ExpertFlyer's Recent Interview with Tascent Explores How Biometrics Technology May Soon be Coming to an Airport Near You

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Tascent VP of Marketing and Product Management Explains How Iris Recognition and Other Biometrics Can Expedite Security Checkpoints and Make Flying an Enjoyable and Personalized Experience Once Again

Joey Pritikin, VP of Marketing & Product Management

Biometrics has already been adopted in some meaningful ways that positively impact travelers around the world

Most consumers engage with biometrics technology everyday without realizing it. Touch screen mobile devices with fingerprint recognition for secure access, voice recognition for hands-free communication, and facial recognition to help organize digital image libraries are only a few ways consumers are interacting with biometrics technology today. But if they asked Joey Pritikin, Vice President of Marketing & Product Management at Tascent, a leading manufacturer of biometrics technology, iris recognition is the game changer in this industry. The overall speed, accuracy, stability, and non-invasive nature of iris recognition are what make it a great solution to many security issues and concerns today, including consumer air travel.

ExpertFlyer recently interviewed Mr. Pritikin to learn more about biometrics technology and its benefits to the airline industry and travelers worldwide. In its broadest definition, biometrics is the use of unique human characteristics to establish and verify individual identity. More specifically, biometrics offers a great opportunity to streamline the entire air travel process by automating identity checks, thereby reducing wait times and allowing travelers to spend more time relaxing, working, shopping or dining, rather than standing in line.

“Biometrics has already been adopted in some meaningful ways that positively impact travelers around the world,” explains Pritikin. “Tascent currently enables Dubai’s Smart Counter / Smart Gate system, which offers comprehensive biometric border management and automated clearance with iris recognition. UAE has effectively used iris recognition for over a decade for border security, but because of the speed, accuracy, and intuitive experience offered by Tascent’s InSight Duo iris recognition system, we’ve helped Dubai Airport to leverage biometrics on a much broader scale to reduce wait times and improve traveler experience while supporting key security initiatives.”

“Biometrics technology already plays an important and convenient role in our lives and adopting its benefits to provide greater security measures for government agencies at airport checkpoints and borders has tremendous potential,” says Chris Lopinto, president and co-founder of “The use of this technology is certainly one way to improve the overall experience at the airport and make the process of airline travel less stressful.”

Looking ahead, Pritikin expects to see fast, accurate, and easy-to-use biometric systems being used to automate identity checks and expedite travel, from check-in and bag drop to security lines and automated airplane boarding. He also expects to see mobile devices used in the airport and even in-flight to facilitate program enrollment, offer VIP services, and help streamline immigration and other processes that would typically be time-consuming for travelers, airlines, and government agencies alike. Finally, as the use of biometrics continues to evolve, Tascent expects to see air travel become more personal again, with airlines using biometrics not only to facilitate identity verification, but also to offer highly tailored services in the airport and in the air.

In terms of cost, the use of biometrics will allow airlines, airports, and government agencies supporting air travel to be more efficient with their human resources and physical space. This would provide more human interactive services for those travelers who need assistance and pay for itself in the process.

To read the entire interview with Joey Pritikin at Tascent, please visit ExpertFlyer's blog.

About Tascent
Tascent develops and deploys biometric identity products and solutions that excel in challenging real-world environments. Each year, tens of millions of people rely on Tascent’s biometric technologies for secure, seamless travel and commerce. Founded in 2015, Tascent has a strong heritage in iris recognition and multimodal high-throughput and mobile biometrics stemming from its acquisition of AOptix Technologies’ Identity Solutions business unit. Tascent is based in Silicon Valley, CA and supports customers and partners globally with offices in Washington, DC, Dubai and Singapore.

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