US considering biometric exit strategy

US considering biometric exit strategy

Biometric technology could be a boon for the security and optimization of the United States' transportation industry. According to findBiometrics, the International Biometrics and Identification Association recently released a report indicating the benefits that biometric exit could provide in relation to homeland security and anti-terrorism efforts.

"If we can do it for them coming in," said Kenneth Gantt, the acting deputy director of the Department of Homeland Securityʼs Office of Biometric Identity Management. "How come we can't do it for them going out?"

While the DHS's policy chief David Heyman notes that the border, aviation and port infrastructure wasn't built with exit screening in mind, the potential is there to track the departure of foreign vis​itors in connection with visa registries and terrorism watch​ lists.

By investing in biometric security, border control could be optimized for both entrance and exit while establishing stronger management over national security to keep citizens safe without infringing on their rights.

Biometrics are already exploding for building access control, why not for controlling the access to the nation? Furthermore, high-quality biometric solutions can include anti-passback strategies – requiring authentication upon the exit of a room or building – this concept simply expands that potential to a much broader scale.

Organizations are able to optimize their security compliance and implement stronger measure for the protect and utilization of high-end security technology by deploying biometrics. This is critical for businesses looking to protect their data centers, or offices dealing in highly sensitive information on a regular basis looking to improve the management of personnel's access to their facilities.

Rather than worrying about how to improve protection, organizations should focus on the potential for technologies already in circulation – biometrics.

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