Planning a Trip Abroad? The US Government will (mostly likely) Scan your Face
In a major effort to upgrade its systems for the purpose of vetting international travelers, the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) fully intends on increasing its use of facial recognition technology.
Back in March 2017, President Donald Trump issued an executive order, expediting the deployment of biometric verification of the identities of all travelers crossing US borders. In fact, facial recognition is expected to be deployed at the top 20 U.S. airports by 2021 for “100% of all international passengers,” including US citizens. This move is part of a plan to “protect the nation from terrorist activities by foreign nationals admitted to the United States.”
18 years have passed since 9/11, and the global aviation security market, technologies and industry are forecast to go through major shifts. New and maturing technologies, such as Artificial Intelligence, NPR Based threat classification, new High Sensitivity X-ray Detectors, Big Data & Data Analytics, Machine Learning Based automated (EDS & X-ray) image interpretation & Smart Sensors, Cybersecurity, and Facial Biometrics passenger identification technolgies will create new market segments and fresh business opportunities.
According to Homeland Security Research Corporation’s (HSRC) Aviation Security Market 2019-2025 report, the Chinese & US Aviation Security markets will continue to dominate the market, holding together over 50% of market during the forecast period.
According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), it has thus far processed over 19 million travelers with the use of facial recognition technology at airports as well as borders. Out of the (+)19 million travelers, only a little over 100 have been identified as “imposters”, meaning that their identities do not match their identification documents. According to the agency, they have managed to successfully intercept six “imposters” at airports.