Biometrics experts gather to discuss borders and travel

ID at Borders and Future of Travel Conference

Biometrics experts to gather in Helsinki in April to address border developments with specific reference to impending regulations, technological advances, security and privacy concerns and global migratory issues.

As biometric technology continues to develop at high-speed and use cases expand and evolve, the Biometrics Institute will take a leading role in facilitating the discussion around the how the use of biometrics can enhance the experience of both operators and users at international borders, with over 150 attendees gathering in person in Helsinki from the 18-19 April 2024 at the ID@Borders Conference. The conference is the annual gathering for the Institute’s Borders User Group (BUG), European institutions and our biometrics community of members and stakeholders. 

When do you have the opportunity to meet all the government agencies who are operating the borders, European institutions who are shaping the policy and systems, academia and industry who are developing the latest innovation, all in the one place? says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of the Biometrics Institute.

The Institute prides itself on providing balanced discussions, thought leadership and impartial guidance in a trusted environment to ensure the responsible, ethical and effective use of biometrics. Through its global multi-stakeholder membership community, the Biometrics Institute is uniquely placed to lead this debate, enabling industry experts to share their knowledge and learnings with those new to biometrics in a trusted, off-the-record environment.

This gathering of key decision makers from government, academia, and business, is held entirely under the Chatham House Rule to encourage interactive and open discussion between speakers and delegates. The conference will examine the current state of biometric applications and issues at international border control and will explore themes including the European Entry and Exit System (EES), the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), electronic identification and trust services (eiDAS), the Visa Information System (VIS), Digital Travel Credentials (DTC) for seamless travel, interoperability, privacy and data sharing, securing biometric data from attacks, and biometric applications for the migration and movement of people.    

Expert speakers amongst others include:

  • Agnès Diallo, Executive Director, eu-LISA
  • Fares Rahmun, Smart Borders & Interoperability, Federal Office of Administration (BVA Bundesverwaltungsamt)
  • Jorge da Silva Rodrigues, Deputy Head of Applications Processing Unit, ETIAS Central Unit Division, Frontex
  • Marc Sulon, Head of Sector SmartBorders (EES and ETIAS), European Commission
  • Pasi Nokelainen, System Manager for Border Checks, Finnish Border Guard HQ
  • Susanne Meyersahm, Head of Division, ETIAS Division, Centre for Entry and Data Protection, Danish Ministry of Immigration and Integration

There is still time to join the important discussions, get the inside scoop on what matters, what’s on the horizon and what the borders community is doing to shape a responsible future of biometrics for all at the ID@Borders and Future of Travel Conference 2024.


About the Biometrics Institute

The Biometrics Institute is the independent and impartial international membership organisation for biometric users and other interested parties. It was established in 2001 to promote the responsible and ethical use of biometrics and has offices in London and Sydney.

The member register which represents a global and diverse multi-stakeholder community now lists over 200 membership organisations from 34 countries. It includes banks, airlines, government agencies, biometric experts, privacy experts, suppliers, academics and 14 Observers representing United Nations agencies, IGOs and European Union institutions.

The Biometrics Institute connects the global biometrics community. It shares knowledge with its members and key stakeholders and most importantly, develops good practices and thought leadership for the responsible, ethical and effective use of biometrics.

For more information, please email Marco Lombardi.

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