Thu, Oct 06, 2011
New Document Verification Systems Required For Change
The Transportation Security Administration announced Monday it
will purchase and pilot new technologies designed to provide TSA
greater ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger
identification credentials and boarding passes in order to further
enhance travel safety. TSA plans to test the technology at select
airports in early 2012.
TSA Administrator John Pistole explains, “This technology
will automatically verify passenger identification documents and
boarding passes to further enhance security. This technology will
help facilitate risk-based security, while making the process more
effective and efficient.”
The technology is known as CAT-BPSS, short for Credential
Authentication Technology – Boarding Pass Scanning Systems.
TSA says it will eventually replace the current procedure used by
security officers to verify fraudulent or altered documents. It
will be incorporated into TSA’s risk-based pilot that is
slated to begin at four airports in the near future.
The award of about $3.2 million includes the purchase of 30
systems from three different vendors. TSA began testing travel
document authentication technology at the TSA Systems Integration
Facility in July.
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