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CBP is testing facial recognition for in-car travelers at the Mariposa port of entry

The United States Customs (CBP) has launched a pilot program at the Mariposa Port of Entry to implement biometric vision testing for vehicle travelers. This initiative aims to verify the identity of passengers crossing the border in vehicles and is part of the department’s ongoing efforts to improve border security and simplify the inspection process, which they call a “safe, contactless travel experience.”

“We are excited to test this innovative technology at the Mariposa border crossing,” said Michael Humphries, port director for the area. “Simplified arrival will improve and further secure the vehicle entry process at our land border ports.”

As part of the technological setup, numerous cameras have been strategically placed placed to capture real-time images of vehicle occupants as they approach the main inspection booth. These images are then compared to existing photos held by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) using the Traveler Verification Service (TVS). This process involves a one-to-one (1:1) biometric facial comparison between the live and source photos stored in DHS databases.

TVS is a cloud-based biometric matching service that uses an algorithm to compare live photos with existing photos and is designed to perform both 1:N and 1:1 facial recognition matching.

To ensure the privacy of all travelers, Face’s biometric technology will delete photos of U.S. citizens within 12 hours of the entry inspection process. For foreign nationals who are required to provide biometric data, their photos are transferred and stored in DHS’s Automated Biometric Identification System (IDENT) to meet regulatory requirements.

Various US federal laws mandate the government should establish and implement an entry-exit data system that reconciles arrival and departure data and keeps Congress regularly informed of its progress. These laws also stipulate the inclusion of biometric data for foreigners.

In addition, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 requires the Secretary of Homeland Security to devise a strategy to accelerate the implementation of an automated biometric entry and exit data system that matches the information provided by aliens upon their arrival and departure from the country. United States.

In the past CBP implemented biometric facial recognition technology at two new pedestrian crossings, San Ysidro and Otay Mesa. According to CBP, the process takes just a few seconds and is 97 percent accurate.

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biometric matching | biometrics | border security | CBP | facial biometrics | identity verification

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