DHS calls on industry to share solutions for the biometric exit program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a Request for Information (RFI) to share solutions in support for U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Biometric Exit Program. According to the RFI, CBP intends to add biometrics to confirm when foreign nationals are departing the United States, in order to deter visa overstays, to identify criminals, and to defeat imposters. “It’s a very helpful RFI,” said Michael Dougherty, CEO of the Secure Identity & Biometrics Association. “In short order it

MorphoTrust UES and ABIS platforms get SAFETY Act certification

Identity services and solutions provider MorphoTrust USA (Safran), has achieved SAFETY Act certification on its Universal Enrollment Services (UES) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) platforms. According to the DHS website, the SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. According to a statement by

TSA partner MorphoTrust has enrolled two million Americans in TSA Precheck

Identity service provider MorphoTrust announced today that more than two million travelers have enrolled in the Transportation Security Administration’s TSA Precheck program through its IdentoGO centers. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program for American citizens. Precheck travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts or light jackets at security checkpoints. According to TSA’s privacy statement about the program, applicants are checked against law enforcement, immigration and intelligence databases, with the FBI checks criminal history records using

TSA chief wants to implement biometric recognition at passenger checkpoints

Newly-appointed Transportation Security Agency chief Peter Neffenger testified before a House Oversight subcommittee on Tuesday, in which he said he hopes to see “a day where the checkpoint looks very different from what it does today,” according to a report by CNSNews.com. Neffenger said that with the exception of the full-body scanners, the TSA is “still largely dealing with …the same kind of checkpoint we’ve had for the past decade or more. And I think we’re on the cusp of

MorphoTrust’s IdentoGO expands TSA Precheck application center hours

IdentoGO, an identity service operated by MorphoTrust USA, announced it will continue to expand hours of operations at select TSA Precheck application centers as well as begin testing Saturday operations. The expanded operational hours will increase the number of appointments available to those passengers seeking to enroll in the program. TSA Precheck is an expedited security screening program that provides those travelers departing from more than 150 U.S. airports with biometric-enabled security measures and a more convenient travel experience. For

Biometrics in border control, facial recognition, a lawsuit and more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Lawsuit In one of the most intriguing stories this week, Hoyos Labs LLC filed a lawsuit in New York federal court against EyeVerify Inc. alleging that EyeVerify violated state and federal law by misleading consumers about how its Eyeprint ID solution identifies users. Biometrics and elections Turning over to biometric applications in electoral polls, GenKey announced that the Tanzanian government has deployed its

TSA’s five year strategy plan includes more biometrics

The Transportation Security Administration has released an aggressive five-year strategy that includes a potential expansion of the use of biometrics, among other things, to create the “airport of the future”, according to a report by Next Gov. Written in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002, the 45-page “Strategic Five-Year Technology Investment Plan for Aviation Security” details a foundation “for future innovation and meets the immediate technology demands of specific mission needs.” The plan details the agency’s long-term functional

IdentoGO expands identity services through H&R Block partnership

IdentoGO, an identity service operated by MorphoTrust USA, announced it has partnered with H&R Block to co-market a range of identity services, including enrollment in the TSA Precheck application program. Under the terms of the agreement, H&R Block will market and deliver IdentoGO services to customers throughout 27 states. These marketing efforts will help to expand the number of application centers available for TSA Precheck as well as other state and local programs. “With store-front locations within a five-mile radius

Biometrics to monitor tuberculosis cases, FBI criminal history monitoring pilot & more top stories

Here’s a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate this past week. Airport facial authentication One of the week’s biggest stories comes from the TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis Program Management division, which recently selected Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to participate in a “proof of concept” pilot of the FBI RapBack service. Biometrics-enabled humanitarian efforts On the other side of the globe, Operation ASHA, a non-profit organization that aims to provide tuberculosis (TB) treatment

TSA selects airports for FBI`s real time criminal history monitoring pilot

The TSA Office of Intelligence and Analysis Program Management division has selected Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to participate in a “proof of concept” pilot of the FBI RapBack service. The program uses newly improved biometric identification capabilities introduced with Next Generation Identification (NGI) System to provide real time criminal history monitoring of the aviation worker population. “I’m pleased to announce that DFW has been selected to take part in the monumental RapBack pilot program,” said Sean Donohue, CEO at DFW