Bundespolizei / Smart Borders

Pilot project to test permanently optimised border control processes

Smart Borders: an initiative of the EU Commission with the aim of enabling more efficient entry and exit for non-EU citizens. The Schengen external borders are to become intelligent with an entry/exit register and improved control procedures are to increase security.

At the German pilot sites at Frankfurt Airport and the cruise terminal in Rostock-Warnemünde, various technical alternatives for recording the biometric data of travellers were tested within the nine-month EU pilot project. At the same time, all process changes resulting from the introduction of an entry/exit register and their impact on the overall border control were examined - Germany was thus the only EU Member State to fully test the EES-specific control processes end-to-end and evaluate the impact on the planned border control process. The EU Commission's pilot project was formally terminated in November 2015. However, the German project participants are continuing the project nationally in further piloting variants until mid-2017 in order to gain more well-founded findings over a longer period of time.

Federal Police Pilot Project Smart Borders
"We have been successfully using the central PKI system since 2011. After the smooth implementation, the eID PKI Suite has proven to be extremely reliable and stable during operation. We could not afford system failures in the sovereign task of border control."

EasyPASS Project Manager, Department 54, Federal Police

In order for the national border control points to be able to access this data during document verification, their readers must be equipped with digital certificates, which are issued centrally in Germany by the Federal Police. The Federal Police, in turn, has commissioned secunet to implement the DVCA (Document Verifying Certification Authority) certification instance required to create these certificates.

As well as the execution of cryptographic functions and key management for the connected border control systems. The entire certificate exchange and authorisation process thus runs fully automatically in the background of the visible border control.

The German Federal Police relies on secunet's know-how and proven technologies: In addition to the DVCA, secunet has already implemented the TCC and various applications for border control at the Federal Police, such as the semi-automated EasyPASS border control system at Frankfurt Airport.