Veridos to lead EU research project focusing on border control technologies

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Identification technology developer Veridos will head a new EU-funded research project focusing on enhancing the quality and efficiency of identity verification at airport border crossings.

Veridos will act as a consortium leader and will work together with 18 partners on the project, which is funded by the EU Research and Innovation program Horizon 2020.

Referred to as D4FLY, the project focuses on the authentication of travelers on the move with the primary goal of making border control faster and more secure.

Research topics will include 3D facial recognition, the use of smartphones as a means of identification, document forgery detection, and anti-spoofing. The potential benefit of blockchain technology in identity verification will also be investigated.

Dr Silke Bargstädt-Franke, senior vice president and head of product management at Veridos, said, “The use of biometrics for identification at border crossings has significantly improved security and efficiency. However, we need to continuously advance the technology in order to tackle abuse and manipulation.

“D4Fly will, for example, evaluate techniques to detect so called spoofing, which is the use of face masks or other artificial replicas to fool the biometric authentication.”

Four different border control points and one document fraud expertise center will form the project’s testing and demonstration ground including locations in Greece, Lithuania and the Netherlands. D4Fly is the fourth EU research project for Veridos in recent years.

For more on identify verification and airport security, check out the ‘Aviation Security, Border Control & Facilitation’ stream at the Passenger Terminal Conference, which takes place during Passenger Terminal Expo, on March 26, 27 and 28, 2019, in London.

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