Saturday, November 27, 2010

Security industry professionals want biometrics, especially iris recognition, tools as the ultimate identity authentication method to make air travel more secure and pre-empt potential threats of terrorist action.

Biometrics specialist AOptix Technologies, Inc. said it backed a greater use of iris recognition to authenticate passengers on public transport,

especially air travel.

Critics of biometrics security systems say the devices and their data capture capabilities threaten civil liberties and can be subject to abuse.

AOptix said that, as an alternative to patdowns and full body scans, iris recognition will reduce waiting time at airports and help ease the anxiety associated with the security screening process.

"The traveling public is telling us that they would prefer a quick, accurate and non-invasive biometric authentication process as an alternative to full body scans or pat-downs," said Joseph Pritikin, director of Product

Marketing at AOptix.

By securely processing registered travelers with minimal effort, the U.S. Transportation Security Administration could spend "more time on passengers who are unknown and thereby pose a greater threat."

The notion of a registered traveler isn't new to domestic travel. Willing individuals register biographic information, submit to a background check and are enrolled with a biometric identifier that can be used at a later date to verify their identity as they are expedited through the typical security screening process...