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Media Release: Annual Borders Conference to address use of biometrics for seamless passenger flow and counter terrorism

The Biometrics Institute is pleased to announce its annual ID@Borders conference will be held in Brussels from 18-19 April 2018. The event will address current challenges in managing identities along the border continuum, and will provide an independent and impartial forum for key players in the borders, aviation, travel and biometrics industries.

As the adoption of biometric technologies at national borders and transportation hubs increases, the conference will hone in on two main themes: the secure and effective movement of people, and the identification and creation of capabilities for optimum border management. Within this, topics such as preventing criminal activity and human trafficking, data privacy management, and dealing with biometrics vulnerabilities will be addressed.

In addition to hearing from international immigration, customs and defence agencies regarding immigration procedures and seamless passenger flow, there will be updates on interoperability and biometrics on the move.

"We are seeing a lot of excitement around biometrics to facilitate seamless passenger initiatives around the world" says Isabelle Moeller, Chief Executive of Biometrics Institute "and we shall explore the opportunities and challenges around this at the ID@Borders event"

Delegates can also look forward to panel discussions on specific topics including the use of biometrics for counter terrorism purposes, and how to find a balance between privacy, human rights and national security. Moeller explains “This is a critical topic for the industry and aligns with our project in partnership with UN CTED to examine how biometrics can aid in combatting foreign terrorist fighters, but also the privacy considerations that need to be in place.”

Confirmed speakers include representatives from the UK Home Office, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, Ministry of Defence, University of Reading, and international organisations such as UN CTED, INTERPOL, ICAO and IOM.

Digital security company, Gemalto, has signed up as a Platinum Sponsor.

A half day seminar on GDPR and biometrics will take place the day prior on 17 April.

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 use of biometrics. It provides its members and key stakeholders with information about best practices including the Biometrics Privacy Guidelines, the Top 10 Vulnerability Questions and an annual industry survey. It has over 230 membership organisations from around the world.

For enquiries contact:
Isabelle Moeller |Email:  Web:
Twitter: @BiometricsInsti

You may also like to read the Biometrics Institute Viewpoint on Biometrics at the Borders.