Unisys’ John Kendall: Iris Biometrics Viable Tech for Border Security

forensicsBorder security agencies worldwide can implement iris biometrics technology in order to determine the identities of people that enter their country from overseas locations, a Unisys executive has said.

John Kendall, director of public sector and security programs for Unisys’ Asia-Pacific region, wrote in a blog post published Friday on the company’s website technology is available to capture high-resolution iris images that can be added to a database to support efforts to halt use of multiple identities, fraudulent travel documents and stolen passports.

Those databases could also give users the ability to check a person’s identify against lists of “most wanted” criminals, according to Kendall.

The UN World Tourism Organization said that international tourist arrivals reached a record of 1.2 billion in 2015.

International Civil Aviation Organization Document 9303 standards call for new electronic paassports to include facial biometric data on the chip to provide one-to-one verification to the facial image on the chip with options to add fingerprint and iris modalities.

Kendall noted that a facial biometric data recognition system will likely return to agents a long list with similar faces when compared to a large number of previous travelers.

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