In response to last week’s British terror plot that sparked heightened airport security, lengthy passenger checkpoint lines and delayed flights, SmartMetric is offering its practical and fool-proof fingerprint ID card as a solution.
A wallet-size device, the state-of-the-art SmartMetric card is similar to a conventional credit card. However, there is a micro-fingerprint reader embedded in the card’s surface. To activate the card for personal identification, the user touches the card in a designated area, after which a unique, digital signature of the fingerprint is permanently stored on the card. Readings are 99.999% accurate even if a person’s fingers are dirty or calloused. Its security cannot be circumvented by any conventional means.
The tamper-proof card has the potential to minimize the hassle for millions of travelers pouring through airports on a regular basis.
“This card can absolutely verify that the person holding it is indeed its owner,” said Colin Hendrick, president and CEO of SmartMetric, Inc. “A pre- screened airline passenger carrying the card could not transfer his or her personal information to another individual.”
With the airline industry’s post-9/11 attempts to become a more sophisticated security operation, SmartMetric, is strongly encouraging the federal government, including the Department of Homeland Security, airline officials and various security agencies, to adopt its powerful identification technology.
Airport Security ‘Speed-Pass’
Travelers have long complained that security lines are too long at many airports, and that some security measures often seem inconsistent. According to Hendrick, SmartMetric’s technology allows for the “pre-screening” of frequent fliers, or passengers who regularly travel in and out of the same airports. The card’s built-in transmitter, he states, could effectively and efficiently communicate with airport security gates—creating a type of security “speed-pass.”
“The card is ideally suited for this type of application as it would allow for a much faster screening process by airport personnel,” he states. “They could then, in turn, focus their efforts on the people who haven’t passed the pre-screening process, or potential criminals.”