Incoming Trump administration focusing on biometrics

Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the 45th American President after taking the oath of office in Washington today. In his inauguration speech, he promised an era of “America first” policies where he would “bring back borders”. After a tremendous amount of tough talk, during both the Republican primary and U.S. presidential campaigns, expectations are that the new president will follow through with his promise of building a wall along America’s southern border. While this election promise appeals to

World Border Security Congress to address identity and biometrics at the border

Identity, biometrics and advanced passenger information (API) at the border will be some of the key subjects addressed at the World Border Security Congress to be held in Morocco next March. The “Identity and Biometrics at the Border – Compliance, Application and Implementation” session will address how ease of travel for bona fide travelers has become more complicated despite new technologies such as biometrics and e-visas and how can biometrics can be implemented in compliance within legal, privacy and data

World Border Security Congress

World Border Security Congress March 21-23, 2017 Casablanca, Morocco The World Border Security Congress is a high level 3 day event that will discuss and debate current and future policies, implementation issues and challenges as well as new and developing technologies that contribute towards safe and secure border and migration management. The World Border Security Congress, supported by the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), International Security Industry Organisation, National Security & Resilience

Jamaican government agencies discuss using biometrics to improve border security

Jamaican government agencies gathered at the ‘Leveraging Technology for Effective Border Security’ conference, recently held at the National Police College in St Catherine, to discuss the use of biometric technologies to protect the country’s borders, according to a report by Jamaica Observer. Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Jamaica Defence Force (JDF), and Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) also committed to taking a multi-agency approach to improving the country’s national security. PICA’s acting CEO, Andrew Wynter, said

Gemalto’s ABC gates to speed up border control at Paris airports

Gemalto has been selected by Paris Aéroport to supply, install and maintain its Coesys Automated Border Control gates as part of the French PARAFE program (Automated Fast Track Crossing at External Borders). Gemalto has partnered with Automatic Systems and IER to deploy the project. The companies will install 87 e-gates in Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. By the spring of 2017, passengers will be able to start passing through the Gemalto e-gates with only their passport and fingerprint, saving

Border Management & Technologies Summit

Border Management & Technologies Summit London, UK May 31 – June 2, 2017 Our 5th annual Border Management & Technologies Summit will bring together leading border security officials from the UK and across Europe to discuss key issues regarding European border challenges, threats, organized crimes and EU policies and strategies. Many European countries have or are developing API/PNR systems to help track the movement of people across Europe and our event will review the different API/PNR systems in place across

2017 World Border Security Congress announces new speakers

The 2017 World Border Security Congress will see policy makers and practitioners from border management, immigration, customs, policing and security organizations gather in Casablanca, Morocco to discuss the issues, gain insight, collaborate and cooperate to make our borders safer and more secure. As part of the high-level discussion, Peter van den Berg, President of the European Association of Airport & Seaport Police, will speak in the session ‘Building Coherent Global Border Management Response Against Illegal Migration and International Terrorism’ discussing

Singapore introducing iris scans at land and sea checkpoints for identity verification

Iris recognition technology will be introduced at Singapore’s land and sea checkpoints within the next two years to boost identity verification methods, according to a recent report in Channel NewsAsia. Just last week Singapore’s Parliament passed amendments to the National Registration Act to strengthen the operational efficiency and effectiveness of the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA). Photos and fingerprints are currently used to identify travellers at Singapore’s checkpoints, but starting next year, the ICA will start collecting iris images from

Russia to complete facial recognition research in 2017 to ID criminals at border

Russia’s Foundation for Advanced Research (FPI) said it will complete research on a facial recognition system designed to perform border check duties, in 2017, which will replace human operators of intelligent systems, according to a report by Sputnik News. “Opportunities to address these problems are studied, in particular, within the FPI projects,” FPI said in a statement. “For example, in 2017 it is planned to complete a research project on face recognition in difficult conditions (ie. in situations where automated

DHS to present on biometric technology at SMi’s Border Security 2017

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to significantly expand the collection of biometric data at US borders to more closely track foreign visitors. The agency will deliver two presentations on the implementation of biometrics at SMi Group’s Border Security 2017 conference, which will held February 15 to 16 in Rome, Italy. Paul Hunter, chief biometrics strategy of the biometrics division at DHS/USCIS/Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRS) Directorate USCIS, DHS will deliver a presentation titled “Homeland