Sessions » Technical challenges and opportunities for mobile ID at the border

Technical challenges and opportunities for mobile ID


Day 1 - April 30


Session Chairman’s Introduction

European innovation for land border mobility
Zoltán Székely, Hungarian National Police, Hungary

SMILE proposes a novel mobility concept that addresses the aforementioned challenges by designing, implementing and evaluating in relevant environments (TRL6) prototype management architecture, for the accurate verification, automated control, monitoring and optimization of people’ flows at Land Border Infrastructures. It leverages the capabilities of smart mobile devices in biometric control for secure and trusted authentication, and elaborates on their exploitation as part of a multimodal biometric verification process that supplements/complements existing approaches. The SMILE ecosystem will target EU land borders, which will be the beneficiaries of the proposed solutions. In fact, the proposed technology and business framework developed in SMILE will be validated through pan-European demonstrations in three BCPs.

SMILE aims to:
(1) minimise the exposure of BCPs to security risks and threats; and
(2) help them to respond successfully to security incidents, while relieving them from the unnecessary and costly efforts of identifying, acquiring and using the appropriate technology.

To this CNBP, HBP & RBP BCP partners will deploy and validate the proposed secure and reliable ecosystem in two use cases (Romania Bulgaria), in which the adaptation of SMILE framework to focused applications will be performed.

•    General introduction to public-private partnership in H2020 Secure Societies EU Research Program;
•    Hungarian National Police in the protection of Schengen borders during irregular migration crisis;
•    H2020 SMILE project and its role to facilitate regular migration and cross-border travel across Schengen borders.


Mobile eGates
John A. Peters, Manager New Business Development, OVD Kinegram, Switzerland

To cope with the ever increasing number of passengers moving through airports, border crossing solutions that allow pre-registered travelers to walk through border crossing points are conceivable. For example, using Advanced Passenger Information Systems, facial biometrics can be captured ‘on the go’ and compared with pre-positioned templates stored in a pre-registered database. As the airport infrastructure would need to be designed to allow such passengers to move through the ‘fast-track’ lanes swiftly, efficient solutions are required to handle problematic situations such as false non-matches of biometric templates. One possibility is to use mobile devices, such as smartphones equipped with suitable Apps, to conduct a rapid and convenient secondary inspection.

This presentation will discuss a use case involving a border guard who uses a smartphone App that is not only capable of capturing a facial biometric of the traveler and matching this with a template stored on his passport, but also enabled to inspect and/or verify both the electronic data and the physical security features on the document. 

•    Walk-through borders – What do we do when something goes wrong?
•    Can a smartphone substitute an e-Gate?
•    Secondary inspection using mobile devices.

Arif A Mamedov, President, Regula Baltija Ltd., USA

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