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DHS to present on biometric technology at SMi’s Border Security 2017

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is developing a plan to significantly expand the collection of biometric data at US borders to more closely track foreign visitors.

The agency will deliver two presentations on the implementation of biometrics at SMi Group’s Border Security 2017 conference, which will held February 15 to 16 in Rome, Italy.

Paul Hunter, chief biometrics strategy of the biometrics division at DHS/USCIS/Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRS) Directorate USCIS, DHS will deliver a presentation titled “Homeland Security: how the future of biometric technology will improve facilitation, security and the customer experience”.

Hunter’s presentation will focus on the current and future use of biometric technology at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), how biometrics are collected and used, and a strategic look into the future of biometrics at USCIS and DHS.

William Phillips, director of Identity Capabilities Management Division (ICMD), Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), DHS will discuss “The Future of DHS Biometric Identity Services – Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) Way Ahead”.

The presentation will discuss OBIM’s mission and current IDENT capabilities, provide a status update on the HART procurement, detail the scope and capabilities of the new HART system, and provide an in-depth discussion about HART’s development by increment.

The two presentations will provide the latest updates and future plans of biometrics for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to DHS, Border Security 2017 will feature officials from the Italian Coast Guard, Guardia di Finanza, Borders & Immigration UK, Austrian Armed Forces, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Finnish Customs, SITA, NATO, and more.

These presenters will explore the topics of smart border technology, surveillance and detection, threats and border management as well as operational case studies which will look into maritime rescue, border controls, and immigration law.

A pre-conference workshop entitled ‘Biometrics for Border Management and Security’ will coincide with the conference, which will be led by Max Snijder, CEO of the European Biometrics Group, European Association for Biometrics.

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