In airports on both sides of the Atlantic, BioWise is taking off as a leader in the provision of multi-biometric and multi-modal identification and authentication middleware for safer air travel.
Working with SITA and UNISYS, the BioWise system is in use in the US’ large-scale registered traveller’s pilot programme for internal flights. “In return for registering,” explains André Oeyen, Managing Director of BioWise, “they will be considered as trusted travellers and will be granted some privileges, allowing them to pass faster through the airport gate.” This is only once they are accepted into the programme, and have their smartcard with their biometric details authenticated at the BioWise kiosk. During registration travellers have both their index fingers and irises scanned and stored according to International Civil Aviation Organisation recommendations for biometric information storage, and have valid forms of identification checked by the police authorities.
Initially deployed in airports in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Houston for a trial period of 90 days, after well over 120 days it is still in use by thousands of registered travellers instead of the planned hundreds. Its reported popularity among travellers make it likely that more kiosks will be rolled out next year across the 500 US airports that qualify for this kind of infrastructure, believes Oeyen.
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