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Our product portfolio excels. Our know-how and our technologies are in operation in many European countries - they are all thus ideally prepared for the Entry/Exit System.
Bulgaria: The borders are EES-ready long before its official launch.
"The project to implement an EES-compliant overall solution in Bulgaria together with our partner secunet was a great success. Working closely together, we delivered one of the leading EES-enabled systems that will help the Bulgarian Ministry of Interior and the Bulgarian Border Police to fully comply with the new regulations." - Nikolay Dimchev, General Manager, SSARM Ltd.
The European Entry/Exit System EES planned for 2022 results in an increased effort at all borders of the Schengen area due to the biometric capturing of four fingerprints and facial image for the registration of all travellers from third countries.
Due to these additional steps at primary border control, the processing of travellers takes significantly longer and puts a strain on border officials. Therefore, the existing infrastructure must be adapted to the new challenges. Automation within the processes is inevitable, therefore we have created a complete solution for Bulgaria together with our partner SSARM.
A solution that works on multiple levels: our ABC gates, our self-service kiosks and our newly implemented camera systems and fingerprint readers for the stationary counters significantly simplify the border control processes at Bulgaria's three busiest airports. Thanks to our automation technologies, travellers now have at least a part of their border crossing in their own hands. Their data is recorded quickly and then processed securely.
Despite the challenges of the pandemic, we have managed, together with our partner SSARM, to ensure that the Bulgarian airports are EES-ready long before the official launch. In doing so, we responded flexibly to the individual circumstances at the respective airport and were able to offer all new customer requirements quickly and as needed, integrated them into the project implementation and still delivered on time.
modern borders. easy. Our border gears components at the Bulgarian airport Burgas.
Estonia: Seamless passenger processes, secure biometric enrolment and document verification.
Since 2018, we have been supporting Estonia in modernising its border control and providing important security components and know-how for this purpose: While our easygates accelerate passenger processing at primary border control at Tallinn Airport and Narva land border - the busiest border control points in Estonia -, our middleware, secunet biomiddle, acts in the background as modular infrastructure for mobile, stationary and automated border control. Our PKI solution, secunet eID PKI Suite, ensures comprehensive security for document control with its sophisticated certificate management.
State-of-the-art ABC gates ensure faster border control at Tallinn Airport and Narva land border and noticeably relieve the two busiest border crossings in Estonia. The latest generation of secunet easygate is used in this project. Due to space limitations, so-called "one-door eGates", i.e. eGates without a mantrap, were installed, which enable document control and verification in only one process step: While the passenger stands in front of the easygate and places the travel document on the document reader for authentication, the camera unit integrated in the door - the easyface panel - simultaneously triggers the biometric checks.
secunet biomiddle solves three challenges at once: The middleware connects all components that are needed in the application process to capture biographic and biometric data. At border checkpoints, secunet biomiddle improves stationary and mobile border control. The system coordinates optical and electronic document checks as well as standard biometric functions for data capturing, quality assurance and verification.
“secunet biomiddle is an exceptional product for building state level document verification and biometric enrolment solutions. SMIT got great support and all problems were solved just-in-time.”
Rein Süld, IT and Development Centre, Ministry of the Interior (SMIT)
Our customer in Estonia uses our eID PKI Suite for certificate management in the context of issuing electronic travel documents and border control. This PKI infrastructure is now also used by easygates for the verification of travel documents during automated border control. Here, too, the process is thus significantly more reliable and secure.
secunet border gears - for modern border control infrastructures that are also EES-compliant.
All aboard when EES takes off:
secunet border gears
Our secunet border gears product portfolio stands for maximum security, and is 100% EES-ready, modular and strictly standard-compliant. Installed as a partial solution, the individual components fit seamlessly into any existing structure. Completely installedAs a complete solution, secunet border gears forms a strong and holistic border infrastructure with a long service life. Thus, border authorities and airport operators are optimally prepared for the EES launch and even for all further requirements in the future.
Premium security from the bottom up:
The secunet easygate proves itself every day at many European airports and sets the highest standards in document authentication and biometric liveness detection – along with a superb performance: in just a few seconds, travellers can cross the border by themselves. Like all secunet border gears components, it is designed to meet the requirements of sovereign use andpublic sector applications, thanks to the latest morphing attack detection algorithms, it is also protected against the newest attack scenarios.
Keeping the dream team together:
While the middleware secunet biomiddle operates in the background, the border control application secunet bocoa pulls everything together on the frontend: it communicates quickly and securely with the eGates, kiosks and all necessary background systems and police databases. secunet bocoa provides all relevant results of document verification and identity checks at a glance to on the devices of the border control officers.
Speed is not rocket science:
An improved, efficient and nearly seamless passenger flow through automated processes: This is what secunet easykiosk stands for, as the ideal complement to secunet easygate. The self-service kiosk absorbs the additional workload caused by the EES just as easily as it does the increased passenger volumes. With it, travellers can independently pre-register their data for border control purposes. It can be used practically anywhere in the world and thanks to its modularity, automated processes can be flexibly defined.
