EU to collect biometrics of all visitors, could include post-Brexit UK citizens

The European Parliament has approved a new entry/exit system (ESS) to store the biometric information of all non-EU citizens visiting in and out of the EU Schengen area, which could also include British citizens, post-Brexit, according to a report by Computer Weekly. As part of the Smart Borders package, the electronic system will comprise of a central database storing the name, travel document, fingerprints, facial image, date and place of entry, exit and entry refusal of every third-country national –

Biometrics technology more cost-effective than a border wall

The use of biometric identification technologies could not only help to strengthen immigration security, but also to navigate the turbulent political waters that surround the Trump administration’s proposed border wall, according to a report by FCW. At the connect:ID conference in Washington D.C., Rep. Scott Peters (D-Calif.) said that biometric identification technology “is more cost-effective than a border wall.” “We’re looking for ways to make the border work more efficiently, not shut it down,” said Peters, who holds a seat

NEC launches NeoFace Express facial recognition solution

NEC has launched its NeoFace Express facial recognition solution, a key component of a rapid-access biometric platform. The solution is based on NEC’s NeoFace facial recognition technology and is being demonstrated at the NEC booth at connect:ID this week in Washington, D.C. According to a company statement, NeoFace Express represents a new class of facial recognition-based access control system setting the stage for the future of travel, access, and identity recognition. The solution delivers frictionless, seamless enrollment, verification and identification

Trump administration planning to expand facial recognition use at U.S. airports

The Trump administration is planning to expand the use of biometric facial recognition systems at airports around the United States, according to a report by International Business Times. The Biometric Exit project, which is currently undergoing a trial on a flight from Atlanta to Tokyo, is designed to provide airports across the nation with facial recognition systems. “We currently have everyone’s photo, so we don’t need to do any sort of enrollment,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Larry Panetta recently

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

CBP details biometric entry/exit program plans

The US Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP) is taking the next step of its development of a biometric entry/exit system program by reaching out to the industry with an RFI titled “CBP OIT Biometric Exit Acquisition“, as posted via the U.S. General Services Administration. As discussed in the previous RFI, which was issued on June 20, 2016, the CBP performed four biometric field tests to assess the operational viability of different biometric modalities and traveler processing procedures. These experiments

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

Canadian airports implementing facial recognition technology this spring

Major Canadian airports will be implementing facial recognition technology this spring as part of Canada Border Services Agency’s new traveller screening program, according to a report by the CBC. The self-service border clearance kiosks will identify all travellers entering and returning to Canada in an effort to streamline clearance procedures at the country’s airports. The new kiosks will eventually replace the more limited kiosks that are currently being used at airports. “The new kiosks will improve border security, as well

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

U.S. congressman supports mandatory biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border

As several members of upstate New York’s congressional delegation criticize a plan to move forward with biometric screening at U.S.-Canada border crossings, U.S. Rep. John Katko (R) says he supports the initiative, according to a report by In an interview with The Citizen, Katko said that while he acknowledges the potential consequences that the screening could have on northern and western New York, he is primarily focused on how biometric technology could strengthen border security. “I think we can