Automated biometrics in airports
| 03.04.2008 | 15:37:23 | Views: 2955 | ID:
March 4 '08: HSDailyWire.com reported that new trends in security and biometric technology will help to push greater expediency at airports in the future with "Automatic biometric systems [that] will eventually replace the often laborious system of repeated manual passport and security checks." According to Atlanta, Georgia-based airline IT solutions provider SITA, "trusted" travelers who have their biometric information inside a database maintained by security "will simply pass through an automated gate which will instantly verify their identity and security risk," HSDaily wrote.
Prognosticating eventual moves in the U.S., officials in the U.K are working on several biometric security programs including "Project Semaphore, Iris, and the miSense trial," HSDaily wrote. Matthew Finn, director of government and security for SITA told HSDaily, "By 2015 the majority of people arriving and departing from the United Kingdom will hold an international standardized travel document that contains biometrics. ... At that point 99 percent of people will face only manual checks by exception rather than by rule. It gets to the point where it can almost be carried out as you walk."Project Semaphore is a three-year program developed by the British government's Home Office along with other agencies and IBM to gather information and details of passengers "intending to enter or leave the U.S. before they begin their journey," GovernmentForum365.co.uk reported. miSense is a partnership between several companies (of which SITA and IBM were a members) "to collect and verify traveller identity information as early as possible and by using the same information throughout the remainder of the airport journey, facilitate easier air travel while maintaining high standards of security and identity management." National Blueprint Tags: Transportation & Logistics, Economic & Infrastructure.
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