Sun Microsystems, Oracle, Electronic Data Systems and PwC Consulting have launched a new technology for the U.S. government's security initiative in airports and other transportation hubs. The National Integrated Security Suite combines biometric technology with passenger profiles.
The system will be twofold. One part, the "Known Traveler," is a voluntary passenger registration system that allows passengers to fill out a questionnaire and agree to a background check online or at an airport kiosk. The passenger is then given a "smart card" that contains data from an electronic fingerprinting and an iris scan. The second part, the "Secure Employee," uses similar biometric techniques to register and identify employees. The system builds on the biometric airport security system at Israel's Ben Gurion airport. The system was built by EDS and has been in use since 1998. It also uses Sun's Java technology and Oracle's database technology.