International Automated Systems Announces Biometric System For Airport Security, Based on Patented Technology
Business Wire , Dec 4, 2001
SALEM, Utah--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 4, 2001
International Automated Systems, Inc. (IAUS.OB) today announced that it is developing an airport security system around its patented, market-tested biometric identification technology. The system will enable airlines to match passengers to their tickets and their luggage, a key element of improving travel security.
The company, a pioneer in biometric technology, has U.S. and international patents on taking any type of biometric image (fingerprint, hand, facial, voice and iris), and generating a digital code representing unique characteristics of the image. IAS's biometric technology is already in use as a way to check the identification of consumers using its self-service payment systems. The demand for biometrics has dramatically increased since the tragedy of September 11 and the potential for additional protection from this technology is now widely accepted. Recently passed government legislation for air safety has a provision that provides $70M a year for development of new security technologies and requires the FAA to begin testing, in at least 20 airports, emerging technologies such as biometric identification.
The Next 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. The card or boarding pass holds data matching the photo, name and fingerprint scan to the name on the checked and carry-on baggage. This data is compared a second time at the x-ray security check and a final time at the gate during boarding to ensure the passenger listed on the boarding pass is also the passenger boarding the plane, and that his or her baggage has not been switched.
This data is helpful for airline carriers to provide positive baggage match for passengers and their luggage, an issue raised recently by the Association of Flight Attendants in testimony to the U.S. Congress. A positive baggage match system ensures that no checked bag can be loaded on a plane until each passenger has boarded the flight.
"IAS's mission is to turn science into technology products for companies in growing industries, but this technology has exciting benefits for each and every one of us as we move through the airports of this country to visit family and friends," said IAS president and chief executive officer Neldon Johnson. "IAS will begin demonstrating this technology to airport authorities, airlines, unions and current security staffing organizations to bring biometrics into the current infrastructure and augment the nation's air travel security procedures."
About International Automated Systems, Inc.
Founded in 1988, International Automated Systems, Inc., is a research and development company that develops high-technology products for diverse markets such as biometric security, energy production, wireless communications, consumer purchasing and financial transactions. The company, with more than 15 patents or patents pending, is based in Salem, Utah.
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