Planet Biometrics - Day 2: Biometrics at the Border: advancing Mobility, Enhancing Security
“Europe's digital borders - from SIS, VIS and EURODAC to EES"
The road to smarter and more secure borders has been challenging in times where freedom of movement, record passenger growth and the demand for extensive border checks appear to contradict one another.
After a brief overview on historic steps to secure Europe’s borders - from SIS and VIS to EURODAC – the presentation focuses on current developments alongside the introduction of the EU Entry/Exit System (EES): It shows EES scenarios for air, land and sea borders based on a sustainable approach addressing all stakeholders. Interoperability as well as technologies that are geared to the specific needs are essential in managing the demand for seamless passenger processes while not compromising border security. A major challenge in this context is the biometric enrolment at borders that becomes mandatory with the introduction of the EES and is required for Third Country Nationals entering the Schengen area. To assure security, the same depth of the control process must be guaranteed – at any border and any time. The quality of the biometric enrolment and verification plays an important role in this process but is also one of the biggest challenges for different stakeholders. As biometrics are becoming the ‘new normal’ for traveller identification, protection against circumvention is of utmost importance.
Michael Schwaiger is Product Manager in the Homeland Security division of secunet Security Networks AG. secunet is one of Europe’s leading providers of high-quality IT security and internationally recognized expert for electronic identity (eID) and border control applications.
Michael has been with secunet for more than 10 years and is an expert in the evaluation and design of biometric-based eID and border control systems. He is responsible for secunet’s border gears product portfolio that comprises sustainable EES-ready solutions, including Automated Border Control Systems and kiosk systems.
He holds a Master’s degree in IT Security from the University of Applied Science in Upper Austria. Michael has a certification from IEEE as a certified Biometrics Professional (CBP). He resides with his family in Austria.