Biometrics-based customs system announced

February 2003 Access Control & Identity Management

A pilot project using iris recognition technology has been implemented at Pearson International Airport and Vancouver International Airport in Canada. CANPASS-Air will speed up customs and immigration clearance for travellers to make air travel safer

CANPASS-Air will allow pre-approved travellers to clear customs by simply looking into a camera that recognises the iris of their eyes as proof of identity. Members will also be able to declare goods and pay duties and taxes at the kiosks.

In conjunction with other new technologies, CANPASS-Air checks clients against a security system as if they were meeting an officer in person, and refers suspect clients to further inspection. Limiting the amount of interaction with trusted clients allows customs personnel to focus on people they do not know

The CANPASS-Air program will be expanded to a joint program with the United States, to be piloted at Macdonald-Cartier Airport in Ottawa and Dorval Airport in Montreal next year.

For further information contact Jo Yuill, Mantis Networks, 011 326 4727, jo@mantisnet.co.za





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