Canada’s government coordinating biometric efforts

Canadian government agencies and police are coordinating the development of their biometric capabilities, according to a report published in Motherboard. Over the last year, Canada’s military, national police, border agency and intelligence establishment have reportedly been sharing information to “foster collaboration between federal departments and agencies that have an interest in biometric technologies and their application”, according to a National Defence spokesperson. The article notes that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the Canadian

SIA publishes new paper on establishing strong identity at borders

The Secure Identity Alliance (SIA) has published its “Strong Identity, Strong Borders” paper that provides agencies and governments with a best practice guide to the design and implementation of effective eBorder strategies. The white paper addresses efficient border management by discussing the technologies, processes and components that play an integral role in developing a fully interconnected eBorder strategy. Containing references and real-world case studies from emerging and mature deployments, the report provides agencies and governments with deep insights and best

Dubai to test ObjectTech-developed biometric border control system

UK-based ObjectTech has signed an agreement with Dubai’s Immigration and Visas Department (GDRFA) to test its ‘gate-less’ border technology, which combines biometric verification and blockchain technology. Once launched, the pilot program will allow passengers travelling to Dubai to walk straight from the plane to baggage reclaim via a short tunnel in which a facial recognition system will conduct a three dimensional scan of the passenger’s face to instantly verify their identity against a digital passport. ObjectTech was selected in January

Gemalto delivers biometric passport solution to East Timor

Gemalto has partnered with the East Timor government to start issuing biometric passports to its citizens. Gemalto’s end-to-end solution includes the ICAO-compliant ePassports and a suite of tools including easy enrollment, biometric data capture, de-duplication of redundant biometric information, disaster and data recovery, as well as a full turnkey public key infrastructure and secure issuance of the document. Gemalto and its local partner, Visi Mitra Unipessoal Lda, are to provide support and maintenance services and KOMSCO has been subcontracted to

Vision-Box implements biometric border control solution at Jakarta airport

Working with the Indonesian immigration authority, Vision-Box has installed an advanced biometric automated border control infrastructure system at Soerkarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta, Indonesia. Located in the airport’s new terminal 3, the Vision-Box biometric border control solution comprises of 32 vb i-match Automated Border Control (ABC) eGates for eligible Indonesian nationals self-service border clearance and 10 vb e-pass portable biometric suitcases to facilitate improved mobility in passenger clearance. In addition, the system includes 32 individual fingerprint and passport scanners

DHS says 629k visitors overstayed visas in 2016 due to lack of biometric exit system

The Department of Homeland Security released a report that estimated that 629,000 visitors to the United States — which represents just over 1 percent of all travelers — overstayed their visas in 2016 due to the lack of a comprehensive biometric exit system at the nation’s ports of departure, according to a report by The New York Times. Department officials said the figure presents a significant national security risk, and that a comprehensive biometric exit system is needed to properly

Border biometrics a work in progress, former FBI executive says

Finding the right mix of biometrics to best secure America’s southern border is a work in progress, according to KeyLogic VP of National Security and Chief Information Officer J. Kevin Reid. His extensive career in IT engineering, financial and program management with CJIS and other FBI projects culminated with Reid serving as the Assistant Director of the IT Infrastructure Division of the FBI. He now helps KeyLogic provide high-end engineering, professional and research services to 13 agencies across the federal

African cross-border and regional identity management schemes reach distribution stage

The African Development Bank (AfDB) recently introduced its new fingerprint-embedded Laissez-Passer document at ID4Africa 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia. The travel document for regional development is one of a series of regional projects across the continent with the goal of using digital identity and biometrics to enable cross-border travel. Another such project, the ECOWAS Biometric Identity Card, has reached the distribution stage in some countries. While the program is in early stages, it has shown potential to speed border crossing while

DHS investing in biometrics data storage to enhance customs enforcement

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is deploying biometrics data storage and surveillance to improve customs enforcement and make it easier for international travelers, according to a report by GCN. International air travel processing increased by 35.9 percent from fiscal year 2009 to 2016, according to the DHS. The DHS’ Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is implementing advanced technologies such as facial recognition software to keep pace with this rising demand for services. “We are working on facial recognition in

Australia to process 90% of incoming passengers based on biometrics by 2020

Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has launched a tender for companies to submit technology solutions that will replace passports and immigration officers with electronic stations and automatic triage, according to a report by Airport-Technology.com. The department hopes to implement the world’s first entirely automatic, seamless processing system for international passengers entering the country based on their biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris and facial recognition. Earlier this year, DIBP announced an ambitious plan to implement a new