Since January 2006, the IRIS (Iris Recognition Immigration System) automated biometric border crossing systems delivered to the United Kingdom by Sagem Sécurité has successfully identified more than one million passengers. The identification systems are used for the automated ID checks of pre-enrolled travelers at borders and use iris recognition to ensure frequent travelers a fast, secure immigration process in Heathrow, Gatwick, Birmingham and Manchester airports.
Real-time verification by Immigration Officers of arriving passengers can be a time-consuming process. With the IRIS biometric barrier, any frequent traveler that is a citizen of a European Union country can enroll in the system and then can pass through the IRIS barrier by proving his identity. The IRIS system allows trusted travelers to self-process through immigration control quickly and without need for further checks.
This important milestone follows Sagem Sécurité’s selection in Oman and Jordan for the deployment of identification systems based on iris recognition at over 100 sites, mainly border control crossing stations and airports.