DHS seeking to install more facial recognition system in airports

November 29, 2016 - 

The Homeland Security Department is looking to install more cameras for facial recognition in airports throughout the country, according to a report by Next Gov.

Customs and Border Protection is seeking sources to provide “mounted facial recognition cameras” to be used in an “airport environment,” according to a solicitation posted on November 15.

The cameras would be obtained through a “small business track” on DHS’ indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract vehicle, FirstSource II.

The facial recognition cameras are to be deployed as part of a pilot test phase of the information system at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, in support of CBP’s exit protocol for travelers.

In the summer, DHS published a request for information about potential solutions for collecting biometric data at the border as visitors are exiting the country.

A biometric exit tracking system could help differentiate travelers who are “lawfully present in the United States from those who have violated their terms of admission,” and would require agents to collect both entry and exit data, as well as match attributes to each other for each person.

The biometric tracking system would also help prevent travelers from leaving the country under other people’s identities.

The RFI states that the CBP has been developing biometric strategies solely at airports, but hopes to eventually expand its focus to land and sea ports.

The agency has already performed few biometrics pilot tests, including at Washington Dulles International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport where cameras collect and match travelers’ photos to the images found on their passport.

Additionally, the CBP has outfitted their officials with handheld devices at international airports to help collect biometric data from visitors.

Previously reported, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has been developing a plan to ramp up the amount of biometric data it collects at US borders in order to more closely track foreign visitors.

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