Al Gina Talks NAFTA with Trade Officials at Annual U.S./Canada Border Conference

The annual U.S./ Canada Border Conference, held in Detroit on September 20-21, convenes current and former senior officials from U.S. and Canadian border agencies to discuss issues impacting the two countries’ cross-border relationship. The conference was established soon after the 2011 U.S. and Canada joint “Beyond the Border” declaration as a forum to advance the … Read more

To Encourage Open-Source Technology Solutions, DHS Awards $1.5 million for Passenger Screening Algorithm Challenge

On July 9, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in conjunction with the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) announced eight winners of the Passenger Screening Algorithm Challenge. Contestants were challenged to develop automated algorithms that will lower false alarm rates at airport checkpoints. The eight prizes, totaled $1.5 million and ranged from … Read more

‘AVATAR’ Technology Utilizes Artificial Intelligence to Interview Border Crossers

The Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real Time (AVATAR), developed at the University of Arizona’s National Center for Border Security and Immigration (BORDERS), has been undergoing tests  with the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA). Prior to the recent tests with CBSA, AVATAR had been tested at a U.S.-Mexico SENTRI lane in Nogales, Arizona in 2011 and in … Read more

New ‘Global’ Trusted Traveler Concept Could Increase Efficiency, but Raises Questions on Technology and Sovereignty

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, last month Accenture, in collaboration with the WEF, the Canadian and Dutch governments and other stakeholder groups introduced The Known Traveller Digital Identity (KTDI). KTDI “aims to build an encrypted, biometrically-protected profile that air travellers can show at border checks to demonstrate that they are a low risk … Read more

Travel to the U.S., a Major U.S. Export, is Down in 2017 as Industry Urges White House to Rethink Policy Messaging

In the first half of 2017, international travel to the U.S. decreased by 3.9 percent according to the National Travel and Tourism Office. The biggest drop in number of visitors to the U.S. from any one country has been Mexico, which has seen a 9.4% decline in 2017.  If considered a U.S. export, foreign tourism … Read more

Biometrics for Government & Law Enforcement Conference Gathers Stakeholders from Around the World to Discuss Best Practices

The Biometrics for Government and Law Enforcement Conference was held from July 26th -28th, 2017, just outside Washington D.C.  The Conference is held every few months in DC and other parts of the country.  This particular 3-day event included the perspective of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), while also focusing more closely on the … Read more

Andrew Farrelly Discusses Biometric Screening at Airport Checkpoints with The Voyage Report

Over the past year there has been an expanded use of biometric passenger screening tools by private airlines, airports, and Department of Homeland Security agencies aimed at making the air travel process more secure and efficient. One of the latest is an effort by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate the use fingerprint scanners … Read more

Australia linking passports and drivers’ licenses to new biometric system, could have applications for Border Management

Australia is implementing a new network of systems to link passports and driver licenses photos for quicker and more complete biometric identification. Under this architecture, photos and still images from Australia’s CCTV system will go through a face-identification system to match them against a database repository that consists of a network of systems containing passport, … Read more

CBP Facilitates Record Level of Travelers and Modernizes Trade Systems in FY2016

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released statistics detailing its facilitation of Trade and Travel. According to the article, CBP in FY2016 processed a record number of passengers. More than 390 million travelers were processed at U.S. air, land, and sea ports of entry. Of that total, 119 million travelers were processed solely at air … Read more

EU Signs Bilateral Air Traveler Information-Sharing Agreements with U.S. and Others

The European Union has signed bilateral Passenger Name Record (PNR) Agreements with the United States, Canada and Australia. PNR data, which includes the information used by an individual traveler to purchase an airline ticket, is submitted by airlines to the authorities. It can then be used by law enforcement to interdict high risk passengers attempting … Read more