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Snapshot: S&T Tests Face, Iris Systems at Biometric Tech Rally

Balancing speed and security at checkpoints, like airports, is essential to ensuring safe, reliable travel. Many of these checkpoints are increasingly using biometric technology to improve speed and reliability. While recent improvements in biometrics have lowered failure to match rates, many systems fail to quickly acquire biometric information in the first place.DHS S&T's first Biometric Technology Rally  aimed to eliminate these obstacles by testing face and face/iris recognition systems.

Mark Singer, National Protection Program Directorate, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017. Singer was honored for his extraordinary service to DHS components and mission partners in biometrics identity services including facial recognition and iris and fingerprint matching. Official DHS photo by Jetta Disco.

The Secretary’s Award for Excellence 2017

Mark Singer, National Protection Program Directorate, receives the Secretary's Award for Excellence at the Department of Homeland Security Secretary's Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 8, 2017.

News Release: DHS S&T Announces Biometric Technology Rallies

Evaluation research is used to assess the people, processes, tactics, techniques, procedures and policies necessary for implementing systems. It quantifies how effective the design of a system is as well as how the system performs in comparison to its goals and objectives.

Biometric Technology Rally

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will hold a series of Biometric Technology Rallies to support industry innovation and advance technologies that support DHS and Homeland Security Enterprise operations.

Biometric Technology Engine

The Biometric Technology Engine (BT-E) establishes an enduring core capability by leveraging S&T’s biometric expertise and ensuring the re-use of biometric tools, methods, and best practices, as well as support robust testing and evaluation at the Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) to inform applications of biometric technology to specific operational use cases across Apex programs, S&T programs, DHS, and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE).

Snapshot: S&T Evaluates TSA Touch-Free Fingerprint Scanners

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to evaluate new identity verification technology that can reduce the time it takes for travelers to pass through security.

Written testimony of PLCY, CBP, and ICE for a Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border and Immigration hearing titled “Examining the Problem of Visa Overstays: Need for Better Tracking and Accountability”

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Policy (PLCY) Border, Immigration, & Trade Assistant Secretary Michael Dougherty, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Deputy Executive Assistant Commissioner John Wagner, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations National Security Investigations Division Deputy Assistant Director Louis Rodi address the progress DHS is making to incorporate biometrics into the comprehensive entry/exit system, and to identify and report overstays in support of the border security and immigration enforcement missions.

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