July 25, 2005

Biometrics and Kiosks - Registered Traveler Kiosk in Orlando

The nations first privately sponsored Registered Traveler program with biometric kiosks sanctioned by the Homeland Security Department began operating this week at Orlando International Airport in Florida.

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Registered Traveler takes off from Florida

By Alice Lipowicz
Staff Writer

The nations first privately sponsored Registered Traveler program sanctioned by the Homeland Security Department began operating this week at Orlando International Airport in Florida.

Since June 21, when the program began accepting enrollments, about 4,000 people have paid an annual fee of $79.95 each to sign up and submit to background checks.

Once cleared, they receive special biometric smart cards to benefit from speedier clearance procedures through the airport. The smart cards contain chips with biometric information that allows the registered travelers to proceed through checkpoints more quickly.

Lockheed Martin Corp. and New York-based Verified Identity Pass Inc. are operating the program in partnership with the Homeland Security Department and the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority.

The program requires registered travelers to submit 10 fingerprints a standard that was selected because it is compatible with the FBIs Integrated Automated Fingerprint Identification System, a large criminal database of 45 million prints, said Jim Carlson, manager of business development for biometrics with Lockheed Martin.

Background checks on enrollees are performed by DHS Transportation Security Administration and checked against FBI and other databases.

A lot of people, as demonstrated by our enrollment, would gladly give up their information to regain some of the simplicity of using air travel, Carlson said.

The program will enable us to move more passengers through the airport in a timely manner while maintaining the highest standards of safety and security, C.W. Jennings, executive director of the aviation authority, said in a news release.

The number of enrollees to date is twice as many as projected estimates, said Steven Brill, chief executive of Verified Identity Pass. Its great that all of these memberswhose numbers are more than double where we thought wed be so soon after we began enrollmentcan now use their memberships here in Orlando. We hope this is the beginning of what will be a nationwide program.

About 31 million passengers use Orlandos airport each year.

The department also has been sponsoring its own limited Registered Traveler programs at airports in Minneapolis, Washington, Houston, Boston and Los Angeles airports for the past year.

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Posted by keefner at July 25, 2005 07:45 PM