Gearing up for summer travel? We are too! We are excited to announce a partnership with Uber that makes getting to the airport just as easy as getting through security with CLEAR. Here at CLEAR we love how simple Uber makes getting to and from the airport (and for those around town needs too!) which is why we have been working hard on rolling out a partnership program together. When you use the two products together you can expect a seamless, easy travel experience. Head to the airport in an Uber and get through security with CLEAR all with just the touch of a finger. No lines. No hassles. No brainer.
Uber riders in Denver are also eligible for a 3 month trial of CLEAR with a discounted renewal rate. See http://blog.uber.com/CLEAR-DIA for more information.
Starting on May 1, existing CLEAR members and any Giants fan (with priority given to Giants Season Ticket Members) who sign up for CLEAR will be able to use our Fast Access lane to enter AT&T Park! Starting with a designated lane at the Willie Mays Gate, our biometric platform will prescreen fans, and with the touch of a finger, provide them faster entry into the park.
This partnership with the San Francisco Giants is our first expansion outside of the travel industry, and we are excited to bring the same gold standard of security and speed that our members experience in airports to AT&T Park. As safety becomes a continued point of emphasis for the MLB, CLEAR has developed the technology to enhance that security while greatly improving the fan experience.
Enrollment in Fast Access is a simple two-minute process in which all a fan must do is provide their drivers license and biometrics. Once a fan completes their one-time enrollment in Fast Access they can use the lane at every home game at AT&T Park. Park security will continue to conduct bag checks for those who use the Fast Access lane.
We have officially announced our next airport! Starting this Spring, we will begin speeding passengers through airport security at BWI Airport in the Baltimore–Washington Metropolitan Area. This expansion marks our 12th airport nationally and our 2nd consecutive airport on the East Coast (MIA – Miami is also scheduled to open this Spring).
We are excited to continue to grow our network to better serve our current members and eager to lend our technology and speed to make air travel even more enjoyable for all travelers in the DC Metro Area. As the CLEAR Airport network expands we are pushing to bring our customers the airports that they need and want across the country.
For more information, take a look at CLEAR’s Senior Vice President of Operations, Charmaine Taylor on WBFF Fox Baltimore.
Still looking for the perfect gift for your frequently flying Valentine? Our friends over at travelskills.com came up with a list of the 8 things every frequent flyer wants, including our CLEAR gift card, which is only $49 for a limited time!
Give Chris’ post a read and let him know what else you would love to get for Valentine’s Day! http://travelskills.com/2015/02/08/8-things-every-frequent-flyer-wants/
We know how it feels to leave for the airport fumbling to throw your keys, itineraries and laptop in a bag on your way out the door only to realize that your hotel and transportation reservations are buried in your email inbox. Here at CLEAR we can promise you’ll get through security with serious speed so you have a few more minutes of down time when you get to your gate, but because transforming your entire travel experience is our mission, we have partnered with TripIt to bring CLEAR members a new level of travel ease.
Through this partnership, CLEAR members now have access to a free three month trial of TripIt Pro, the world’s highest-rated travel-organizing app, which builds a custom master itinerary for every trip with instant access to all your travel plans in one place—any time, on any device. Plus, it sends real-time alerts for delays, cancellations and gate changes, tracks rewards points and miles programs, alerts travelers when a better seat has become available—and much more.
Additionally, TripIt Pro members will now be able to take advantage of a free trial membership and preferred annual rate for CLEAR as part of the TripIt Pro VIP Benefits program. For more information on TripIt Pro and the TripIt Pro VIP Benefits program, visit: www.tripit.com.
Between CLEAR and TripIt Pro, your travels just got so much better.
CLEAR’s biometric secure identity platform now used over two million times with new airports and platform expansions in place
(NEW YORK, NY – Dec. 29, 2014) CLEAR, the biometric secure identity platform, today released its Year in Review for 2014, a year in which the company both achieved considerable growth in membership and launched its second significant vertical. With over two million travelers verified in its security lanes at its 10 major airports nationwide, CLEAR enters 2015 expanding the frictionless service experience both in and out of airports.
“CLEAR’s 2014 success provides further proof that we can significantly enhance security while delighting customers,” said Caryn Seidman-Becker, CLEAR’s Chief Executive Officer. “CLEAR is truly making a difference in how people live, work and travel. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and I am very excited for everything we have in store for the New Year.”