Setting the direction right from the start:
Experience-based consulting expertise
As specialists in implementing EES, we are familiar with the specific requirements of border control at air, land and sea borders down to the last detail. Thanks to our 25 years of project experience, we have mastered meshing processes and technologies. In the areas of biometrics, electronic identity documents and border control, we offer excellent, well-founded consulting services: with a fixed dedicated team of contact persons, we find the most suitable, individual solution for every challenge.
Fast roll-out while business runs as usual:
We deliver on time
Because our customers' scheduleing is a top priority, we keep an eye on the entire EES process chain and ensure costs and schedules stay within the agreed framework, however complex the installation. We deliver on time, stay in close contact with all project stakeholders and ensure passenger traffic runs smoothly even during installation. With secunet, your project is handled quickly and reliably, giving a result that is 100% EES-ready.
Protecting your investment:
Best practice – guaranteed
Our product portfolio makes it as simple and sustainable as possible for our customers: secunet border gears is designed to be scalable, future-proof and all components are strictly standard-compliant. Thanks to the perfectly aligned and synchronised products, projects can be implemented precisely and border infrastructures can be expanded according to individual needs. secunet border gears embodies best practice today and a guaranteed safe investment the days after tomorrow.
What are the objectives of the EES?
- Modernize and increase the quality and efficiency of border controls in Europe.
- Facilitate border crossing for all third-country nationals
- Supporting EU member states in dealing with steadily growing numbers of passengers - without having to deploy additional border guards
- Entry and exit will become more transparent, making the external borders as a whole more secure
- It will be easier for European nations:
- Detect overstayers
- prevent illegal entries
- Combat document and identity fraud
- Protect themselves more effectively against terrorism and organized crime
When will the EES start operating?
As things stand, the EES will begin operations in 2024.
Which travelers are affected by the EES?
Visa-obligated and visa-exempt third-country nationals traveling to the Schengen area.
What data will be stored?
- 4 fingerprints
- Facial image
- Date and place of entry and exit
- Identity details and other information from the travel document
Each data record resembles an electronic stamp; this eliminates the previous manual stamping process.
How long will the data be stored and who will have access to the data?
The data is usually stored for 3 years. In the case of overstayers, the duration increases to 5 years.
Access is granted to migration offices, border guards and, under certain conditions, general law enforcement authorities and Europol staff.
What concrete impact will the EES roll-out have on the workflow processes during border control at the EU's external borders?
At all EU external borders (air, land, sea), third-country travelers must be registered with their biometric features face and fingerprint.
Border control officers will thus have to integrate biometric enrollment procedures into the control process for the first time as of the introduction of the EES, in addition to the control and verification activities that already have to be carried out. This leads to new challenges for the border control personnel themselves as well as for the processes and technologies to be used in connection with border control.
Are there age restrictions on biometric enrollment? If yes, which ones?
A facial image is taken of every third-country traveler (including, for example, infants). Fingerprints may only be registered from the age of 12.
Are there regulations which biometric feature has to be used primarily for identification?
No, national authorities must determine for each border crossing point whether facial images or fingerprints are to be used as the primary biometric for performing identification.
Which technical guidelines and standards are relevant for the EES?
The German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) has published various technical guidelines in the area of biometrics and eIDs. With regard to the Entry/Exit system, the following two technical guidelines are of particular importance:
- BSI TR-03121 Biometrics in sovereign applications.
- BSI TR-03135 "Machine Authentication of MRTDs for Public Sector Applications".
Both technical guidelines are available as free downloads on the BSI website.
Another technical guideline is currently under development: BSI TR-03156 "Public Sector Identity Management in Conjunction with European Registers and Border Control".
For biometric quality, ISO/IEC 19794-5 (facial image) and NFIQ 2.0 (fingerprint image) are relevant.
What measures must be taken at border checkpoints to capture facial images compliant with EES requirements?
According to EES requirements, initial registration requires the capture of a passport-quality facial image (ISO/IEC 19794-5) of each third-country traveler. This requires a capture system that can capture a frontal as well as well-lit facial image - regardless of environmental conditions or the traveler's height. The use of height-adjustable camera systems with diffuse illumination is the most reliable way to implement this.
What is the National Uniform Interface (NUI)?
The National Uniform Interface (NUI) will enable the secure connection of the EES Central System to the national border control infrastructures of the Member States. It will be based on common technical specifications and will be identical for all Member States.
What is the role of eu-LISA in the context of EES?
eu-LISA is responsible for the development of the EU Entry/Exit system and its operational management.
Will the Visa Information System (VIS) be interoperable with the EES?
Yes, the VIS will be interoperable with the EES. To enable interoperability between the EES Central System and the VIS Central System, eu-LISA will establish a secure communication channel between the EES and the VIS.
How can longer waiting times be avoided despite the additional necessary and complex processes?
Longer waiting times can be reduced primarily through automation and simplification of processes at key points:
- Self-service kiosk systems shift the time-consuming process of data entry and document verification in front of
- eGates (or ABC gates) enable travelers to cross the border on their own in the shortest possible time.
- At the stationary border control counter, applications specially developed for border control visualize the check results from different systems (results of pre-registration at the kiosk) at a glance
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