secunet software forms backbone of national visa system

European Visa Information System launched[Essen/Germany, 20 October 2011] The European Visa Information System (VIS) went into operation on 11 October. The participating Schengen states use the system to store the visa data of travellers from third countries who are subject to a visa requirement. In Germany and Austria, the biometric data of the applicants is recorded using secunet biomiddle software.

secunet biomiddle is a middleware for biometric systems and electronic identity documents (eIDs). It enables the modular use of biometric system components and ID readers in various biometric or eID applications. In Germany, secunet biomiddle has already been in use for a number of years on all clients of the Federal Police for border control and now also forms the basis for visa control when entering the country. Together with data collection for the European Visa Information System (VIS) in diplomatic representations, secunet biomiddle forms the backbone of the national visa system.

The Austrian diplomatic representations also use secunet biomiddle for the collection of VIS data and for border control. As part of the final expansion of the VIS, the secunet software will be used on more than one thousand clients in 330 German and Austrian diplomatic representations and, on average, process one visa application every 10 seconds.

The aim of the European Visa Information System (VIS) is to improve the joint visa policy and simplify processing for the issuing and checking authorities. Alongside personal data, a facial image and fingerprint data of the applicant is stored in the VIS. The biometric data make it easier to check the identity of the visa holder, which speeds up the border control process and increases safety at the same time.