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October 24, 2022

EU Border Agency Publishes Results of Technology Foresight on Biometrics

The European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, has published the results of Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel which aims to transform border checks at the European Union’s external borders.

According to Frontex, millions of travellers cross the external borders of the EU each year, and the number will likely increase even further. Therefore, it has been noted that border checks need to undergo significant transformations to effectively safeguard EU’s external borders as well as to improve the border crossing experience for travellers.

Biometrics is one of the fields that is expected to greatly contribute to the attainment of these goals, and for this reason, Frontex decided to publish the foresight, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“The publication is the outcome of a 9-month intensive project conducted in 2021, which aimed at studying the future of biometrics for its implementation in border check systems that may benefit the work of the European Border and Coast Guard (EBCG) community in both short and longer term,” Frontex explained.

Frontex further clarified that the research study comprised five phases. All of these phases produced their own set of insights that are intended to support Frontex in decision-making processes.

According to Frontex, the agency has identified as well as studied contactless friction ridge recognition, 3D face recognition, infrared face recognition, iris recognition in the NIR spectrum, and iris recognition in the visible spectrum with the strongest potential to influence the future development of Integrated Border Management.

Additionally, the same pointed out that the research was supported by the EU Commission’s DG HOME, FRA, JRC, Europol, eu-LISA, Interpol, and the border management authorities of the Member States, among others.

Previously, Frontex finalised a project for faster and more secure border controls together with D4FLY. The project has been exploring, verifying, as well as developing new technologies to test the capabilities of border authorities that encounter threats in document verification at automated border crossing points.

Earlier in October, Frontex noted that this particular project was tested in two different scenarios. In the first scenario, the project was tested in an automated border post, whereas in the other one, it was tested when the border guards verified people in crowded spaces.

During this project, the passports were scanned by the kiosk, and cameras captured biometric features from different angles.

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