CBP seeking face recognition drones to monitor border

Customs and Border Protection is soliciting proposals for consumer drones with infrared cameras and facial recognition capabilities, to be deployed by US Border Patrol agents to monitor the border, according to a report by The Verge. As detailed in a contractor solicitation notice, the proposed “small unmanned aerial systems” are similar to consumer drones manufactured by DJI and Parrot. The drones would be small enough to be transported in a truck and simple enough to be deployed by a border

SBSC votes to expand biometric identification capabilities of Sheriffs’ Offices along southwestern border

The Southwestern Border Sheriffs’ Coalition (SBSC) voted at its annual meeting on April 3 to partner with BI2 Technologies to expand its biometric identification program and system. BI2 Technologies will work with SBSC to improve and expand biometric identification capabilities at 31 Sheriffs’ Offices along the U.S. and Mexico border to ultimately increase border security and combat criminal activity. SBSC — which is an IRS certified 501 charitable organization whose mission is to insure the safety and security of the

UNHCR says security and refugee protection have complementary goals

In a recent address to the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee in New York, UNHCR’s protection chief emphasized that contrary to popular belief, protecting refugees and ensuring the security of their receiving countries are complementary goals, according to a report by UNHCR. “Measures to ensure access to safety and protection for those in need, including those fleeing terror, can also help safeguard the security of transit and host countries and communities,” Volker Türk told the committee. Currently, there are some

Safran Identity & Security’s biometric kiosks undergoing testing at Christchurch Airport

Safran Identity & Security announced that New Zealand Customs is testing the company’s automated border control solution for families traveling together, on departures at Christchurch Airport. The family processing solution extends the automated border control capability of the familiar eGates to families, groups and assisted travellers. Until now, families with children under the age of 12 and assisted travellers were unable to use automated eGates and therefore had to use manual booth for customs and immigration checks. “It’s wonderful that

YVR expands line of BorderXpress kiosks to meet Canadian border requirements

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) has expanded its line of self-serve border control solutions, BorderXpress, to meet the requirements of Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) new Primary Inspection Kiosk (PIK) program. The move comes a month after reports that major Canadian airports would be implementing facial recognition technology in the coming months as part of CBSA’s new traveller screening program. The PIK program expands the use of border kiosks at Canadian airports, as well as provides new self-service options to a

Safran Identity & Security to demonstrate biometric ID solutions at Milipol Asia-Pacific

Safran Identity & Security will demonstrate its latest biometric solutions to meet a range of public security, access control and border control issues at the Milipol Asia-Pacific conference and exhibition, being held this week at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. The company has developed advanced and customized solutions for airport authorities, forensic police investigators and private organizations. For public security, Safran is exhibiting its latest video analysis solution, Morpho Video Investigator (MVI), which enables authorities to save time in

Biometrics Institute CEO discusses biometrics use at national borders

The Biometrics Institute CEO Isabelle Moeller recently penned an editorial that explores both the benefits and challenges of deploying biometric technologies at national borders. The editorial comes a couple weeks after the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency updated the industry on its plans for biometric exit since it issued its initial request for information (RFI), CBP OIT Biometric Exit Acquisition last June, emphasizing that it will “continue to engage with industry regarding biometric exit”. Moeller acknowledges that the

QiSQi develops mobile automated biometric ID system for law enforcement

QiSQi Identification Technologies developed the MABIS (mobile automated biometric identification system) platform and app that can register and identify fingerprints, faces, and iris within less than a second. The app operates on a standard Android mobile phone, enabling users to seamlessly and quickly deploy its capabilities without investing in any additional hardware. Equipped with mobile and touchless biometrics software from Diamond Fortress, the app obtains high-quality fingerprints via the mobile camera. The face recognition has 2D/3D enhancement features, which enables

Mount Airey Group, Acuant to release chip reader for passport authentication

Identity solutions firm Mount Airey Group, Inc. is partnering with data capture and authentication firm Acuant to release a comprehensive authentication solution for border control. Acuant’s newly developed chip reader technology, Acuant CHIP, will serve as an integral aspect of AssureID which is integrated with Mount Airey Group’s Ozone e-Passport authentication technology. The partnership offers the first-to-market certificate chain validation for passports, including country-specific policy controls. Acuant CHIP conducts multiple authentication tests including basic access control (BAC) to cryptographically access

CBP will continue to engage with industry on biometric exit plans

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency recently updated the industry on its plans for biometric exit since it issued its initial request for information (RFI), CBP OIT Biometric Exit Acquisition last June, emphasizing that it will “continue to engage with industry regarding biometric exit,” according to a report by Homeland Security Today. The move comes a couple weeks after CBP detailed its biometric exit plans in the RFI, including the four biometric field tests the agency performed to