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Industry roundtable hosted by eu-LISA to focus on biometrics for seamless border crossings


An industry roundtable is being hosted by the eu-LISA to explore the findings and proposals of the Member State Working Group on Land and Sea Borders for managing expedited border crossings of vehicles and pedestrians.

The roundtable is organized by the Romanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, and the Working Group was convened under the Entry-Exit System (EES) Advisory Group. Titled “Making EU land and sea border crossings seamless and secure,” the event includes presenters and speakers from the European Commission, DG Migration and Home Affairs, the Chairperson of the EES Advisory Group, and representatives from IN Groupe, IDEMIA, SITA, Secunet, Deloitte, and Vancouver International Airport. Altogether, more than 100 representatives of the global border management and security industry will gather to discuss legislative requirements, processes, and technologies, according to the announcement.

The Working Group’s report on ICT Solutions for External Borders is now available for download, and considers how to meet all EES requirements, particularly related to biometrics, taking into account the limited time available for border control processes.

“(C)onsidering the fast progress made towards implementation of EES, one thing is very clear – the time for theoretical discussions is over,” says eu-LISA Executive Director Krum Garkov. “Now we need practical and efficient solutions to enable seamless deployment of EES at land and sea borders of the EU. I believe that we will get lots of insights on them today.I am convinced also that the outcomes of discussions today, considering the huge work done by the Agency and the Member States to prepare this round table and the strong support from the Romanian Presidency, will contribute significantly to the successful implementation of EES.”

Representatives from industry will propose practical workflow solutions and outline their views on effective consultation of large-scale IT systems, biometric sample enrolment and verification, and other necessary steps.

EU Parliament recently approved the Common Identity Repository (CIR) to unify biometrics and other identity data of 350 million people from EES and other systems as the regional body overhauls its border control systems.

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