Canada opts for iris scanning for US borders

Technology expected to improve security and expedite border clearance

Iris ID has revealed that it will work in collaboration with IBM on providing iris recognition technology to the Canada Border Services Agency’s NEXUS program.

Canada opts for iris scanningEnrolled passengers can now clear customs by simply looking into a camera that uses the eye’s iris as proof of identity.

The biometric technology is expected to improve security and expedite border clearance processes between Canada and the U.S. More than one million pre-approved members of the program will be able to use the authentication process at eight international airports in Canada, 19 land ports of entry, and approximately 430 marine locations.

Members also benefit from expedited security screening lines in preclearance areas at dedicated immigration lanes at more than 100 participating U.S. airports.

Charles Koo, CEO and President of Iris ID

 “We are excited to work with IBM to make the enhancements to the NEXUS program. Iris ID’s iCAM 7 Series and IrisAccelerator backend matching engine are integral parts of the changes to the Nexus program.

A similar system is also being used by Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) across 29 major international airports in Canada for employee identity management and access control.”

The iris-scanning systems enable the validation of the iris-scanning camera, reads the Nexus card, and prints a receipt and other functions.

John Fursey, VP and Partner Public Sector Leader Canada

“IBM is always looking for innovative ways to improve the lives of Canadians so boosting security and reducing time spent in lines at border crossings is something we’re proud to be part of.”

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