By now, attendees to sporting events, visitors to office buildings, and especially frequent fliers are all quite familiar with the technologies used at security checkpoints. You arrive at the security checkpoint, check your bags, show your ID and maybe your ticket or boarding pass, throw away the coffee or water you’ve been chugging, and then wait in a long line until it is your turn to be screened. Though the lines can be inconvenient, these safety measures are in place for a reason: they work. Scanning technologies have been around for years and are essential to the security of our critical infrastructure and those who pass through it every day.
Now, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with industry to help the systems, whether at airports, government facilities, border checkpoints, or public spaces like arenas, to work faster and smarter. Soon, using emerging biometric technologies, you can opt-in to be confirmed and on your way to your final destination in a matter of seconds.