Biometric technology by Crossmatch helps Greece identify and register migrants

March 1, 2016 - 

The European Commission, through the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), has awarded Greece funds to purchase Crossmatch L Scan palm scanners.

The biometric devices will be used by federal police at Greek border crossings and at centers where migrants are registered on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Samos to enroll and ensure proper identification and registration of migrants in the EURODAC database.

EURODAC is the European database used for identifying and registering asylum seekers and erratic border crossers. It ensures the sharing of information among EU member countries and determines if asylum seekers have already applied elsewhere.

“With global migration at an all-time high, government border security and relief agencies face new challenges as they work to balance the need to quickly process, protect and place huge numbers of refugees while still maintaining a secure border,” said Eduardo Parodi, vice president of government sales at Crossmatch. “The use of proven and reliable biometric capture technology, such as the L Scan and Guardian scanners, support this requirement – enhancing safety and security for all.”

In December, Crossmatch announced that Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, had deployed its Guardian fingerprint scanner to enroll the biometrics of thousands of refugees and migrants entering Germany. BAMF has purchased over 1,000 Guardian devices that are deployed at more than 36 field offices where refugees are fingerprinted as part of the asylum application processing.

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