11 Sep

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The current state of biometrics and technology in Airports Pt. 1

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The-Team-Jim-SlevinA large number of different biometric modalities exist in the marketplace. However the most prevalent in airports are:

Face Recognition

MFlow-what-it-is-1Facial Recognition is used across the EU for ePassport eGates and by Human Recognition System for the most accurate journey and queue time measurement within MFlow.

Iris Recognition

Used in trusted traveller schemes such as Amsterdam Schiphol’s Privium, UAE Expellee tracking and border crossing and by Human Recognition System in MFlow for Common User lounge Management.

Fingerprint Recognition

Used in US Visit entry and exit system and across Asia for passenger verification such as Singapore’s eIACS Enhanced Immigration Automated Clearance System.

The overall benefit of a biometric technology is twofold automation and accuracy. Firstly the use of technology allows a passenger to self-service where identity needs to be proved prior to access being permitted or denied. Secondly, dependent on the modality chosen biometrics deployed effectively offer unrivalled accuracy in determining exactly who an individual really is.

With the exception of some very niche products it would be very hard to imagine anyone building an economically successful car factory today without extensive use of automation and robotics in lieu of human beings on the production floor. This is simply due to the relative speed, efficiency, accuracy and cost at which these technologies can operate. The same is true for biometrics at checkpoints where they can operate 24/7/365 and within known tolerances – consistently.

Biometrics in Motion

We continuously undertake R&D on existing and emerging technologies. The real key for biometric technology now (beyond incremental improvements in speed, cost and performance) is usability. Biometrics on the Move is a real insight into potential moving forward. See:

Since we trialled the technology at Manchester Airport in 2010 there has been a real change in how passengers are treated at airports. In general airports remain a series of ‘stop and go’ interventions on a passenger’s journey. A real mind-set change will need to be made for Biometrics in Motion to be taken up as a mainstream activity for identity checks.

That said we continue to employ Biometrics in Motion in MFlow for the purpose of passenger journey and queue measurement.

Read parts two and three of Jim's review of the current state of biometrics and technology in Airports.


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