Next-generation biometric solution developed for Canadian trusted traveler program

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Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) by Vancouver International Airport has announced that its proprietary line of self-service, biometric-enabled kiosks, BorderXpress, has been configured to meet the requirements of the Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernized NEXUS program. 

BorderXpress NEXUS features tap-and-go RFID technology and utilizes state-of-the-art facial recognition software to verify members’ identity, replacing the old iris recognition technology.

“This is another big first for us – being the first Canadian airport to offer NEXUS members an enhanced and more seamless border clearance process. I know our frequent travelers that utilize NEXUS will be pleased with this modernized solution,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO, Vancouver Airport Authority. 

NEXUS is a joint CBSA and US Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) operated trusted traveler program designed to speed up border crossings for low-risk, pre-approved travelers into Canada and the USA. Vancouver International introduced 11 next generation NEXUS kiosks in October 2019, dedicated to facilitating the trusted traveler program. 

Using the new kiosks, NEXUS members will tap or scan their NEXUS card and capture a photo to verify their identity using facial recognition technology before proceeding to a CBSA officer for final inspection. 

ITS has also sold its BorderXpress NEXUS solution to Halifax Stanfield International Airport and Montréal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport, with deployments scheduled later this year.

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