Report: Canadian airports to deploy biometric program

Friday March 03, 2017
Written by Staff
According to a CBC report, Canadian airports will begin rolling out biometric technology for a new traveller screening program. The first airport to receive the technology will be Ottawa.

The article states:

The kiosks will begin appearing at Ottawa International Airport this spring, according to multiple sources, and the rollout will continue into 2018, CBSA says.

The Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program, as it is called, has been in the works since at least 2015, and "will provide automated traveller risk assessment" a CBSA tender describing the program reads.

The facial recognition feature appears to be similar to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's 1-to-1 Facial Comparison Project, which uses facial recognition to compare a traveller's face with the image stored on their electronic passport.

Read the full story on the CBC website here.

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