Biometric Scanning

World Events Happening During Feast of Trumpets; How Biometric Identity Enables Safe and Secure Air Travel in the New Normal

Revelation 13:16-17 And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

5G + Biometric Facial / Hand Scanning + Digital / Cashless Transactions + Mark of Approval / Authorization = Tomorrow’s Economy (2020)

Biometric scanning used for migrant/border control, secure identity verification and approval, government benefits, domestic and international travel security, economic inclusion of everyone, buying/selling transactions and fund transfers, instantaneous speed of transaction and convenience, VAT/taxation collection, mobility, social credit score and ranking, population movement and tracking, monitoring political and religious ‘extremism’ (terrorists). ‘Mark, number or name’ for verification and approval.

World Events Happening During Feast of Trumpets; How Biometric Identity Enables Safe and Secure Air Travel in the New Normal

September 17, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the commercial aviation industry into a state of accelerated transformation as demand for a safe, hygienic, and secure way to fly skyrockets. The core of this major change is biometric identity, which can be deployed in a contactless and convenient manner promoting social distancing and touchless user experience. As a pioneer of border control biometrics and contactless authentication technologies, it’s no surprise IDEMIA is already working to adapt airports to the new normal.

That is the starting point for this interview with Pedro Alves, IDEMIA‘s Vice President, Business Development, Extended Borders. Alves speaks to FindBiometrics President Peter O’Neill about IDEMIA’s history in aviation, and how the company is already making moves to enable positive travel experiences for passengers in the new normal. The conversation jumps off from the border control sector to take an expanded view of how the biometric technology making airports safe again can be applied to healthcare, government, sports, and even the entire smart city ecosystem of the future. (Smart City, ‘aka’ NEOM Babylon)

Read the full FindBiometrics interview with Pedro Alves, Vice President, Global Business Development, Extended Borders, IDEMIA:

Peter O’Neill, President, FindBiometrics: We are indeed in unique times. As we slowly open up, air travel is one of those areas where amazing technology is now truly providing frictionless smooth passage right from initial boarding straight through to the destination airport experience. Can you please tell us about IDEMIA’s latest touchless airport solutions?

Pedro Alves, Vice President, Global Business Development, Extended Borders, IDEMIA: Very good question Peter, and yes, what we bring to the table makes perfect sense more than ever before. First off, how we look at travel and how air passengers are handled, we need to come up with a passenger friendly solution and what we’re talking about is really our core business, and that is: identity and biometrics.

Let’s just look at how far things have changed over the years. If we consider what passengers went through years ago when things were pretty much manual – from then to where we stand today in terms of automation – IDEMIA has really done a lot to transform the air travel experience. Let’s not forget we were involved in the first ever automated border control systems in Australia.

We also played a big part in the first ever pilot sweep passenger biometrics in the world, allowing passengers processing themselves. Focusing on people is in our blood. When people are in an airport, they are passengers, but as you know, our focus is always people-centric, based on biometrics and identity.

Going back to your question, what have we done to date? Basically, we’ve worked side-by-side with government agencies, airports and airlines around the world, making sure that the new normal can be both operationally efficient while also ensuring maximum passenger security and an enjoyable and smooth experience.

So, at the end of the day, we work with all involved parties on three matters. First and foremost, security that, more than ever before, must be rock solid.

Next comes health. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot. Beforehand, we used to focus attention on passengers carrying fraudulent ID documents or suspects / persons of interest. Nowadays, we’ve got to think about passengers’ health, and health data communication, so that border agencies can decide whether a given passenger may board a plane or not. This is a new perspective for a critical industry on the path to rebuild trust from passengers.

Lastly, we think hard about passenger experience and comfort. I would like to point out that we’ve always done our utmost so that biometrics controls mean that passengers can pass quickly and hassle-free through border controls throughout their journey. You mentioned this starts with boarding. In fact the journey starts even before then when passengers check in with their mobile phone.

What I’d like to stress is that we’ve been working very closely with all parties involved, government agencies, airports, and airlines, on all these three matters – security, passenger comfort, and health – to make sure that we take good care of all of them in the new normal.

Peter O’Neill: We’ve seen this pandemic accelerate several trends that we had already been seeing in our industry in various vertical markets, like telehealth, digital onboarding in finance, remote work, and yes, travel. Will this be the end of, for example, physical documents in travel? Will digital biometric IDs be the new normal?

Pedro Alves: Well to give you a blunt answer, no. We really don’t believe that COVID will mark the end of paper documents. We think and support that digital versions of paper documents can speed up some controls to some extent. But I don’t believe that digital IDs will take the place of paper documents completely. We defend the position that there are benefits in using digital versions of paper ID documents when you’ve got a trustworthy source of identity, and that’s what we call for at IDEMIA.

Once you’ve got a trustworthy source of identity together with biometrics, there are indeed benefits when processing passengers for both convenience and security. As you may have realized, we’ve also got an identity management platform that covers all steps in the passenger journey, and also enables interoperability between all parties involved at the right level of data.

So all in all, we believe and advocate a paper document will continue to be needed. As you know, there are some people who advocate using just a digital document. We don’t, and I don’t see things are going that way either. But I’ll say again, digital versions of paper documents may indeed make passenger journeys smoother and border controls faster and more secure generally.

