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Biometric border control technology being considered for Trinidad and Tobago


In an effort to prevent international terrorism suspects from entering or leaving Trinidad and Tobago, the country’s Minister of National Security acknowledged that the government is considering introducting facial recognition and fingerprinting at the country’s two international airports, according to a report by Trinidad and Tobago Newsday.

The Minister, Major General Edmund Dillon, said, “We are presently evaluating effective border control technology such as biometric facial recognition and automated fingerprint recognition for installation at the two international airports.”

Dillon also said that the government was improving process to detect forged or stolen documents and continues to embark on several initiatives aimed at border management and intelligence gathering including: establishing a joint border protection agency; restructuring of the intelligence agency; upgrading databases to allow agencies to monitor persons; surveillance on suspected terrorists, and; observing the activities of security concerns.

According to the Newsday report, Trinidad and Tobago police are working with international partners to “gather and to develop the international database”.

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