EU borders to become biometric by '21
The European Entry/Exit System (EES) will make you wish you were better prepared
All of the external borders of the European Union (EU) are to become biometric by 2021, which effectively requires authorities to register all travelers to the EU from third countries: a tremendous challenge, to say the least.
All entry events of so-called “third country travelers” – inbound travel by individuals from outside the Schengen area – will have to be recorded and saved to a European database, which poses an unprecedented challenge for the EU.
What is the EES?
An Entry/Exit System (EES) is being developed by the Agency in order to further improve the management of the external borders and, in particular, to verify compliance on the authorized period of stay on the territory of the Member States.
With the migratory pressure and the wave of attacks on Europe of the recent years, border management has become a top priority for the European Commission (EC).
Without entering the slippery streets of political conversation, one cannot but agree that the question of border-protection and immigration has become a leading subject of our everyday life, independently from where we live.
The system will electronically register the time and place of entry and exit of third-country nationals, and calculate the duration of their authorized stay. It will replace the obligation to stamp the passports of third-country nationals which is currently applicable to all Member States.
ARH does have a project for installing ABC gates, which are specifically needed to implement EES control.
The objectives of the EES include the prevention of irregular immigration and facilitate the management of migration flows. The EES will contribute to the identification of any person who does not fulfill or stopped fulfilling the conditions of authorized stay on the territory of the Member States. Additionally, the EES should contribute to the prevention, detection and investigation of terrorist offenses and other serious criminal offenses.
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ESS is a powerful prevention and detection tool of the EU. Criminal activities such as human trafficking, illegal immigration or the trafficking of objects are today the result of illicit border crossings, largely facilitated by the lack of registration at the entrance and exit points of the Union.
The usual scenario used by malevolent individuals is well known to authorities and experts alike: following a standard control when entering the Schengen area, identity documents are destroyed in view of malicious activities, knowing that it would be almost impossible to be authenticated.
ARH focuses on the elimination of counterfeiting practices at border crossings, and takes part in Frontex events on a regular basis. ARH is also a source of information on the subject with relevant articles, such as the one on the higher security checks by reading digitally stored face photos.
Even if EES assumes that all visitors are law-abiding and well-intentioned, the system will eventually be a powerful device for the prevention and detection of terrorist activities or other serious criminal offenses. The information stored in the new register for 5 years also include information about people being turned back at borders – mainly names, passport numbers, fingerprints and photos. These will be made accessible to all of the border and visa issuing authorities, as well as to Europol.
ARH document readers provide fast, accurate passenger check-ups in many parts of the world. Larger references include installations in the Netherlands, Lithuania, Croatia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Hong-Kong, and Cuba.
The system will be available for surveys in particular, given the possibility of consulting cross-border and historical movements. All this in the strictest respect of human dignity and the integrity of people, according to the regulation 2017/2226 of the European Parliament.
EES is very clear on this: no discrimination based on sex, color, ethnic or social origin, genetic characteristics, language, religion or belief, political opinion or any other opinion is to be made.
Belonging to a national minority, questions of wealth, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation of visitors will also be excluded from the scope of investigation of EES.
One of the key aspects of the audit process is checking the traveler's identity document. This is a complex task: on one hand, the system needs to know and manage all of the personal documents, and on the other hand it needs to read the data, run the authenticity check in just a few seconds and compare the data with the databases of the authorities in the background. This can only be done with the most innovative and tested technology, such as the devices that ARH has developed and produced in the last 20 years.
ARH’s dedicated document readers have been conceived for the most mission critical and harsh environments: border control, police system, military usage. This is a true heritage that has been used within the civil sector. High quality, durable and excellent image quality.
ARH document readers have recently received German BSI certificates . This document reader authentication is reserved for the very best products with an especially strict requirement system.
If you want to learn more about the specific challenges and difficulties that the introduction of EES will pose, stay with us for our next piece coming out on March 8.