STONEHAM, Mass. -- The miSense biometric airport security trials at Heathrow Airport that used nCipher (LSE: NCH) encryption and database security technology have received a positive response from passengers. According to a report released today, the vast majority of people who participated in the miSense trails would recommend the service to their fellow travelers.
The comprehensive report evaluates the experiences and feedback of the 3,166 passengers who took part in the voluntary trials in Heathrow's Terminal 3 during a sixteen week period. It is widely regarded as one of the largest and most comprehensive trials of biometrically-enabled access control ever to be conducted in an operational transport environment.
The report finds that passengers not only accept the need for biometric technology as a means of providing increased levels of security, but also believe that it can significantly improve their journey through the airport. The quantitative and qualitative research found that passengers thought that the miSense biometric technology was easy to use and reduced waiting times at security screening and passport control.
nCiphers Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) were deployed in the miSense system to generate and protect the unique cryptographic keys that were used to identify and validate each traveler based on their biometric information. In addition, nCiphers database encryption solution was used to protect stored passenger information and passport details in order to ensure compliance with data protection legislation.
People want better airport security, but also want to avoid the long delays that might result from increased scrutiny of passengers, says Alex van Someren, chief executive officer at nCipher. The miSense trials have shown that an effective and well implemented biometric solution can increase protection and also improve the passenger experience. Protecting the integrity of stored passenger information underpins the security of miSense and we are delighted that nCipher technology has played an important role in the success of the trials.