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

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

Acuity report shows border security concerns driving biometrics adoption

Acuity Market Intelligence emphasized that ongoing concerns about national security are driving border authorities to continue the adoption of biometric and digital identification based automation, including the deloypment of airport eGates and kiosks. “As the Trump administration doubles down on immigration restrictions and promises of ‘extreme vetting,’ the reality is that biometrics are used to scrutinize millions of international travelers across the globe every day,” said Maxine Most, principal at Acuity Market Intelligence. “Digital identification technology, including biometrics, allow immigration

Canadian politicians lobbying against Trump’s biometric border screening initiative

Canada has started an under-the-radar lobbying campaign against the Trump administration’s planned biometric screening initiative for all visitors to the United States upon both entry and exit, according to a report by The Globe and Mail. The move follows last Friday’s executive order on immigration and refugees which also called for the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the completion of a biometric entry/exit tracking system. The expedited plans for the system could cause massive congestion of both people and

Italy’s fastest-growing airport introduces SITA ABC gates to expedite immigration

Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport has introduced SITA’s self-serve automated border control gates to speed up the immigration process for passengers from the European Union who hold a biometric passport. Last year Bologna Airport was the fastest-growing airport among Italy’s 15 busiest, processing more than seven million passengers. Deploying ABC gates will make the immigration process on arrival more efficient and will allow the airport to accommodate more passengers during peak periods. The SITA iBorders BorderAutomation ABCGates use facial recognition technology