First phase of facial recognition trial at Dulles International ends
19 June 2015 15:43 GMT

Global IT firm Unisys has revealed that it played a large role in a Customs and Border Protection facial recognition trial that was recently completed at Dulles International Airport in Virginia.

The system captures live facial images of travelers entering the U.S., and compares those images against those stored electronically in travelers' passports.

Known as the 1:1 Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot, the project aims to determine if facial recognition is viable in assisting Customs Border Patrol Officers in identifying possible imposters using US e-passports.

The solution was provided by Unisys under its Land Border Integration contract with CBP, which was awarded in 2010. As a result of this testing phase of the project at Dulles, Unisys says CBP is considering expanding the program to additional US airports, pending budget approval.

"As cybersecurity and physical technologies continue to converge, technologies such as biometrics are playing an increasingly essential role in keeping us safe online and in the real world," said Amy Rall, group vice president for the Department of Homeland at Unisys Federal. "CBP's new facial recognition solution can make us safer while allowing officers to efficiently move travelers through airports with minimal disruptions – while protecting their privacy."

In March, Documents published online outlined the CBP’s plans for a Facial Recognition Air Entry Pilot, a Targeted Mobile Biometric Air Exit (BE) Experiment and a Pedestrian Biometrics Exit Experiment, all to be launched before Summer.

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