Incorporating New Technologies for Better Airport Security

Incorporating New Technologies for Better Airport Security

The world is becoming more connected, diverse and globalized place. Every single day more than eight million people travel by air world-wide. Specifically, one million of these people travel in and out of the United States. Verifying the identities of these individuals is crucial for maintaining global airport security. This keeps populations safe from dangerous threats that could cause them harm.

According to US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), it takes about 20 seconds to identify and verify a person’s identity using government databases and current technology (Federal News Radio).

This is too slow.

Airports all over the world have the challenge of tackling security while meeting passenger demands. A dynamic border security environment exists which requires a standardized border control process (Aviation Security). Moreover, eight million customers, traveling for either business or pleasure, expect an enhanced experience when they travel, which includes speed and accuracy when traveling through airport security checkpoints.

One way to enhance airport security is to introduce new, advanced technologies into current security initiatives. For example, the ACI (Airports Council International) recognizes the benefits of using biometrics to confirm personal identity for border control, airport passenger processing and airport access control, to improve security, efficiency and facilitation. Nearly two-thirds of all consumers support biometric technologies as well, making it a good option to add to airport security processes. IDMScan, a product of IDMERIT, is an OCR technology that could easily streamline airport security during the TSA screening process, or other screening processes outside the US, at the beginning of air travel.

Specifically, during US travel, a TSA agent could use a mobile phone to select a passenger’s country of origin and scan their official government identification cards or passports. The identification card or passport will then be verified as legitimate or fraudulent in seconds and the information from the ID will be pulled and matched against official data from the country of origin at the same time. A live photo of the passenger can then be taken and compared biometrically with the photo on their identification card or passport. These results will then be analyzed in real time and a confidence score will be given back to the TSA agent. This technology can help agents determine in real time with minimal effort if a passenger is a security threat or not, helping ensure safe travel for all legitimate passengers.

Furthermore, IDMScan can also be applied to the Customs process. The technology could be used to identify whether a foreign traveler should be allowed to enter their country of destination or not. By having travelers use this technology, this can speed up the Customs process at points of entry in airports. Plus, it can help Customs agents be more confident in their screening of foreign travelers.

Airports are an interesting environment because they are a place serving two purposes: creating customer satisfaction and maintaining border security. At IDMERIT, we are committed to providing solutions to meet these challenges. With IDMScan, we can shorten wait times at airport security checkpoints by streamlining the identity verification process.

Let us prove that our technology is beneficial to your needs. For further information about our products, including IDMScan, please reach out to us here.

Alex McGinness
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