The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA) remains dedicated to advancing and enhancing air security through the incorporation of state-of-the-art technologies like biometrics.
The RAIC progam is the world's first dual biometric airport identification program for non-passengers accessing restricted areas of the airport. The identity cards include a built-in computer chip with a microprocessor and memory to store biometric data of fingerprint and iris templates. The RAIC program includes the cards, fingerprint and iris readers installed in airport terminals and a network infrastructure linking airports to a secure central database. The RAIC program has been fully operational since January 31, 2007 and covers Canada’s 28 major airports.
The RAIC program, in conjunction with non-passenger screening, ensures that restricted areas at airports are kept secure.