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Roger Edwards

e-Borders Working Group, Secure Identity Alliance (SIA)


Entry/Exit: Stronger, smarter borders for a changing world

For many years, border security professionals have advocated the need to know exactly who and what is crossing the border. From an immigration perspective, this demands a system and set of capabilities to ‘count people in and count people out’ of a country. In 2016, after its initial proposal in 2013, the European Commission issued a legislative proposal for a package of measures known as ‘Smart Borders’, recommending the creation of a European Entry/Exit System and Registered Traveller Programme.  Meanwhile the USA has indicated its conviction to add an Exit capability to its border management processes.

Against this backdrop, this session adopts a global view and considers the latest policy developments, as well as the challenges and practical realities of establishing identity and improving border control effectiveness by recording the time and place of people crossing borders around the world. 


Roger Edwards is a Gemalto representative to the eBorders workgroup of the Secure Identity Alliance (SIA). At Gemalto, Roger works with governments to deploy document reading and biometric solutions at their borders and for internal security.

Roger’s career has included secure document and document authentication in commercial, transport and government identity applications working in both pre and post-sales technical roles; he is currently the Product Manager for Document Readers.



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