Airport Growth: CLEAR added Las Vegas, its 10th airport, to an expanding airport network in 2014. CLEAR plans two significant airport launches in Q1 of 2015, including Miami, with several more in line for launch throughout the year.
Concessions: CLEAR members can now order snacks as they speed through the CLEARlane, ready for pickup post-security. With CLEAR’s touch-to-pay technology, CLEAR travelers don’t need to wait at the register to pay, eliminating another line and creating an even better experience for CLEAR members. This experience, now in Orlando and San Francisco, will be scaled to more airports and concessionaires through 2015.
Other Venues: Marking the inaugural launch outside of airports, CLEAR brought its secure identity platform to AT&T Park with a pop-up lane for entry into 10 San Francisco Giants baseball games. CLEAR plans to expand to additional stadiums and other major venues in 2015.
“Our expanded platform was approved this year by the Department of Homeland Security’s SAFETY Act office,” said Ms. Seidman-Becker. “Professional sports teams are very excited to be able to bring a platform to their locations that has been tested as extensively as ours and is a Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology. Our platform not only improves stadium security but also enhances the fan experience.”
CLEAR’s biometric platform is scalable for other verticals including universities, buildings and other venues focused on enhancing security and delighting customers.
Talent: The company added over 150 new positions in its markets through 2014 and grew to almost 300 employees, operating in 10 markets nationwide and adding industry-leading talent across its organizational structure.
CLEAR Security Advisory Board (CSAB): CLEAR launched the CLEAR Security Advisory Board, bringing world-class experts in privacy and security to the company. CSAB members include privacy expert Fred Cate, Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at Indiana University, Gale D. Rossides, former Deputy Administrator and Acting Administrator of TSA, Mark J. Sullivan, former Director of the United States Secret Service, and Kenneth L. Wainstein, the first Assistant Attorney General For National Security and former Homeland Security Advisor to President George W. Bush.
From expanding the airport network and membership value proposition to extending into new verticals, CLEAR continues to develop its core platform and mission in building solutions that deliver frictionless security experiences for its members.
For a demonstration of how CLEAR works at the airport, visit http://vimeo.com/53687250. For more information on how CLEAR for Stadiums works, visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U-zLyxRmd9A&feature=youtu.bea.
We’re so proud to announce our own CEO, Caryn Seidman-Becker, was recently profiled in Entrepreneur magazine’s The 7 Most Powerful Women to Watch in 2014. As part of the Magazine’s focus on innovators, Caryn is dubbed “The Fixer” for her work successfully rebuilding CLEAR. Read the full article here.
CLEAR’s biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security at McCarran International Airport (LAS) beginning late this summer
(NEW YORK, NY – June 18, 2014) CLEAR, a technology provider using advanced biometric identity verification to speed travelers through airport security, announced today it would launch its unique services Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport this summer.
“We are thrilled to be bringing CLEAR to Las Vegas. McCarran is the tenth airport offering our services,” said CLEAR CEO Caryn Seidman Becker. “CLEAR and McCarran are dedicated to creating the safest and most efficient experience possible for travelers departing this world-renowned destination.”
Certified by the Department of Homeland Security as Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technology, CLEAR members use their biometrics (fingerprint and iris) to verify their identity allowing them expedited security screening at major US airports across the country. At all of its locations CLEAR services are closely integrated with TSA’s Pre-Check. Typical CLEAR members consistently get through airport checkpoints in less than 5 minutes. CLEAR anticipates launching dedicated members-only security lanes and enrollment kiosks in three of McCarran’s checkpoints in mid-August 2014.
CLEAR membership is only $179 a year for unlimited use. Members can add their spouse or partner for an additional $50, and children under 18 are always free (no CLEAR card required) through the CLEAR lane. Military and corporate discounts are also available.
CLEAR’s secure biometric technology is scalable for other uses and platforms, including stadiums, universities, municipal buildings and other venues seeking fast, effective and secure identity verification on a large scale.
For a demonstration on how CLEAR works, view this video: http://vimeo.com/53687250
21 July 2014
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Four years after emerging from bankruptcy, CLEAR, a biometric-identification service that allows customers to zip through security screenings, is preparing to open fast lanes in new airports across the country.
According to CLEAR President and Chief Financial Officer Ken Cornick, the Manhattan company, whose screening services are available at nine U.S. airports, will enter McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, a hub for many conferences and conventions. The new lanes could open as soon as next month.
