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

American Airlines Partners with TSA to Deploy 3D CT Screening Device at JFK; Optimistic for Faster Passenger Processing

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and American Airlines announced the installation of a Computed Tomography (CT) screening device at New York’s JFK Airport Terminal 8 Passenger Screening Checkpoint. The machine installed is produced by the company analogic and uses CT scanning technology to create detailed 3D images of scanned carry-on bags. The installation of the scanning equipment at … 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

Think Tanks Question Biometric Exit Program’s Value and Privacy Implications

The development of a Biometric Exit system, a program required by law to be implemented by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is back in focus as Congressional members attempt to include funding for the program along with comprehensive immigration reform legislation. Recently, CATO, a D.C.-based Think Tank, called the development of a Biometric Exit program “a big … 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