Goodbye, long lines: 17 Biometric Passport Stands at Israel’s largest airport to motivate citizens to change their current ID system over to biometric.
By Tova Dvorin
Israel took another step toward biometric identification on Wednesday, introducing 17 biometric passport stands to the Passport Control section of Ben-Gurion airport, according to Channel 10.
Interior Minister Silvan Shalom (Likud) uses new biometric passport system – Screenshot
Four stations already were in place as part of a pilot study for the program, which waives the long lines at Passport Control and allows Israelis and tourists to pass instead via a facial recognition system. Continue Reading »
The biometric database isn’t yet mandatory, so don’t become the gov’t’s ‘guinea pigs’, there is no need to rush & volunteer to join it, says the former minister.
Beginning Monday, the new biometric database system goes into effect in test areas, with the first set to be Rishon Lezion. The system is planned to eventually replace identity cards, and will be mandatory, but for now, the system is voluntary. Residents of Rishon Lezion can register with the biometric database, with the information used to grant them access to government offices and other facilities where presenting an ID card is usually necessary. Continue Reading »