Since 2013, the European Commission has been working on the ‘Smart Borders’ project
11 September 2017
Since 2013, the European Commission (EC) has been working on the ‘Smart Borders’ project to ensure the security of its external borders as well as monitoring the steady increase in traveller numbers. The Smart Borders project is anticipated to incorporate biometric checks in order to identify previously denied persons who enter the Schengen area, to better identify criminals, identify persons who are staying within the EU longer than authorized and to enable an automated border control process. Pilot tests were carried out for this project at land, sea and air borders. JENETRIC has been part of this pilot project at Frankfurt Airport (FRA) in Germany that has been using JENETRIC’s fingerprint scanner, LIVETOUCH Quattro, for several months. For integration into the border control system, JENETRIC has cooperated with the German Federal Police and the IT security company Secunet Security Networks AG. A few months into the pilot, test results have confirmed that the capture of travellers’ fingerprints was considerably simplified and therefore the officers can now concentrate on the actual verification of the traveller’s identity.