Saflink, Johnson go with FLO
BELLEVUE, Wash.--The previously announced partnership led by biometric access company Saflink, integrator Johnson Controls, Microsoft, credit-supplier JPMorgan Chase, Expedia and ID Technology Partners (see the March issue of Security Systems News) in late April announced their intention to deliver and market FLO (Fast Lane Option), to take advantage of the Transportation Security Administration's Registered Traveler program. In addition, the group added retailer the Paradies Shops to the alliance.
Currently, the GE Security- and Lockheed Martin-affiliated Verified program, headed by entrepreneur Steve Brill, is the only operating solution to the Register Traveler program which collects biometric information from potential members who in return pay a yearly fee for the right to expedited security at airports. A tamper-proof biometric credential allows the participating traveler access to the RT lanes. Verified currently serves 2,000 people per day in the Orlando airport.
On April 20, the TSA announced it is prepared to roll out Registered Traveler in 10 to 20 airports by the third quarter of this year. Part of the RT guidelines call for interoperability among RT solutions, including an open technological platform, and biometric information will be stored in a central information management system, known as the Transportation Security Clearinghouse, managed by the American Association of Airport Executives.
Private companies like FLO and Verified may bid to specific airports for the right to operate the RT program on-site.