The Custom and Border Protection in the United States has decided to expand the implementation of cloud based biometrics system in identifying international travelers as part of its security expansion program in the country’s airports.
This latest development on the country’s border’s biometrics push is already the second phase of the agency’s Traveler Verification Service, which utilized cloud-based photo matching to conduct comparison between pictures of international travelers and images that have been previously captured.
The biometrics system technology has experienced a steady growth in the past ten years due to a myriad of reasons. But on top of this, many people and business companies have realized that modern identification and authentication becomes more important and effective.
In the business field, the device has been useful in recording time and attendance. Almost all companies have turned to biometrics system to keep track of their employees’ daily time-in and time-outs. Through this method, the organization can get rid off of fraudulent activities.
The biometric technology has also taken the banking industry by storm as it is now mostly implemented in most banking institutions in their transaction authentications. This does not only help improve transaction security but also customer convenience and employee management.
In law enforcement, jails and prisoners across the globe are also incorporating biometrics in securing and managing prisoner identities. In fact, last 2008, China adopted a program that used biometric system in cross checking identities of inmates that will match the database.
Finally, it is widely used in airport management not just in the US but also in many countries around the world. Iris and face recognition is the top mode of identity verification in many airports, where systems obtain a copy of travelers’ biometrics. These unique details will be stored in a database to ensure fast and precise verification in entry and exit points. So instead of falling in long lines for processing, passengers just have to walk in a lane and look into an iris camera.
Stopping Potential Threats
The technology has proven that it is an effective way in securing borders. Despite concerns on privacy, the US continues to build border security programs to ensure travelers’ safety.
This next phase of the Traveler Verification Service includes placing cameras in checkpoints to monitor outbound flights. The collected photos will be converted to a template, following its transfer to the system. After this, the pictures will be matched against a collection of images in the system.
The CBP has vowed to delete photos from the cloud-based biometric system after being matched within 12 hours.
If a match has been found, the passenger will be directed to a corresponding screening lane, where a TSA agent is assigned to review existing data or information about the passenger. If the biometric system fails to identify the passenger, standard procedure will be applied including checking of passport or driver’s license.
The program also aims to deter potential threats to the safety of travelers from different parts of the world.