United States takes first step in biometric technology



The implementation of the biometric facial system in all international airports in the United States, in charge of the Customs and Border Control Office (CBP), as of this month is already a reality, being a requirement to pass customs and get on the plane.

In an interview with A21, Fernando Gómez, an independent analyst of the aviation sector, stated that the implementation of this technology had been in the plans for a long time, including bilateral ones such as the so-called Mérida Plan.

He commented that for years people have been thinking about how to register people from their country of origin, from their boarding point to the United States, always with the aim of avoiding risks, “such as the entry of people with other intentions, especially in times of some attacks registered in the past”.

He explained that for its implementation in Mexico, there is a complicated scenario because we are in a situation where there are airline debts or a lack of cash flow, or also, as in the specific case of the Mexico City International Airport (AICM), suffering from lack of maintenance problem.

However, -he added- the installation of biometrics is urgent because it is something that must be established and approved in all airports, but the dilemma is that there are no resources given the situation of the airlines and the industry in general.

For his part, Gerardo Guarneros, director of Legal and Regulatory Compliance at NA-AT Technologies, commented that in order to access users' confidential information, minimum parameters must be met, such as the use of certified servers and hardware.

“Any use of biometric technology has to support where this database is going to live, demonstrate that all this is encrypted, that everything is encrypted in the tunnels, or in the channels through which the data travels, to guarantee the security of the information. information," he added.

“Thus, biometric technology at airports, in this case, is used to have greater certainty of who is the person in front of us, it is about having better control with greater fluidity of the traveler's staff, forming an ecosystem in a more natural way” said Guarneros.

He explained that biometrics will be the new way of identifying oneself in the future, but added that airports do not need to have a biometric database, what they need is to have a good connection with those that already have one.

The specialist referred that the use of biometrics is the trend for the future, that when we arrive at the bank branch, a credential is no longer required to identify oneself, but it will be based on their own traits.

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