Sessions » Smart mobile devices: Empowering borders

Technical challenges and opportunities for mobile ID


Day 1 - April 30

Ever-increasing numbers of passengers moving across borders is driving authorities to use innovative identity technology solutions. Smart mobile devices can be used both to increase security and ease passenger flows at airports and at land/sea borders.

From verifying a person’s biometrics, to checking the validity of a passenger’s physical travel credentials, this session will consider how smart mobile devices can provide both primary and secondary inspection solutions – and uncover some of the challenges associated with moving from hardware-based to mobile platforms.

Session Chairman’s Introduction

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

SMILE proposes a novel mobility concept by designing, implementing and evaluating prototype management architecture in relevant environments (TRL6) , 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, and 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 end 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.

ID verification using mobile platforms
Arif A Mamedov, President, Regula Baltija Ltd., USA

In this presentation the challenges in moving ID verification from traditional methods using passport/ID scanners to a mobile platform will be discussed, and the advantages and disadvantages of both approaches will be considered. For the mobile platform, both client- and server-side ID validation methods will be considered and Regula's experience in this relatively new emerging field will be shared.

•    Challenges in moving from hardware-based to a mobile phone platform;
•    Client side vs. server side document validation;
•    Using a web camera on PC for document capture;
•    Reading and validation of e-documents using mobile devices.

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