Peter O’Neill: I liked the way you put that. It’s more of an accelerator rather than an outright replacement of physical documents. I guess what we’re seeing in the marketplace is that, again, these accelerated trends are moving so quickly now, everything from digitizing your driver’s license to digitizing your passport. So, we are definitely in very interesting times, and it will be fascinating, in five (5) to seven (7) years, to see what the future will look like. (2020-2027, ‘mark – number or name of the beast, right hand – forehead).

For years, we’ve been talking about frictionless, seamless travel through airports, and it was always this future-gazing scenario. But your solution has it right now, right from digital onboarding straight through to the end of your journey. Quite remarkable. Can you give us an example of where this technology is being utilized right now?

Pedro Alves: There are countless examples. One of the best so far is the Dutch and Canadian governments’ joint project, while we’re working closely with both. Then you’ve got an ID checking procedure that basically will mean that security staff can check before departure that passengers are allowed to travel, as well as checking passenger identity.

We’ve come a long way since we started on this path many years ago. What we see nowadays is that things are changing really fast and people are increasingly demanding both touchless solutions and biometrics to usher in services and processes that will shore up security while improving passengers’ experience. IDEMIA has been defending this motto and delivering this around the world.

China is another example. Their controls are not completely paperless but they’re gradually moving in that direction. They were designed like that, so this was not down to technical weaknesses, but they’re moving in that direction.

The main point I want to emphasize is that, in the current pandemic and market, what we see every day is that governments are upping demand for our services because clearly they want to secure their borders and keep their countries safe. Biometrics and identity are playing an ever bigger part in border controls, more so than ever before.

Beforehand, it used to be just a matter of passenger convenience and comfort. Sometimes airport management wanted to boost efficiency and maximize retail and duty free sales while airlines sought to shorten aircraft turnaround time. But nowadays biometrics and identity are more focused on security, and they still want to make controls more convenient.

Yes, demand these days is really booming, even if passenger volumes have not yet reached pre-COVID levels, and it will be some time before they do. Meanwhile most airports and governments around the world are looking to the future while passenger numbers are down to introduce biometrics and identity management platforms.

Peter O’Neill: I had an opportunity to view a video that you created to outline your technology. Quite remarkable how far it’s come. I guess certain products are helping to facilitate this, like the MorphoWave solution that allows you just to swipe your hand over a multi-fingerprint reader without touching anything. That’s only been around for probably six (6) years or so. To see it come this far so fast is quite noteworthy.

When I look at this technology, it has so many uses outside of airports and travel. Can you describe some other areas where you will take this technology? For example, healthcare comes to mind. Are there certain vertical markets you think that all of this will also start to see growth?

Pedro Alves: I couldn’t agree more, there are many other potential uses of this technology. This is what we at IDEMIA have been calling for and what I said a couple of minutes ago regarding our people-focus. Aviation and travel are a microcosm of what we could achieve in society at large. I mean a smart city, for example, where airports and borders are just small parts of the whole ecosystem.

To answer your question directly, there are countless opportunities to use biometrics to step up security. Biometrics can be used for entering government buildings and any access control to critical facilities, like hospitals for example. Biometrics and identity management platforms would also come in handy at big sports events to make sure security is tight.

Then again, all opportunities outside the travel industry have people and their identity at their core, and which services can be enhanced with biometrics. Potential opportunities are vast. I’ve just named a few – government, healthcare and sports events – but if you think about a smart city, I think opportunities really are endless.

Peter O’Neill: Moving forward, what are some of the ways that we can ensure safety, security, and convenience for travelers looking down the road?

1 Thessalonians 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape

Pedro Alves: If I may, I’d like to add another field to your list and that is privacy. Clearly we’re committed to working with all parties involved to make sure we help them achieve their goal to rebuild trust in all aspects of life today, be that aviation, border control or passenger convenience, and comfort. We do our utmost to help governments and business in this process. This is our underlying mission.

Turning to the future, we think things look very bright. We were all taken by surprise when COVID came along. No one could have imagined what happened. But now our core business is being transformed. For instance, now we’ve got to come up with more touchless solutions and make sure they are secure.

When we look to the future, and how the industry is being reshaped, we see that digital once again is key. There are heaps of mobile applications for us to go for like the smart bio SDK that we provide, all mobile processes in today’s society, except document checks of course.

For instance, we can process passenger data even before arriving at the airport using platforms that we offer like our travel analytics suite. As soon as a journey is booked, passenger data can be crosschecked against external reference databases and analyzed via a risk assessment procedure for security clearance purposes. IDEMIA’s Traveler Analytics Suite addresses all the critical steps of an effective passenger data management project. It helps government agencies detect persons of interest and identify suspicious patterns.

We look at all aspects of each of these matters. We don’t anticipate finding an easy solution. All parties involved – governments, business, and us- need to work together seeking long-term solutions.

This is what we’re shaping with our partners. What I can say – the future is definitely in our hands. 

Peter O’Neill: Again, after watching your video, I think I’m looking at the future. Having been in this industry for many years and talking about solutions like this coming to the market – we’re there now. It creates an exciting opportunity. The pandemic has pushed some of these trends forward and passengers are going to be looking for some of these frictionless opportunities as travel starts to ramp up again.

I’d like to congratulate you on an amazing solution, and thank you again for describing it for us. We really appreciate your time today.

Pedro Alves: It was a pleasure, thank you very much, Peter.

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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