DHS says 629k visitors overstayed visas in 2016 due to lack of biometric exit system

The Department of Homeland Security released a report that estimated that 629,000 visitors to the United States — which represents just over 1 percent of all travelers — overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a comprehensive biometric exit system at the nation’s ports of departure, according to a report by The New York Times. Department officials said the figure presents a significant national security risk, and that a comprehensive biometric exit system is needed to properly

Border biometrics a work in progress, former FBI executive says

Finding the right mix of biometrics to best secure America’s southern border is a work in progress, according to KeyLogic VP of National Security and Chief Information Officer J. Kevin Reid. His extensive career in IT engineering, financial and program management with CJIS and other FBI projects culminated with Reid serving as the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division of the FBI. He now helps KeyLogic provide high-end engineering, professional and research services to 13 agencies across the federal

African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

DHS investing in biometrics data storage to enhance customs enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying biometrics data storage and surveillance to improve customs enforcement and make it easier for international travelers, according to a report by GCN. International air travel processing increased by 35.9 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2016, according to the DHS. The DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition software to keep pace with this rising demand for services. “We are working on facial recognition in

Australia to process 90% of incoming passengers based on biometrics by 2020

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched a tender for companies to submit technology solutions that will replace passports and immigration officers with electronic stations and automatic triage, according to a report by Airport-Technology.com. The department hopes to implement the world’s first entirely automatic, seamless processing system for international passengers entering the country based on their biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. Earlier this year, DIBP announced an ambitious plan to implement a new

Air passenger association prefers DHS biometrics initiative to electronics ban expansion

APEX (Airline Passenger Experience Association) has requested U.S. government to put a hold on the electronics ban expansion to Europe during a biometrics workshop with major airlines and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (U.S. DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). During his presentation at Aviation Festival Americas, APEX CEO Joe Leader recommended that passengers should be allowed to bring electronics onboard for flights with restricted routes through the U.S. DHS CBP’s biometric facial recognition initiative in place of the

DHS providing Texas law enforcement access to biometric database for pilot program

The Department of Homeland Security is providing Texas law enforcement with access to its massive biometric database through a pilot program, according to a report by Texas Public Radio. For years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would uncover fingerprints from crime scene that would not find a match when compared to those stored in the FBI database, according to Patrick Nemeth, identity operations director at the agency’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). “So they would start querying

CBP says it may extend airport face recognition to US citizens

The US government has rolled out a new plan led by Customs and Border Protection that could make facial recognition scans mandatory for US citizens in addition to foreign visitors, according to a report by The Verge. The move comes a month after it was revealed that the Trump administration is planning to expand the use of biometric facial recognition systems at airports around the United States. Built around the biometric exit program, the CBP-led initiative will document US citizens

DHS inundated with bids to build facial-recognition drones

After being flooded with submissions, the Department of Homeland Security has stopped accepting proposals more than two months before its deadline for facial-recognition drones, according to a report by NBC News. The move comes only a month after Customs and Border Protection began soliciting proposals for consumer drones with infrared cameras and facial recognition capabilities, which will be used by U.S. Border Patrol agents to monitor the border. Postings on the government’s purchasing board revealed that the DHS stopped accepting

Biometrics technology more cost-effective than a border wall

The use of biometric identification technologies could not only help to strengthen immigration security, but also to navigate the turbulent political waters that surround the Trump administration’s proposed border wall, according to a report by FCW. At the connect:ID conference in Washington D.C., Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) said that biometric identification technology “is more cost-effective than a border wall.” “We’re looking for ways to make the border work more efficiently, not shut it down,” said Peters, who holds a seat