Feeds

Gatwick gets iris recognition

Biometric border control

Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL

Gatwick South has started using an iris recognition system - it is the ninth UK airport terminal to roll out the system.

Project IRIS(Iris Recognition Immigration System) is designed to give travellers resident in the UK, who have no black marks against their name on the immigration database, a means of avoiding normal immigration checks by having their eyes scanned instead.

The project has suffered a couple of delays - it was originally due to go live in 2005 and then pushed back to December 2006.

The UK plan is a trimmed down version of a broader European venture that will involve doing complete background checks and then giving preference to people with squeaky-clean life histories. The Home Office maintains, however, that the UK's IRIS system does not do complete background checks.

But the principle is much the same. Immigration Minister Liam Byrne said in a statement that IRIS "let positively vetted passengers travel faster".

And Liam Byrne should know. On 5 February he visited the iris recognition system in Birmingham and: "He took the opportunity to enrol in the system and use the automated arrival gate." And yesterday Liam Byrne went to Gatwick and, the Government News Network tells us: "He took the opportunity to enrol in the system and use the automated arrival gate."

The Home Office said in a statement that 82,000 people had registered for IRIS since it was installed at Heathrow last January. Those travellers had used the system in 360,000 border crossings at Heathrow Terminals 1, 2, 3 and 4, Manchester Terminals 1 and 2, Birmingham Terminal 1, and Gatwick North. 12.2 million travellers passed through the UK's main airports in April alone. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Israeli spies rebel over mass-snooping on innocent Palestinians
'Disciplinary treatment will be sharp and clear' vow spy-chiefs
Infosec geniuses hack a Canon PRINTER and install DOOM
Internet of Stuff securo-cockups strike yet again
THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug
Metasploit module gobbles KitKat SOP slop
'Speargun' program is fantasy, says cable operator
We just might notice if you cut our cables
Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say
Cupertino slurps 15 cents from every $100 purchase
YouTube, Amazon and Yahoo! caught in malvertising mess
Cisco says 'Kyle and Stan' attack is spreading through compromised ad networks
Hackers pop Brazil newspaper to root home routers
Step One: try default passwords. Step Two: Repeat Step One until success
Greater dev access to iOS 8 will put us AT RISK from HACKERS
Knocking holes in Apple's walled garden could backfire, says securo-chap
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Security and trust: The backbone of doing business over the internet
Explores the current state of website security and the contributions Symantec is making to help organizations protect critical data and build trust with customers.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.