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Biometric applications for immigration
Les applications de la biométrie pour l'immigration

Under construction


(2004) Hong-Kong is checking their citizen at borders.

Lok Ma Chau border control.

Lo Wu Control Point

Honk-Kong Honk-Kong Lo Wu Honk-Kong Honk-Kong Hong-Kong Lok Ma Chau Hong-Kong Lok Ma Chau


USA are checking fingerprint and face foreigners at border. USA requires a "biometric" passport, which is not so "biometric" as it is only a passport with a RFID memory chip that electronically stores the printed data, and so the face. It will be possible in the future to store fingerprint, iris, but this is not mandatory at the moment.

(2008) USA moves to a slap device: 4 fingers are captured at the same time.

Fingerprint and face acquisition at US border Fingerprint acquisition at US border with a slap sensor

Macao, Portuguese consulate

Portuguese consolate accepts electronic passports. Have a look at the two index simultaneously acquired.



Privium Privium

Clear Registered Travellers at JFK airport / San José airport

(2007 Jan)

Clear Registered Traveller at JFK. AP photo/Richard Drew

(2009 Jun 22nd)"Clear lanes are no longer available."

Lessons to learn from the Clear kiosk program's demise (Caroline Cooper)
(In a nutshell, but have a look at the original article): The Clear program was supposed to make life easier for frequent travelers. Members would simply swipe their Clear card at the program's airport kiosk, which would then read their biometric data (fingerprint and iris scans) and submit approval for the attending Clear agent to take them through a special, expedited security line. But the company never was able to properly implement that model.
The technology that they chose did not meet any of the TSA requirements, meaning that Clear travelers that got to the security checkpoint still needed to take their laptop out, still needed to remove their shoes, because you couldn't integrate Clear into a TSA line.

Iraq / US

Iris check of people entering Fallujah. Securimetrics material.



(2007 nov) Fingerprints and face capture at Narita airport. Note the simultaneous two indexs acquisition.

Narita airport fingerprint and face capture Narita airport fingerprint and face capture

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