TSA announces testing of document verification technologies

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National Press Release
Friday, April 13, 2012

WASHINGTON – The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) today announced it began testing new technologies designed to enhance TSA's ability to identify altered or fraudulent passenger identification documents and boarding passes at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD). The technology will also be tested at Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU) in the coming weeks.

In October, 2011, TSA awarded limited contracts to BAE Systems Information Solutions, Inc., Trans-Digital Technologies, LLC, and NCR Government Systems, LLC to provide pilot testing of fraudulent document detection technology to a limited number of airports. Each selected airport will receive a total of six detection units, two units from each vendor. TSA will expand the deployment schedule following successful implementation and testing in the selected airport environments.

"The piloting of this technology is another milestone in TSA's ongoing risk-based security initiative," said TSA Administrator John S. Pistole. "The ability to efficiently and effectively identify fraudulent identity documents and authenticate boarding passes has the potential to not only improve security but also the checkpoint experience for passengers."

This technology, known as Credential Authentication Technology – Boarding Pass Scanning Systems (CAT-BPSS), will scan a passenger's boarding pass and photo ID, and then automatically verify the names provided on both documents match and authenticate the boarding pass. The technology also identifies altered or fraudulent photo IDs by analyzing and comparing security features embedded in the IDs. This system supports TSA's efforts to enhance the passenger screening experience by moving toward a more risk-based, intelligence-driven counterterrorism approach.

TSA's risk-based security measures focus our resources on those passengers that we know the least about. TSA began testing CAT-BPSS at the TSA Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) in 2011 and continue to test the latest technologies available—expanding efforts to address evolving threats and improve the passenger screening experience.

For more information about TSA and other technologies visit www.tsa.gov.