After our CEO and founder, Neil Norman, made a trip to China in September, Human Recognition Systems have been working with the International Festival For Business (IFB), launching in Liverpool this June.
In asymmetric warfare or humanitarian aid missions, military and NGO personnel work among local populations and need a confident means of accurately identifying the target group that they're going to be working with.
We have carried out work in a southern African country that is in the process of building some of the infrastructures the developed world takes for granted, such as police, the military and correction facilities. It's a fledgling society, with some men turning up to be police officers who are already registered as soldiers. In these environments, biometrics identify people to enable authorities to best work with the local communities to create the new core infrastructures.
It may seem obvious, but the demands placed on biometric systems by the military are far tougher than the commercial world. The unique environment in which we have to deploy military systems is typically without a reliable power supply and in an asynchronous format; that is with no reliable network connection.
Physically military systems have to be robust and rugged, survive challenging environmental factors such as water and sand, and foolproof as they may be in the hands of young military people on the front line, who have to get the job done quickly, efficiently and effectively, often under pressure.
Our vision for the future of airports has always been to enable a fully biometric airport for passengers and workers. An airport where ID cards, tickets and even one day, passports are a thing of the past, where the processing of passengers is quick and secure through automated eGates, and operations are tracked through real-time dashboards and the personalised passenger experience returns.