OCTOBER 15--SMO Multimedia (Everson, WA; www.smomedia.com) has entered into a business alliance with Imagis Technologies Inc. to incorporate Imagis facial imaging technology in airport kiosk installations in the United States. SMO is working toward relationships with many security and facial-recognition companies to create an array of services available to its potential clients. In addition, SMO has launched a new Security Division to its Airport Information Systems to support SMO's airport kiosk expansion.
SMO's new Security Division plans to integrate fingerprint and facial-recognition technologies in a fully functioning unit or as a stand-alone system marketed to airports and office buildings. Imagis specializes in biometric facial recognition technologies that have been successfully installed in the United States, Canada's Pearson International Airport, as well as abroad.
Roni Trehy, vice president of Airport Operations to the SMO board of directors, stated, "These new developments in our Airport Service offerings are very encouraging, and we believe that we can integrate these technologies for the benefit of travelers everywhere. Being a former El AL employee, I know where the transitions are needed to strengthen our domestic airports. This is just the first step we are taking to build a dynamic system that offers a host of technologies for all security and service needs."