The move is expected to add 30 employees to CLEAR’s 230-employee roster, and the company is in talks to make its services available in Miami International Airport and Baltimore Washington International Airport.
“We are close to finalizing an agreement with CLEAR,” Greg Chin, a spokesman for the Miami-Dade Aviation Department, said Monday afternoon. “We expect an agreement to be in place in the coming months.”
A representative of Baltimore Washington International Airport couldn’t immediately be reached.
CLEAR’s growth plans come more than four years after the company’s predecessor filed for bankruptcy protection in December 2009 to address more than $30 million in debt. At the time, it had outsourced almost all its functions, including the creation and maintenance of its biometric technology. The company also had contracts with a wide variety of airports, some in cities as small as Albany, N.Y.
Alclear LLC acquired CLEAR out of bankruptcy in 2010. Today, CLEAR develops its own technology, is profitable and expects net revenue of more than $20 million this year, sharing several million of that with its airport partners.
CLEAR’s service, which Chairman and Chief Executive Caryn Seidman-Becker refers to as the “ATM of identity,” uses biometrics such as a fingerprint or iris scan to confirm a person’s identity.
To enroll in CLEAR, a customer must visit a company center to supply his or her personal and biometric information, which are in turn used to create profiles that meet federal requirements and allow for expedited security screenings.
Using CLEAR’s blue-and-white kiosks and dedicated lanes at airport security checkpoints, members skip the lines that for many passengers, all too familiar with the discomforts of flying, often add insult to injury.
“It’s basically a nonstop walk straight through security to the metal detector,” said Randy Ramcharan, a CLEAR member. “I think the longest I’ve ever waited is behind two people.”
Mr. Ramcharan, a 29-year-old consultant from San Antonio, said he took 85 to 90 round-trip flights last year and expects to exceed that number this year.
The service costs $179 per year for unlimited use. A family member can be added for $50, and children under 18 can tag along free.
Because not every airport is a CLEAR partner, the service isn’t yet practical for some frequent fliers. Members say they had to consider the number of trips they will take through airports with CLEAR.
“In order to justify the expense, you have to have a significant number of flights through their enabled airports,” said Rick Drushal, a 30-year-old data consultant from San Jose, which, along with San Francisco, is a CLEAR-enabled airport.
CLEAR isn’t the only program designed to help travelers zip through the airport screening process. The Transportation Security Administration’s Precheck program, launched in 2011, allows approved members to keep on their shoes and light jackets, while liquids and laptops can stay tucked away inside bags.
But CLEAR isn’t a Precheck rival. In fact, many CLEAR members are also Precheck enrollees. “We love Precheck,” said Ms. Seidman-Becker, who said the TSA’s program is “highly complementary” with CLEAR.
While CLEAR focuses on getting members to an airport’s metal detectors quickly and efficiently, Precheck offers what is essentially pre-9/11 screening to trusted travelers who, like CLEAR members, have their backgrounds examined and are checked against law-enforcement databases.
Mark J. Sullivan, the former head of the U.S. Secret Service and now a partner at security consulting firm Global Security & Intelligence Strategies, said CLEAR can be a valuable risk-management tool for airports. “I look at this as one more method of mitigating threat,” said Mr. Sullivan, who doesn’t have any ties to the company. “The fact that they’re using biometrics and data analytics, I think is just a really forward-leaning way of looking at risks.”
Mr. Sullivan and his partner Paul Benda, the former head of research and development for the Department of Homeland Security, also said the company’s technology could be tailored to augment security screenings at stadiums or to improve many businesses’ background-check systems.
Though CLEAR’s predecessor shut down prior to filing for bankruptcy, it honored the remaining subscription terms for its nearly 160,000 former members when it was relaunched. About 75% of those former customers renewed their memberships, according to Ms. Seidman-Becker.
“They did a very commendable job in contacting all those folks,” said James Rose, the Deputy Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority, the operator of the Orlando International Airport, which offers CLEAR screening.
Mr. Rose says the company is looking for additional ways to enhance its service, including collaborating with one of the airport’s food-concession businesses to offer breakfast to members on their way through security.
For everyone else stuck in the slow lane, watching CLEAR members cut to the front of the line undoubtedly provokes at least a little jealousy. But Ms. Seidman-Becker doesn’t see it that way. “It’s no more skipping the line than going to the ATM instead of a bank teller,” she said.
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July 21, 2014 17:23 ET (21:23 GMT)