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Purdue students researching biometrics technology in border control


Student researchers at Purdue University have created a replica U.S.-Visit Federal Inspection Station (FIS) to conduct research into improving the U.S. Customs & Border Protection’s use of biometrics technology in border control, according to a report by Purdue Polytechnic.

Despite the increasing use of biometric devices at U.S. border checkpoints, the technology continues to be challenged by the broad demographic profiles of passengers.

Since passengers vary in height, weight and overall size, it can be difficult for the biometric technologies deployed by airports and border checkpoints to accurately verify passengers in a rapid manner.

Graduate student Zach Moore is using the FIS booth to complete his thesis research, under the university’s International Center for Biometric Research (ICBR).

Using Microsoft Kinect Version 2, Moore’s research involves tracking the body points of FIS system users when they interact with biometric devices, such as fingerprint readers and facial recognition systems.

The results of the research will provide feedback to users of biometric systems to potentially increase usage of this technology by passengers at border checkpoints.

The full description of the research can be viewed on the Homeland Defense and Security Information Analysis Center website.

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