Border 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.