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

idSoftware developing biometrics technology to support DHS port security regulations

idSoftware is one of four firms developing biometrics technology in support of the Department of Homeland Security’s stricter port security regulations, following the passing of a new rule last August mandating that incoming port personnel scan identification cards through an electronic reader, according to a report by MeriTalk. After a three-month process, DHS placed idSoftware on its Qualified Technology List of approved companies who develop port security technology. During the “detailed process”, DHS had to approve the company’s three testing

DHS making progress in developing biometric exit system despite challenges

U.S. Government Accountability Office has released a report reviewing the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) progress in developing a biometric exit capability at the country’s air borders — its first report assessing the planning of the capability since 2013. In compiling the report, GAO reviewed statutes and DHS documents as well as interviewed DHS officials about biometric exit capability development and overstays reporting. The agency also reviewed four biometric entry and exit pilot programs and analyzed overstay data for the

Executive order pressures DHS to expedite development of biometric entry/exit system

President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees also calls on the Department of Homeland Security to expedite development of its biometric entry/exit tracking system, according to a report by FCW. This marks the second time in a year the biometric program’s development has been expedited. In January 2016, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson stated in a report to Congress and at a hearing testimony that he had recommended to CBP that they “redouble its efforts to achieve a biometric

DHS looks to maintain, replace biometric database system

The Office of Biometric and Identity Management (OBIM) within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has selected Enterprise Resource Planned System International, LLC (ERPSI) — a joint venture team between Planned Systems International, Inc. (PSI) and ERP International, LLC (ERP) — to establish and maintain a reporting environment for the Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT), one of the largest biometric databases in the world. IDENT is the central DHS-wide system for storage and processing of biometric and associated biographic information

DHS considering expanding biometric data collection at US borders

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to ramp up the amount of biometric data it collects at US borders in order to more closely track foreign visitors, according to a report by The Christian Science Monitor. The new plan seeks to implement more biometric scanners to collect fingerprints, facial images, and iris scans of travellers, raising concerns among privacy advocates that foreign visitors would be potentially subjected to digital fraud and unjustified surveillance. The agency is

Biometrics and border security, law enforcement and facial recognition trending this week

Here is a recap of the most popular biometrics industry news that appeared on BiometricUpdate.com this past week. Industry insight In a guest post, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association discusses the rise of biometrics and identity management in the homeland security enterprise and its Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. later this month. In a guest post, David Gerulski, VP at Integrated Biometrics, discusses how the use of biometrics as an identifier is having a positive effect

DHS S&T awards $199K to Factom Inc. to secure digital identity for IoT

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) recently awarded $199,000 to Austin, Texas-based blockchain technology firm Factom Inc., to boost the security of digital identity for Internet of Things (IoT) devices, according to a report by Homeland Security Today. Factom’s proposal, “Blockchain Software to Prove Integrity of Captured Data From Border Devices” was awarded through Securing the Internet of Things (IoT), Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00035 under the Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS). “IoT

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum

Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum June 29 | Washington, DC In order to survey and discuss DHS advances in biometrics, the Secure Identity and Biometrics Association (SIBA) will host the Biometrics and Identity Innovations Forum in Washington, D.C. on June 29, 2016. The Forum will feature experts and senior officials from CBP, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), DHS Office of Biometrics and Identity Management (OBIM), and the FBI’s Biometrics Center of Excellence. The

MorphoTrust UES and ABIS platforms get SAFETY Act certification

Identity services and solutions provider MorphoTrust USA (Safran), has achieved SAFETY Act certification on its Universal Enrollment Services (UES) and Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS) platforms. According to the DHS website, the SAFETY Act provides important legal liability protections for providers of Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies – whether they are products or services. The goal of the SAFETY Act is to encourage the development and deployment of effective anti-terrorism products and services by providing liability protections. According to a statement by