12th Homeland Security Week

12th Homeland Security Week October 23-26, 2017 Washington, D.C. This 12th Annual Homeland Security Week will bring together top homeland security leaders from government, industry and academia to dive into current challenges and future requirements necessary for numerous government agencies directly or indirectly responsible for U.S. homeland security. Through interactive keynote presentations, large scale panel discussions, project updates, case studies, and intimate roundtables, we’ll facilitate a complex, joint, multilayered plan to combat the evolving challenges our country faces. Event Agenda

Aruba Airport Authority, Vision-Box to further evolve Aruba Happy Flow

Aruba Airport Authority, manager and operator of Queen Beatrix International Airport, and Vision-Box have partnered to further evolve the Aruba Happy Flow biometrics-based passenger processing system. “The Aruba Happy Flow Proof of Concept has exceeded our expectations during these two years, paving the way for a new direction for the airport,” said James Fazio, CEO of the Aruba Airport Authority. “On the other hand, with this new partnership with Vision-Box, we are now very excited to get the opportunity to establish

New immigration bill could increase use of biometric data at border

A new immigration bill introduced by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), which is currently posted on his website, would significantly expand surveillance along the U.S.-Mexico border and potentially increase the use of biometric data and drones, according to a report by The Hill. Released last week, the bill includes several provisions that would alter the country’s existing border security policy. One of the provisions calls for the implementation of a “biometric exit data system” at the nation’s 15 busiest international airports

CBP discusses biometric exit program with various privacy groups

U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security officials met with representatives from various privacy groups this week to discuss CBP’s biometric exit program, in the first of multiple engagements planned with the privacy rights community. The meeting was intended to address concerns by privacy experts, who believe the use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports may violate specific privacy rights and that Congress has not fully authorized it. Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner (DEAC), Office of

Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia 2017

Border Management & Technologies Summit Asia 2017 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia November 7 – 9, 2017 Asian nations are continuing to develop their borders and create the most efficient immigration processes at airports. Many of the regions border security agencies are working hard to improve security on their borders from illegal migration to cross-border organised crimes. Airports in the region are improving passenger experiences to make immigration processes as smooth and hassle free as possible. Our 2nd annual Border Management &

Malaysia asks UNHCR for refugee biometric data

The Malaysian government has called on the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to share its database of approximately 150,000 refugees and asylum seekers registered in the country, which includes their biometric information, according to a report by Channel News Asia. Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan said that the authorities are worried that some Islamic State (IS) militants may have entered Malaysia and obtained a refugee card issued by UNHCR in an effort to move freely within the country.

UN migration agency introducing regional biometric data exchange solution

International Organization for Migration (IOM), the UN’s migration agency, is working on introducing a biometric data exchange solution to help countries around the world effectively address irregular migration, according to a report by GovInsider. Donato Colucci, senior regional immigration and border management specialist at the IOM, discussed Regional Biometric Data Exchange Solution (RBDES) earlier this month at Interpol World 2017. The policy framework is designed to combat irregular migration, which can take the form of human trafficking and migrant smuggling,

Biometric exit solution deployed at Chicago O’Hare Airport

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has deployed facial recognition biometric exit technology to Chicago O’Hare International Airport for select flights. The deployment builds upon a June 2016 pilot at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport using facial recognition. Future deployments are planned for additional airports this summer. Last month, it was revealed that a current pilot project for flights from Dulles International Airport to Dubai is testing NEC’s commercial-off-the-shelf NeoFace Express device and cloud-based NeoFace matching at a gate operated by

Legal experts say biometric exit practices at airports may be violating privacy laws

The use of facial recognition technology at U.S. airports is raising concerns among some legal experts, who argue that the program may violate specific privacy rights and that Congress has not fully authorized it, according to a report by MIT Technology Review. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has partnered with airlines such as JetBlue and Delta to implement recognition systems at New York’s JFK International Airport, Washington’s Dulles International, and airports in Atlanta, Boston, and Houston, with plans to

Singapore testing biometric immigration clearance system for drivers

The Singaporean government is currently testing a full self-service system with biometric and passport scans for immigration clearance, which would allow travelers to drive into a car bay and have their identity authenticated while remaining in their vehicle, according to a report by Today Online. The prototype for the Automated Passenger In-Car Clearance System was completed in late December and is currently undergoing technical trials that will run until the end of the year. The system’s prototype was unveiled at