- System architecture
- Integration and validation of systems
- User requirements
- Dissemination, demonstration and exploitation
- Project review and viability consultant
Intrepid Minds’ border control innovation group teamed up with the University of Reading, the UK Home Office’s Centre for Applied Science and Technology and other European partners to launch PROTECT – a HORIZON 2020-funded programme to design and prototype “contactless” border controls for the European Union.
The PROTECT consortium was composed of border control/security experts, academics, technologists, industry partners and stakeholder representatives from those sections of society that were likely impacted by changes to the way border control is performed in Europe. This was a HORIZON 2020-funded programme to design and prototype “contactless” border controls for the European Union.
To achieve this, a multi-biometric enrolment and verification system was envisaged, taking into account current and next-generation e‐Passport chips, mobile equipment and person identification ‘on the move’ that worked across a range of border crossing types and has strong user-centric features. PROTECT ran fully functional prototypes of its designs for new biometric border control systems in working locations such as Automated Border Control (ABC) areas, supporting border guards to facilitate smooth and non-intrusive rapid crossing by travellers.
Chris Hurrey, former Assistant Director with the UK Immigration Service and Senior Consultant with Intrepid Minds says:
Since greater use of personal data impacts upon human rights, we were fully aware that there needed to be an honest and assertive study of what the risks are to privacy and how this risks are mitigated and balanced by improving the travel experience and security of the citizen.