Introduction to the Research
With growing passenger volumes and pressures for secure identity control at the European Union’s borders, interest is growing in automating and harmonising border control processes. A research project entitled FastPass is developing solutions for this purpose.
What is FastPass ?
FastPass is a European Commission funded research and development project carried out by 27 partners.
These partners include : AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT, Bundesministerium fuer Inneres (Federal Ministry of the Interior, Republic of Austria), Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH (Austrian State Printing House), Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Foerderung der angewandten Forschung E.V., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Rajavartiolaitos – Finnish Border Guard RVL, secunet Security Networks AG, Mirasys Oy, Regula Baltija Ltd., University of Reading, International Centre for Migration Policy Development, Tampereen yliopisto (University of Tampere), Gunnebo Entrance Control Ltd, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, MODI Modular Digits GmbH, Magnetic Autocontrol GmbH, The European Union, represented by the European Commission, represented by the Joint Research Centre, ITTI Sp. z o.o., Deltabit Oy, University of Oxford, The Romanian Border Police, Finavia Cooperation, Municipal Port Authority (Fund) Of Mykonos, Fraport AG Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide, Flughafen Wien AG (Vienna International Airport), Intrepid Minds Ltd.
It will establish and demonstrate a harmonised approach for automated border control gates at European borders. The aim is providing a solution facilitating both the border crossing for the traveller and the identity control for the border guards, while respecting data protection and privacy issues. FastPass provides an innovative but also highly reliable solution, taking into account all security aspects in the design and development process.
How can you get involved?
Indeed, the project is developing modules against the most recent attacks both on identity documents and biometrics, such as face or finger spoofing, attacks with mobile devices and piggybacking in ABC gates. In this way, FastPass guarantees a better detection of counterfeit documents and identification of fraud. It reduces false alarms by a factor of three in case of piggybacking and presents new liveliness detection systems.
Disabled passengers are one of the stakeholders FastPass will to consult during the development process:
Would they like to use the automated gates, or do they prefer the current, assisted process?
What kinds of requirements do they have for the new gates?
Do you travel by air?
We would like to ask you some questions about self-service e-gates at border control. Many airports have introduced automated electronic gates that use biometrics (usually a facial scan) to identify passengers. Not many of them are currently accessible to people with disabilities or reduced mobility. We at the European research project FastPass would like to know how you feel about this, as we are developing new solutions for self-service border control and for harmonising the processes and gates in Europe.
So, If you belong to the category as a disabled user and are willing to share your opinion, please fill out the FastPass survey.
You can complete the survey in about 5 minutes at FastPass Survey
Alternatively, you may use the Word-format survey and send it directly to us by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Researchers at FastPass project
Traveling with MS would like to thank researcher Pinja Lehtonen at the School of Management (University of Tampere, Finland) and Dr. Anne-Marie Oostveen, Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (University of Oxford) in getting in touch with us. Wishing them all the very best.