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You can download a PDF copy of this article¬†by clicking this link. The accuracy of face recognition has increased dramatically. The top performing algorithm in independent evaluations by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is now capable of providing reliable results in real-world environments; the technology is being deployed in airports today¬†to enable everything from automated immigration processes, improved surveillance, security and seamless passenger travel, to the gathering of valuable statistical information pertaining to passenger movements. 1.0 The Business Environment Airports are complex environments involving multiple stakeholders with conflicting requirements: Government and border control. Police. Airport operators. […]

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News that the Iris biometric gates at Manchester and Birmingham airports have been turned off has been widely reported. (BBC: Eye scanners at England airports turned off, Register: Two UK airports scrap IRIS eye-scanners) The comments that this represents a failure of biometric systems started to fly almost immediately. “Multi-million pound eye scanners, billed as a key tool in securing Britain‚Äôs borders, have been scrapped.” “…the technology has been beset by problems,…” … are typical of the comments and headlines making their rounds. I admit the gates were not perfect and did require some getting used to in order to […]

Does turning off the Iris system at Manchester and Birmingham ...



Pressure mounts on Theresa May, and Brodie Clark steps down, citing constructive dismissal. Clark states “Despite pressure to reduce queues, including from ministers, I can never be accused of compromising security for convenience.” Did Brodie Clark exceed his authority?, or is he being made as a scapegoat?, or is this simply a breakdown of internal communication, with both sides believing they are right? The story continues…

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The news last week that Brodie Clarke and Graeme Kyle were suspended from the UK Borders Agency following claims that identity checks were relaxed during busy periods at Heathrow raises some interesting questions. Without passing any judgement, I understand in part both why there may have been pressure to do so, ¬†and the government’s decision to undertake suspensions. ¬†The latter is easier to address. Whatever concerns may have existed, freedom to exercise authority cannot fly in the face of direct ministerial guidance.   Having said that, I’m sure the reasons for doing so were well intentioned, and may have resulted […]

UK BA Suspensions