Step: Airport Security Scanning Technology
IAS has already created a working demo of its biometric system for airport security.
The system will integrate with the existing check-in and security infrastructure
to provide greater protection for travelers and airline and airport employees.
How it Works
When a passenger checks in for a flight with this scanner, he or she keys in an
airline confirmation number for the flight. IAS's airport security scanner takes
a digital photograph of the passenger, scans his or her fingerprint, and scans a
proper piece of identification (drivers license, passport, etc.). It then matches
these identity points to the boarding pass and to the checked and carry-on baggage,
which are then assigned a bar code. This data can be stored in a file as small as
100 bytes, which fits easily onto the magnetic stripe of a credit or "travel" card,
or the magnetic stripe found on boarding passes. This is dispensed for the passenger
to use throughout additional security checks in the airport.