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Intelligence and Innovation at the Border

Churchill Room

Session Chair's Introduction
Matthew Finn, SDW 2018 Conference Co-Chair and Managing Director, AUGMENTIQ, UK

The intelligence led border – Assuring identity, facilitating passengers, managing risk
Andy Smith, Head of Business Development, Border Management, Government Services, SITA, UK

The transport industry is awash with data; some used more effectively than others. 2018 is a momentous year for traveller data, with the PNR Directive coming into effect, and European Entry–Exit System (EES) and Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS) programmes commencing. Andy’s speech will look at these developments, the impact they are having on the operational aspects of the industry and the travelling public. He will share the latest thinking on the use of technology to improve the passenger experience, whilst also enhancing the security of the border. The need for collaboration will be discussed, particularly as travel becomes multi-modal, governments want more and better quality data, passengers want self-service technology solutions, and risks continue their ever-increasing profile.

•    The need for collaboration in the travel industry;
•    The importance of Identity Assurance in the industry;
•    Will biometric travel tokens and blockchain technology mean the end of the passport?

Touch-and-go ePassports – this is how ABC should work!
Peter Schmallegger, Marketing Manager, NXP Semiconductors, Austria

When operating ABC immigration gates, optimising traveller throughput is key. The electronic inspection time of an ePassport is a major part of the overall transaction time for the traveller. the process abortion rate in particuarl is influenced by chip reading time: a passenger that has to wait too long may just pull away their ePassport and check if they have done everything right, thus inadvertently aborting the inspection process. So speed means success in inspection. The use of payment cards at public transport terminals has shown how optimization for throughput can happen without compromising security. Overall, security microprocessors have come a long way since the first ePassport generation – despite massively enhanced security requirements and much more complex security protocols. In addition, the inspection time has been reduced spectacularly. How could this be accomplished? What does the future hold? This presentation will include a live demo of a next-generation ePassport and indicate achievable performance for the foreseeable future. We will also look at the upcoming buzzwords in ePassport technology – LDS2.0, as well as the virtualization trend – and discuss what they could mean in the context of inspection performance.

•    Automated border crossing systems rely on ePassports with short inspection time.
•    Improvements have been impressive so far – how many seconds can still be shaved off?
•    What do new technology developments mean for overall system performance?


BODEGA: innovative, ethically and societally compatible socio-technical solutions for border control context
Veikko Ikonen, BODEGA Project Coordinator, Senior Scientist, Technical Research Center of Finland VTT Ltd, Finland

This session will present the work carried out during the BODEGA project, proposing innovative modes of interaction between humans and technologies at EU border crossings. A summary of border guards’ human factor needs and requirements for both existing and future border control systems, identified through field observations and interviews with end-users, will be provided. This will be followed by an overview of recommendations, specifications and other types of solutions related to border control technology elaborated during the project. The main focus of the solutions presented will be on document and identify verification systems, data and video based risk analysis systems and Human-Machine Interfaces (HMI) for operators of Automated Border Control (ABC) systems. 

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