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The Future for Biometrics and Technology in Airports Pt. 1

Right now there seems to be a wide range of biometric technologies available from gait and iris recognition to the current biometrics used in eGates and newer technologies such as brain scanning and voice biometrics that monitor speech patterns to detect lying, but what will be the biometric that will be most used in airports in the future?

Well, to a large extent from a customer and end user perspective the issue as to which biometric modality will play a part in the future airport should become a non-issue. Right now it can seem confusing but in reality those embedded in the industry know that technologies come and go and therefore a platform and manner of utilising multiple biometrics, such as Human Recognition Systems’ MFlow product will play an ever more important role.

As an example, far less than 20 years ago the video file type such as .avi, .mpg .mov, etc. was important now it is not. Software applications have learnt to deal with multiple file types, taking the problem away from the procurer and users of the system.

With the advent of on-board and particularly mobile biometric matching (as can be seen by the likes of Samsung and Apple introductions) the modality of biometrics will be of interest to the application developers only. This will however push an onus onto those verifying the individual’s identity as the most important factor.

Wearable Technology

wearable_techThere are some that see a future where biometrics currently stored in ePassports could be stored in wearable technologies. If this technology was introduced in conjunction with other biometrics such as Iris or Face Recognition, it may be possible to carry out all security checks remotely, making security gates a thing of the past, but just how realistic is that?

Our vision remains for a Biometric end to end Airport experience for passengers from Ticket Booking to arrival at final destination (including downtown arrival). As a result the Concept of Operation for a process without ‘gates’ is entirely achievable.

At least it is entirely achievable for those that are content and happy to gain the utility of a non-stop process in return for sharing their biometric and identity details to permit ‘on the fly’ capture and processing of identity, be that through wearable, mobile or static systems.

Read part two of my look at the future of biometrics in Airports.


To learn more about why you should use biometrics to measure the flow of passengers through their airports, download our white paper or call us on +44 (0)333 456 2001. Alternatively contact us today.

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