• acces control, passport scanner, port security, idverification, face verification, ARH
acces control, passport scanner, port security, idverification, face verification, ARH


Tuesday, 04 September 2018 17:07
As security technology providers, we were thrilled to read the recent news about an impostor who was captured while trying to enter the U.S. with another person’s travel document. What’s more, the fraud of assumed identity was detected by technology: a passport scanner and a face verification algorithm, working in cooperation. Let us see the details of the incident.

As U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported a few days ago:
”On August 22, 2018, a 26-year-old man traveling from Sao Paulo, Brazil presented a French passport to the CBP officer conducting primary inspections. The officer utilized CBP’s new facial comparison biometric technology which confirmed the man was not a match to the passport he presented. The CBP officer referred the traveler to secondary for a comprehensive examination. In secondary, CBP officers noted the traveler’s behavior changed and he became visibly nervous. A search revealed the man’s authentic Republic of Congo identification card concealed in his shoe.”

This is more than just good news, especially for us. Allow some reflections on the incident from a manufacturer’s perspective.
Security technology development is a daunting responsibility: a noble mission to create solutions that prevent crime, fight terrorism and identify and eliminate threats to public safety. By now, society has become used to security technology supposedly protecting the public from dangerous criminals and filtering out any unauthorized person – but one cannot help wondering: is it the same in practice? Without real-life evidence, all you can do is accept it as the truth, trusting the manufacturer and listening to product marketing.
The good news in the above story is that access control technology ideally assists security personnel by spotting fraudulent attempts. Technology works! The credit goes to the developers.

ID check, border crossing, border protection, match face photo, biometric verification
ARH’s suggestion: 3-pillar personal identity check

The three building blocks of personal identity verification technology work hand in hand: a perfect imaging device, a reliable identity document reader and an effective facial comparison biometric module. From ARH’s perspective, our focus has always been on mission-critical passport readers: technology that operates reliably 24/7. Ideally, the matching process is threefold. When using ARH scanners, the face photo in the passport is automatically checked against the digital photo stored in the passport’s RFID chip. Both of these images can in turn be checked with the live view of the bearer’s face via a facial recognition module. The whole process serves a dual purpose: checking document authenticity and verifying the holder’s identity.

Learn more about ARH’s identity solutions here: products.html#passportid

U.S. Customs and Border Protection