CPB deploys facial recognition system at JFK airport

CBP deploys facial recognition system at JFK airport

Customs and Border Protection has rolled out new facial recognition technology at three terminals in New York City's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

The technology allows CBP officers to compares the facial image on the traveler’s ePassport to an image of the individual captured on site to help verify that a traveler entering the United States matches the passport presented. If the images do not match, CBP officers can conduct further investigation.

The initial deployment will apply to some first-time Visa Waiver Program travelers, and to returning U.S. citizens with ePassports.

The system was developed by Unisys as part of its  Land Border Integration contract with the CBP and was tested last year for three months at Dulles Airport in Virginia last spring.

"The successful tests last year at Dulles Airport proved the ability of the system to efficiently and accurately perform one-to-one facial image comparisons," said Amy Rall, group vice president for the Department of Homeland Security practice at Unisys Federal, said in the release. "This solution can help make the country safer without disrupting travel or sacrificing travelers' privacy.”

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