Airport security fears could render device tracking useless

11/12/14 13:17 | Biometrics   |   Airports   |  0 Comments

The Sunday Express has reported that amid fears of an Al Qaeda plot to blow up 5 planes over the Christmas period, a number of new airport security measures are being considered both in the UK and the US to reduce the threat.

The first is the banning of all hand luggage from all flights. The Sunday Express quoted a senior insider as saying, "We have many scares, but this one nearly got hand baggage pulled from all airlines. The threat is still alive and real."

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How Are Biometrics Used In The UK?

02/10/14 12:55 | Biometrics   |   News   |   Human Recognition Systems   |  0 Comments

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The Future for Biometrics and Technology in Airports Pt. 2

23/09/14 11:00 | Airports   |  0 Comments

In the second part of his look at the future of biometrics and technology in Airports, Jim Slevin looks at potential security fears, cross border platforms and what Airports may learn from the Construction industry in the adoption of biometric technology.

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iOS8 randomises MAC address: is it the beginning of the end for WiFi tracking?

22/09/14 12:10 | Airports   |  2 Comments

It has been confirmed that iOS8 will randomise the WiFi Media Access Code (MAC) address of the world’s most popular mobile devices when searching for access points, only switching to the real hardware identifier when the user actually decides to connect.  

In a move to placate civil liberty concerns it will most likely be followed by the other major mobile device manufacturers, this will make all Apple devices increasingly untrackable by WiFi sensors used by airports to track passenger flow.

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The Future for Biometrics and Technology in Airports Pt. 1

19/09/14 10:00 | Airports   |  0 Comments

Right now there seems to be a wide range of biometric technologies available from gait and iris recognition to the current biometrics used in eGates and newer technologies such as brain scanning and voice biometrics that monitor speech patterns to detect lying, but what will be the biometric that will be most used in airports in the future?

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The current state of biometrics and technology in Airports Pt. 3

17/09/14 12:32 | Airports   |  0 Comments

In the third and final part of his look at the current state of biometrics and technology in Airports, Jim Slevin looks at biometrics currently in action in airports and who leads the way in terms of both airports and geographic areas.

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Converting Airport passengers to retail customers - the personalised experience

16/09/14 13:15 | Airports   |  0 Comments

A study performed by ICLP found that Airports could DOUBLE the amount of passengers shopping on their premises, (43% are open to the prospect of shopping whilst only 21% make a purchase). Considering that retail can contribute on average 40% of an Airport’s revenue, imagine the results a change in attitude could have?

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The current state of biometrics and technology in Airports Pt. 2

15/09/14 09:45 | Airports   |  0 Comments

In the second part of his look at the current state of biometrics and technology in Airports, Jim Slevin looks at potential civil liberty fears, how trusted traveller programmes can allay them and fully automated border control.

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The key trends in Airport Security

28/07/14 11:03 | Airports   |  0 Comments

 

The key aviation security drivers fall into three broad areas – Regulatory, Reactive and Economic. The regulatory market is those areas that have to be met and there are considerable changes in areas such as Cabin and Hold Baggage that have explicit regulatory changes in the EU that should attract investment. Sadly it is an inevitable fact for the reactive market that it is driven by emerging security threats and events that in due course, drive regulatory changes and security spend. Finally there is economic, for us often the most important area, where airports and their stakeholders engage in innovative security implementations to not only meet regulatory minimums, but also improve the security experience for passengers whilst reducing the cost of provision of those necessary rules.

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Passenger Flow - Is Device Tracking just too complex?

30/06/14 12:14 | Airports   |  0 Comments

We have previously covered the limitations of Bluetooth tracking technologies in some detail, but now there is widespread speculation that iOS 8 - scheduled for release in Autumn - will randomise an iPhone's MAC address while scanning for Wi-Fi networks.

This would make device tracking impossible and the beta release has left suppliers of BluFi (combined Bluetooth and Wi-Fi) tracking technologies, by their own admission, with “more questions than answers”.

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