U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by Auburnpub.com. In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can

WEF study identifies biometrics as key growth driver of international travel and security

The World Economic Forum published a study titled “Digital Borders: Enabling a secure, seamless and personalized journey”, which calls for a new approach to the way travelers move across borders in order to establish a balance between meeting the increasing demand for international travel and the need to strengthen border security. With the number of international travelers projected to increase by 46 percent to 1.8 billion per year by 2030, and governments focused on improving the safety of national borders,

EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

Eurostar pilots biometric border control solution at French rail station

In an effort to maximize the speed and efficiency of the immigration clearance process for passengers travelling from the UK into continental Europe and the Schengen zone, Eurostar selected Vision-Box to deploy a facial recognition-based automated border control solution at St Pancras International rail station, located at the French border. The Vision-Box’s vb i-match ABC eGates solution has been deployed for use by all passengers from the EU, the EEA and Switzerland over 18 years old and holding a valid

Biometrics offer smarter, faster and more respectful border control

This is a guest post by Steve Thies, CEO of Integrated Biometrics It has become clear that 2017 is a year of change and challenge for the United States, especially regarding immigration and national security. With enhanced border protection and aggressive vetting of visitors, immigrants, diplomats and refugees, one of the most important questions will be how to screen these individuals – quickly, accurately and respectfully. Biometric technology can and should be an essential part of these programs. Biometric screening

Former 9/11 Commission counsel recommends ways to improve travel ban executive order

Janice Kephart of Identity Strategy Partners, LLP released a statement regarding President Donald Trump’s “Executive Order: Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States” (Jan. 27, 2017), as well as offered some recommendations as to how to improve on the plan. President Trump’s executive order temporarily prohibits nationals of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the country, along with calling for the expedited development of a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S. In

Vision-Box facial recognition technology piloted at Charles de Gaulle airport

Vision-Box facial recognition software is being tested at Charles de Gaulle airport, according to a report by Bloomberg Technology. The Vision-Box solution will check passport images with people’s faces from EU countries. “If trials go well and the French state signs off on use of the software, the number of people using biometrics to speed passage could climb to as much as 20 percent of the average 180,000 people passing through daily,” said Franck Goldnadel, chief airport operations officer. Charles

DHS scrambling to provide facial recognition to airports: report

Two weeks after President Trump signed the controversial immigration and refugee executive order that also called for the expedited completion of a national biometric ID program, the Department of Homeland Security is scrambling to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition software, according to an agency official cited in a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The facial recognition technology will check the identities of all non-citizens leaving the country to confirm they have not overstayed visas, are not

Editorial calls for increased funding in Canada’s border security

In an editorial published in the National Post, John Ivison discussed the potential consequences of leaked FBI statistics revealing that more known or suspected terrorists are found at the Canadian border than at the Mexican, which were cited in a recent Daily Beast report. Ivison asserted that the leaked statistics could potentially harm Canada if the Trump administration takes notice, in the midst of their controversial immigration and refugees initiative to strengthen security at the nation’s borders. President Donald Trump

Foreigners visiting China to have fingerprints collected

In an effort to strengthen entry and exit management that matches requirements in other countries, China’s Ministry of Public Security announced that, starting this week, foreigners between the ages of 14 and 70 visiting the country will have their fingerprints collected, according to a report by ABCNews. Foreigners holding a diplomatic passport or coming from countries that have reciprocal agreements with China will be exempted. Fingerprint data collection will start Friday in Shenzhen before being rolled out to other cities.