The 15th edition of the eu-LISA Sectoral Roundtables, organized in cooperation with the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, took place. June 16, 2022 in Strasbourg.
Evententitled ” Biometric technologies for identity management and verification“examples of biometric technologies for identity management and verification are presented in the context of large-scale IT systems developed and operated by eu-LISA.
Participants shared and discussed experiences and best practices, as well as technologies to fill gaps in identity verification capabilities at external border crossings and solutions for effective identity management.
“Biometric recognition used in degraded environments, identity management as a service, system interoperability and big data management – I think this is a subject of interest for a few close to everyone in our community,” says Cram Garkov, executive director of eu-LISA.
Border crossings are the focus of the upcoming launch of the Entry/Exit System (EES), which will increase border control automation and increase internal security. The system will replace the current practice of hand-stamping a passport with electronic registration in a database of biographical and biometric information, which will help EU Member States manage traveler flows and better control permitted stays and possible overstays.
“When eu-LISA started developing the EES, one of the hurdles was ensuring that the quality of biometric data collection was up to standards, which was especially challenging at the border where border guards encounter a wide range of vehicles. (cars, trucks, trains), but also extreme weather conditions or poor lighting,” says Garkov.
“It has been three years since we addressed these issues in the previous edition of the eu-LISA Industry Roundtables. During this period, eu-LISA has made significant progress in the development of SEA, while the authorities of the member states are gradually modernizing their border crossing points to ensure that all quality criteria are met,” he adds.
On behalf of the French Presidency of the Council of the EU, Jérôme Lethieu, Chief Digital Officer of the Ministry of the Interior, stated that “one of our main challenges today is to ensure that Member States benefit from the most efficient systems adapted to their own particularities. identity management at border crossings and in the context of public safety missions. That is why we must ensure that the tools available to national authorities are constantly adapted to technological developments.”
Throughout the event, attendees presented and discussed industry solutions and business processes to address specific challenges and fill gaps in governance and identity verification.
The round table was divided into two parts:
The first part was dedicated to relevant business processes and technologies that facilitate the processing of third-country nationals crossing the Schengen border in the most efficient and effective way.
The second part is devoted to identity management as a service that integrates the management of biometric matching systems, document verification systems and other related approaches and technologies.
The French police want the mobile fingerprinting feature to partially collect the biometric data of crime victims in order to distinguish it from other data, such as latent fingerprints found at the crime scene. Identification of corpses, verification of identity and right of residence, and registration in information systems for minor offenses also motivated the project.
Jennifer Aflalo, Biometric Identification and Security Program Manager at Isorg, spoke about Isorg organic photodiode sensors as well as sensor implementation and image quality considerations. Used in a dedicated light source scanner, Isorg’s technology meets the quality criteria for highly secure fingerprints, according to Jennifer Aflalo.
The initial prototype design was followed by a larger version and feedback received from the French judiciary, and then a smartphone-sized system intended for final evaluation and comparison with other market alternatives.
Good quality images were delivered with minimal processing, demonstrating Isorg’s success, according to the presentation, with results similar to other FBI-certified biometric technologies.
As an optical device, the scanner can also read identity documents and even latent prints, Aflalo said. Tests have shown that it is possible to collect latent prints on the device, then prints of living objects without compromising the quality of the images of the latter, and this is up to 100 repetitions.
One of the main benefits of the test, from Izorg’s point of view, was the work to fine-tune the image processing needed to meet police requirements.
The eu-LISA Sectoral Roundtables are designed to bring together industry, Member State authorities and EU institutions. They provide a forum for the eu-LISA community to exchange views on new technology development, regulatory requirements and operational processes. Speakers will include representatives from the European Commission, US Customs and Border Protection and Biometric Identification, the German Federal Office for Information Security, the French Ministry of the Interior, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, eu-LISA and industry.
The European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in Freedom, Security and Justice (eu-LISA) was established in 2011 as a long-term solution for the management of large-scale information. system in the field of European Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) and began operating in 2012.
Today, he plays a key role in the management of European border control and internal security information systems, providing expertise to manage and develop large-scale justice and home affairs IT systems and ensure the smooth operation of their communication infrastructures. eu-LISA is headquartered in Tallinn (Estonia), operational management of the systems entrusted to the Agency is carried out in Strasbourg, and the technical backup site is located in St. Johann im Pongau (Austria). The agency also has a liaison office in Brussels (Belgium).