MorphoTrust has been selected by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to supply an authentication technology / boarding pass scanning system (CAT/BPSS) to enhance screening at US airports.
Currently in the trial stage, MorphoTrust's technology will detect fake drivers' licenses, passports, boarding passes and IDs, and compare and authenticate machine and human-readable information from ID cards.
The new system will replace the current process, which relies on the human eye and ultra-violet lights to check the authenticity documents presented by travellers.
According to the company, the new technology will automatically validate multiple security features on identification, as well as enhance the security of screening procedures.
Passenger IDs, including passports, drivers' licences and permanent resident cards, will feature data encoded as barcodes, magnetic strips, embedded circuits and machine-readable text.
CAT/BPSS can capture and display passengers' photographs and data collected during the authentication can be deleted later.
According to TSA, the system can be employed with boarding passes printed from a PC or paperless, as well as through smartphones and other mobile devices.
Following the implementation, passengers have to supply their IDs to TSA members for scanning, as well as self scan boarding passes.
TSA is currently testing the CAT/BPSS solution at three US airports, including Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD), Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Munoz Marin International Airport (SJU).
Image: A passenger at George Bush Intercontinental Airport's Terminal E security checkpoint. Photo: courtesy of Houston Airport