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W hen the movie Minority Report came out in 2002, mass biometric scanning was still the stuff of science fi ction. Set in Washington in 2054, it depicts a world where citizens are biometrically monitored, via iris recognition, as they go about their day-to-day business. At the time, this seemed an unlikely scenario, or at least a long way off . But now, 15 years later, that's no longer the case—at least not in terms of technology. Not only is iris recognition widely used, but so, too, are other means of identifying individuals via their physical char- acteristics and behavioral traits. These range from pro- cesses that have been used for years, such as fi ngerprint and facial recognition, to newer and developing methods such as voice authentication; palm and vein matching; and gait, heartbeat, and gesture analysis. As we've seen, this has—and will continue to have— huge implications for all of us. Within the mobility sector, one area in which the impact may be felt most is employee travel to foreign locations. BIOMETRIC TECHNOLOGIES HELP SPOT IMMIGRATION VIOLATIONS Iris recognition isn't the only way officials are keeping an eye on international travel By Carolina Rojas Newman, GMS-T

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