With more than 200 airports receiving scheduled service, the U.S. administration's choice of biometric and other security screens will influence the industry worldwide. One approach is US-VISIT, a biometrics test for foreign visitors at more than 100 airports. Most vendors and airport operators are waiting for direction from the government, but little has been released. Popular biometrics approaches use hand, iris, fingerprint and facial recognition, but it is not clear which technology will win. Iris recognition is the most accurate, identifying about 65% of the age-independent elements of the human iris. But it costs more to implement and takes longer. However, customer satisfaction was high in a test in the UK. Also, it uses a "one-to-many" approach, so the person being scanned does not need to carry ID. Other technologies involve hand geometry readers and key facial characteristics. Some trials are using more than one biometric to boost accuracy. The government is expected to have weeded out a large share of unacceptable technologies by mid-2005. Still unresolved, though, is who will bear the costs of implementation.

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  • Authors:
    • Croft, J
  • Publication Date: 2005-4


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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 56-58
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  • Accession Number: 00989452
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: UC Berkeley Transportation Library
  • Files: BTRIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: May 3 2005 12:00AM