In the modern era of fast-developing technologies, you can find futuristic-looking equipment just about anywhere. When it comes to crossing the borders of such technologically advanced countries as USA or Canada, you may feel like stepping into a Sci-Fi movie. The contemporary safety checks at the airports would even have impressed such science fiction gurus as Ray Bradbury and Gene Roddenberry.
Facial Recognition Technologies
While these technologies are not yet available at all airports, they are bound to be included in the list of border screening tools. Perhaps they will soon replace retina and iris scanning technologies currently used by NEXUS.
While the facial recognition software is already developed, it’s spreading is hindered by such problems as storage efficiency and processing power limitation. However, such problems are bound to be solved in the nearest future. Facial recognition technologies capture a person’s image several times, process the information, store it digitally, and analyze the facial features.
At the moment, plastic surgery done at modern clinics with state-of-the-art equipment, such as Dubai Plastic Surgery Clinic, may pose a threat to facial recognition technologies. New approaches to digital modeling of possible changes after plastic surgery are being developed.
Fingerprint Scanning Technologies
Fingerprint scanning used to be the subject of many discussions in the USA. At first, some citizens were against such approach due to some privacy concerns. However, the growing number of terrorist attacks in the world are making people more scared for their safety than their privacy.
Unlike the documents, fingerprints are close to impossible to forge, which makes such scanning a viable method of maintaining legal border crossing. Right now, the fingerprint scanning technology is already used at some of the busiest USA airports, such as JFK and Dulles. By 2018, Homeland Security is planning to introduce the system in up to 20 airports in the country.
Iris Scanning Technologies
Iris scanning was introduced back in 2016 at the Otay Mesa Mexican border. Since then, the technologies have been developing further and retina scanning may be moving to settle at many USA border crossings. Initially, the iris scanning was developed to help track foreigners who try to cross the border with expired visas.
Biometric testing is spreading at the speed of light and may soon be fully complemented by the above-mentioned facial recognition. Homeland Security representatives believe that iris scanning at entrance and exit can help reduce the number of people, who overstay their welcome in the USA.
While initially, such scanning was aimed at Mexican citizens, it can bring to light other illegal visitors. As “next door” neighbors, Canadians often overstay the allotted visiting time and may be banned from entering the USA. In order to keep traveling, they can apply for US entry waiver.
Technologies are developing at the speed of light and besides making it harder to cross the border illegally; they are making it easier for legal visitors to go about their business. Perhaps in the nearest future, the lines at the borders will be substantially reduced.