Clear Announces $500,000 Innovation Prize for Airport Security Technology to Speed Throughput; Clear to Purchase New Technology

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Clear, the fast pass for airport security, announced today that it will award a $500,000 "Clear Prize" to the first team to deploy faster security lane technology at an airport. Clear has promised that the winning team's technology will be purchased in bulk, once approved for use by the Transportation Security Administration at any airport where Clear operates fast pass lanes.

Clear will host a half-day symposium for invited participants on February 13 at the Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum at the San Francisco International Airport to present the criteria for entry. A "Clear Prize" Advisory Panel, consisting of chief technology officers and/or security directors of several of the leading airports and airlines that have partnered with Clear, will assist in the selection of the prize winner. For a fact sheet on the Clear Prize and Event go to: www.flyclear.com/innovation.

Clear's chief technology officer Jason Slibeck said, "The Clear Prize is the next phase of providing expedited passage through the security checkpoints for Clear members. We're looking for both all-encompassing technology to change dramatically the checkpoint process and simple, discrete improvements that apply common sense solutions for easing the security bottleneck."

"There are literally hundreds of creative teams out there with cutting edge technology products that potentially could speed throughput while enhancing security. We want to bring these solutions to the forefront faster than the process has been moving," explained Clear CEO Steven Brill .

"As is well known," Brill added, "We've invested in GE's shoe scanner and explosive trace detection technology and are hopeful that GE will succeed in getting it through the final stages of the TSA approval process. But we've now decided to prime the pump and accelerate the race by offering not only a substantial cash prize but a contract to buy the equipment for all the airports where Clear now operates and all of the other airports we will launch this year and next."

Brill also noted that because GE is an equity shareholder in Clear and because its shoe scanner is already in the final stages of TSA testing for deployment, GE will not be eligible for the Clear Prize.

"This prize is one way that we will continue to offer higher throughput to participating airports and airlines," said Larry Zmuda , Clear's chief operating officer. "We are intensely focused on making sure that our lanes maintain a substantially higher throughput and accommodate more passengers than the non-Clear lanes. We already do that with our concierges, who speed throughput 30% by helping people divest and retrieve items like cell phones and shoes," Zmuda added. "Enhanced technology is another resource we will deploy on a continuing basis to add to those improvements in efficiency and predictability."

About Clear -- Clear, operated by Verified Identity Pass, Inc., has signed up over 87,000 travelers nationwide. Clear cards are accepted at 13 U.S. airports ( Albany , Cincinnati , Indianapolis , Jacksonville , LaGuardia, Little Rock , New York JFK, Newark , Orlando , Reno, San Francisco , San Jose , and Westchester). Clear lanes will open later this month at the Denver International Airport. Reagan, Dulles, Oakland , and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport have announced plans to launch fast pass programs this winter. Clear members are pre-screened and provided with a high-tech card which allows them to access designated security lanes nationwide. Clear members pass through the security checkpoint faster, with more predictability and less hassle. The annual fee of $99.95 is charged once applicants are approved by the government. Applicants start their enrollment at flyclear.com and complete the process at an enrollment location where their fingerprints and iris images are captured and their identification is validated. Clear has been operational since July 19, 2005 . For more information, please visit: flyclear.com.

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