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RFID Passport Tests To Begin At San Francisco Airport

The trial is the latest test of the technology by the Department of Homeland Security, joining an earlier trial at the Los Angeles airport.

Since August, the US-Visit program has tested forms with RFID at five United States border crossings: two in Nogales Ariz.; two in Blaine, Wash.; and one in Alexandria Bay, New York.

The RFID projects are just several of the department's ongoing effort to monitor U.S. borders with technology. The US-Visit program also has completed installing all 104 land border port of entry, those staffed with customs and border officials, with biometrics entry capabilities. US-Visit first installed biometric entry procedures at the 50 busiest land border ports along the U.S.-Canada and U.S.-Mexico land borders in December 2004.

Since January 2004, US-Visit has processed more than 44 million visitors, which makes the program the largest-scale application of biometrics in the world, the department said. RFID embedded in I-94 forms used by people who cross U.S. borders frequently, but biometrics has enabled US-Visit to stop more than 970 people with histories of criminal or immigration violations, including federal penitentiary escapees, convicted rapists, drug traffickers, individuals convicted of murder, and numerous immigration violators.

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