Document Type

Closed Project

Publication Date

Spring 2003


Dundar Kocaoglu

Course Title

Project Management

Course Number

EMGT 545/645


Abstract: As airports and other organizations search for secure authentication methods many organizations are turning to biometric methods. Biometrics measures unique individual characteristics. These characteristics can be behavioral but are more commonly physical. Among the common human traits used in identification/ verification purposes are fingerprints, speech, hand geometry, face, retina, iris and DNA. Each biometric technology can find applications in various levels of security requiring facilities, information networks or electronic transactions. This project will focus on the implementation of one particular biometric technology (iris-scan) at Portland International Airport (PDX), from the project management perspective. Iris scan technology captures points unique to the individuals by scanning the colored part of the eye (the iris). It should be noted that the topic of the project is a hypothetical situation. PDX does currently not utilize iris-scan technology. For our research we made an intense literature search on all biometric techniques, with an added emphasis on iris scan technology. Regarding the applicability of iris scan technology at PDX, we interviewed a project manager from the Port of Portland to learn about airport security and the project life cycle this type of project would see. The Port of Portland is the parent organization that oversees the airport. Our effort mirrors the research that the Port of Portland project team would do if the were planning to install iris-scan biometric technology. The first section of our paper will define various biometric and security related terms. We will then briefly define and analyze the different biometrics currently available. The remaining sections will deal with the how the project teams at PDX would implement iris scan biometrics at the airport including the research into iris-scan technology that they would do. We will show the organizational chart for the areas we are concerned with and the teams that would be formed to implement the project. After all these statements we commented on the close out phase of the project and made some recommendations.


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