Security Market Segment LS
Tuesday, 20 March 2018 11:14

New biometric system to boost accuracy of border identity checking Featured

By

A new enterprise biometric identification service to be deployed by Australia’s Department of Home Affairs in July will vastly improve Australia’s biometric storage and processing capability, consolidating biometrics collected through visa and detention programs, according to the federal government.

Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Alex Hawke says the new service will allow the Department of Home Affairs to more accurately process and more effectively analyse biometric data from 100% of travellers.

The new system, announced on Monday, sees Unisys Australia awarded a multi-year contract, valued at up to $44.2 million, to provide high volume, state-of-the-art biometric services to the Department of Home Affairs. The system consolidates biometrics collected through visa and detention programmes with biometric data collected at the border through SmartGates.

Hawke says traveller numbers to Australia are due to increase from 40 to 50 million by 2020 and it is critical that the country has technology that allows legitimate travellers to be efficiently processed, while also ensuring individuals of concern are identified and disrupted.

Hawke said the new system would facilitate legitimate travel and protect the community from the activities of potential terrorists and criminals.

alex hawke big

Alex Hawke testing out the new system on Monday.

“The EBIS system will significantly increase our biometric collection and storage capability, giving us an even stronger platform to identify and protect Australia from individuals who might wish to do us harm.

“It will also help us to identify and facilitate a more seamless travel experience for people who present no risk.

“This is a vital tool for our visa and citizenship services and it provides a significant boost to Australian security to deal with growing international traveller and migration numbers.”

Photo: courtesy Ministry of Home Affairs

CHIEF DATA & ANALYTICS OFFICER BRISBANE 2020

26-27 February 2020 | Hilton Brisbane

Connecting the region’s leading data analytics professionals to drive and inspire your future strategy

Leading the data analytics division has never been easy, but now the challenge is on to remain ahead of the competition and reap the massive rewards as a strategic executive.

Do you want to leverage data governance as an enabler?Are you working at driving AI/ML implementation?

Want to stay abreast of data privacy and AI ethics requirements? Are you working hard to push predictive analytics to the limits?

With so much to keep on top of in such a rapidly changing technology space, collaboration is key to success. You don't need to struggle alone, network and share your struggles as well as your tips for success at CDAO Brisbane.

Discover how your peers have tackled the very same issues you face daily. Network with over 140 of your peers and hear from the leading professionals in your industry. Leverage this community of data and analytics enthusiasts to advance your strategy to the next level.

Download the Agenda to find out more

DOWNLOAD NOW!

Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham is a co-founder of iTWire and a 35-year veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

VENDOR NEWS & EVENTS

REVIEWS

Recent Comments