Date: December 6th, 2012
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News: Automated passport checks to be extended in Germany

The interior ministry of Germany announced that automated passport checks are to be extended to more airports

  • The system to be used is the EasyPass Gates system.
  • Travelers are automatically checked for height and a picture of their face is taken.
  • The picture then is checked against the electronic record stored in the passport, comparing the biometric features.
  • On biometric match, the passenger may pass without further contact with the border agents.
  • The core technologies used are biometric facial recognition and RFID of the passport.
  • No previous individual enrollment of the passenger is required.
  • After the system has been used in Frankfurt am Main, the airports of Hamburg, Berlin and Duesseldorf are to be added to the program.
  • The EasyPass system was developed by L1 Identity Solutions which is now part of Morpho, a subsidiary of the Safran S.A, a french multinational defense and aircraft technology provider.

ShadowLife commentary: EasyPass is a prime example of how biometric systems can be used for automated, low cost border passport checks. The same technology however can easily be extended to provide additional inland checkpoints and increases individual dependency on biometric RFID-enabled identity documents.

Sources:

  1. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Flughafenkontrollen-Abfertigungssystem-EasyPass-wird-ausgeweitet-1761689.html (in German)
  2. http://www.heise.de/newsticker/meldung/Erfolgsgeschichte-EasyPass-soll-fortgeschrieben-werden-1076438.html (in German)
  3. http://www.morphotrust.com/
  4. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Safran

 

 

 

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