part of the Shared Border Accord, a