DHS considering merging its trusted traveler programs

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Administrator David Pekoske said this week that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is considering merging its two trusted traveler programs, according to Travelmarket Report. Pekoske said that merging the TSA’s PreCheck program with the Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) Global Entry programs would streamline management and possibly enhance security. PreCheck is administered by the TSA while Global Entry is managed by CBP. Pekoske said there about 12 million people enrolled in both programs and that

DHS S&T to host series of biometric technology rallies

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is hosting a series of Biometric Technology Rallies aimed at supporting industry innovation and advance technologies that assist DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) operations. DHS will use the results of these rallies to inform planning activities by sharing the information with industry participants to improve product capabilities, as well as with researchers to enable the development of next-generation capabilities. The first Biometric Technology Rally will be held

DHS wants to passively scan faces of foreign nationals crossing U.S. border by car

The Homeland Security Department is seeking technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by land, verifying that the individuals entering the country are, in fact, the same ones leaving it, according to a report by Nextgov. On November 14, DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day to solicit solutions that would allow Customs and Border Protection scan individual’s faces. The face recognition technology would work even if the vehicle’s occupants are

DHS wants innovative solutions to speed up the border-crossing experience

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking to implement technologies such as facial recognition to expedite the border crossing process, according to a report by GCN. In a series of solicitations, the agency’s Science & Technology Directorate detailed the solutions that will help Customs and Border Protection address the rising number of international travelers to the U.S. while optimizing the security level in airports across the country. DHS is specifically seeking technology to count and measure the number of travelers

DHS, TSA testing touch-free fingerprint scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has partnered with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can speed up the processing time for travelers to pass through security. In June, TSA began performing a series of proof-of-concept tests for new fingerprint technology with the help of S&T’s Biometrics Technology Engine and Apex Screening at Speed program. The touch-free scanners, developed by Advanced Optical Systems, Inc., allows travelers to use their

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

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

DHS providing Texas law enforcement access to biometric database for pilot program

The Department of Homeland Security is providing Texas law enforcement with access to its massive biometric database through a pilot program, according to a report by Texas Public Radio. For years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) would uncover fingerprints from crime scene that would not find a match when compared to those stored in the FBI database, according to Patrick Nemeth, identity operations director at the agency’s Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM). “So they would start querying

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

Revised immigration order calls for expedited completion of biometric entry/exit system for “in-scope” travelers

President Donald Trump has signed an updated version of his executive order on immigration, which calls for the expedited completion and implementation of a biometric entry/exit system for “in-scope” travelers, according to a report by FCW. The move comes six weeks after President Trump signed the initial executive order which included a proposal to establish a national biometric ID program for non-citizens entering and leaving the U.S. In addition to excluding Iraq from the list of majority-Muslim Middle Eastern countries