Biometrics and business travel
See how biometrics can transform and streamline business travel
What are biometrics?
The French National Commission for Information Technology and Civil Liberties (CNIL) defines biometrics as 'a set of computerised techniques that can be used to automatically recognise an individual based on physical, biological and even behavioural characteristics.' And with four billion air passengers in 2017, it’s no wonder that authorities need to keep tabs on just who exactly is crossing the border, and to be able to quickly determine if a person is authorised to do so. Perhaps most surprising today is the speed of testing phases.
In 2015, Alaska Airlines launched a check based on digital fingerprinting technology for access to airport business lounges and for boarding the plane without having to show your passport. Schipol Airport and the airline KLM are planning to roll out a face-recognition kiosk in 2018 specially for 'biometric boarding'. Similarly, Air France is set to launch its 'selfie ID' technology, which will use the traveller's photo on their smartphone. The photo is authenticated by associating it with their passport's NFC chip.
Speed at the expense of data?
The main issue at the moment is knowing whether the data used is stored or not. The fact that data is being stored and protected by official bodies and private organisations certainly doesn’t reassure everyone, and is currently a matter of debate.
What the future holds
In airports of the future, traditional security facilities are highly likely to be a thing of the past for passengers, without there being any less security in place. Business travellers will no longer be put under pressure by endless controls, and biometrics will help them gain precious time, which they can then use to plan their next trip.
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