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This article describes how a biometric identification system can be as critical a component of airport security systems as x-ray machines. The three main biometric technologies of facial, fingerprint and iris recognition have been incorporated into passports. Facial recognition technology is used for matching travelers identities to photographs in their passports. The passports themselves will eventually contain biometric data in a microchip, thus making them very difficult to falsify. The U.S. government has set a deadline of autumn 2005 for its 27 major trading partners to have a biometric passport program in operation. ICAO has guidelines in place for passports with contactless chips. It has also mandated facial recognition as the primary biometric source of recognition. Another critical area in airport and air travel safety is access restriction. The article describes how fingerprint recognition technology can be used in restricting access to sensitive areas in airports. In order to control entry into the UK, iris-matching technology will be used as airports, although passports will still be required for identification.

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    Key Publishing, Limited

    P.O. Box 100
    Stamford,   United Kingdom  PE9 1XQ
  • Publication Date: 2005-3


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 17
  • Serial:

Subject/Index Terms

  • TRT Terms: Airports; Biometrics; Security
  • Subject Areas: Aviation; Data and Information Technology; Security and Emergencies; Terminals and Facilities;

Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00988281
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2005 12:00AM