Canada's Restricted Area Identification Card Program

In order to assume a more direct role in Canadian aviation security, the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) was created as a Crown Corporation in April 2002. Preventing unauthorized individuals from accessing restricted airport areas, such as baggage ramps, refueling stations, and maintenance hangers, through the development of a secure biometric enrollment and identity verification program was one aspect of this new security role. The author discusses how CATSA partnered with Transport Canada to develop a Restricted Area Identification Card (RAIC) in 2004 to replace the Restricted Area Pass in use prior to CATSA's formation. The RAIC system and software incorporates biometric technology (identification through iris and fingerprints) to validate non-passenger identities for restricted area access. A centralized database is also used for real-time identity access management tracking in regard to RAIC card cancellation, verification, and issuance. Additional security measure information used in conjunction with the RAIC system, including differences in Class 1 and Class 2 airports, number of access points, and use of mantraps, is discussed.


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  • Accession Number: 01053897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 10 2007 4:26PM