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Biometric enrolment support for US registered traveller program

Cogent Systems : 11 December, 2009  (Application Story)
Cogent is teaming with FLO to support the registered traveller program with over 1000 biometric enrolment locations throughout the United States
FLO Corporation, a Registered Traveller (RT) services provider has announced an agreement with Cogent Systems, a global biometric identification solutions provider to governments, law enforcement agencies and commercial enterprises. Under the terms of the agreement the companies will work together to make use of Cogent's national network of over 1,000 biometric enrolment locations for frequent travellers to enrol in the TSA-sponsored RT program. Additionally, Cogent and FLO are working together with airports to restore RT services and develop next-generation solutions for travellers.

The RT program was effectively suspended on June 22, 2009 after the financial failure of Verified Identity Pass's CLEAR program. FLO will be re-launching RT at major airports in January under current TSA guidelines.

'RT represents a tremendous opportunity to impact millions of travelers each year,' said Glenn Argenbright, FLO Corporate Chairman. 'Our agreement with Cogent is truly a game changer for the program. Over the last several years, roughly 200,000 members have enrolled in the program, paying annual subscription fees of between $100 and $200. This is an impressive figure when you consider that there were fewer than 30 RT enrolment centres nationwide. Given Cogent's network of more than 1,000 biometric enrolment locations in the United States, coupled with an aggressive expansion strategy for new markets and airports, we expect to vastly expand the availability and convenience of the program.'

To put things into perspective, consider the following example. Orlando International Airport is the oldest, largest and most mature of all of the previous RT markets. In fact, over the last 12 months, roughly 1 out of every 5 RT customers resided in the Orlando marketplace - despite having only 1 centralised enrolment location onsite at the airport. Under this partnership, customers will have access to over 50 separate enrolment locations within 60 minutes of the Orlando airport, offering convenient enrolment options that greatly expand the program's reach and potential.

'In partnering with FLO, Cogent can now provide to air travellers the same industry-leading biometric enrolment services that corporations and governments have embraced globally,' said James Jasinski, Executive Vice President, Federal and State Systems, Cogent Systems.

Fred Fischer, FLO Managing Partner, stated, 'We are pleased to be working with a company of Cogent's outstanding global capabilities and reputation. Cogent's nationwide coverage of enrolment locations significantly changes RT marketing and fulfilment opportunities, solving what was previously a high barrier to greater adoption. This partnership will offer RT members unparalleled national coverage and significantly drive RT program growth by offering individuals and corporations the flexibility to enrol throughout the United States, regardless of their proximity to an existing RT airport location.'
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