Wed. Sep 27th, 2023
    Advances in Face Biometrics Speed Up Travelers at Airports

    Face biometrics continue to play a crucial role in enhancing airport security and improving efficiency for travelers. This week, Idemia, a leading biometric technology company, announced its participation in a pilot program testing digital ID for travel. The program, which involves the Netherlands and Canada, utilizes a smartphone app developed by Idemia to streamline the travel experience. The next-generation scanners developed by Idemia are also expected to accept these digital travel credentials.

    In other news, several countries are making progress with their national digital ID programs. Kenya has unveiled details of its new digital ID system, known as Maisha Namba, which is set to launch on September 29th. The program includes a unique ID number assigned to citizens from birth to death, as well as an accompanying ID card and digital signature.

    Ethiopia is also moving forward with its national digital ID initiative, called Fayda. The Ministry of Education has integrated the system into student identification for admissions, records management, licensing, and national exams. The government believes this will enhance identity verification and protect student data.

    Meanwhile, the Philippines is introducing biometric technology into its mobile phones through a partnership between Totm and a Filipino mobile phone manufacturer. This collaboration aims to provide state-backed institutions with the means to conduct KYC checks and improve the country’s digital ID ecosystem.

    Other notable developments include Denmark’s highly successful national ID program, which serves as an example to other countries seeking to deliver government services through digital ID. Furthermore, a policy guide from the G20 and the World Bank highlights the potential benefits of digital public infrastructure in improving financial inclusion and productivity.

    In the realm of digital identity, Onfido’s CEO, Mike Tuchen, discusses the company’s focus on reusable digital identity and the significance of ID verification orchestration. Additionally, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has reorganized its Face Recognition Vendor Test (FRVT) program into separate evaluations for face biometric recognition and data analysis.

    However, it is essential to remain vigilant about potential risks associated with biometric technology. Recent research suggests that biometrics, particularly the use of biometric voter IDs, have been exploited for political purposes in Nigeria. This underscores the need for responsible and ethical deployment of biometrics.

    Overall, the advancements in face biometrics and digital ID systems continue to shape the landscape of airport security and identity verification. These developments have the potential to enhance the travel experience while ensuring robust security measures are in place.

    – [Source 1: Biometric Update]
    – [Source 2: FTE Webinar]
    – [Source 3: Federal Agency]
    – [Source 4: Government Committee]
    – [Source 5: Filipino Mobile Phone Maker]
    – [Source 6: OIX]
    – [Source 7: G20 Policy Guide]
    – [Source 8: Academic Research]
    – [Source 9: Time]
    – [Source 10: Onfido CEO Interview]
    – [Source 11: NIST]