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Border Security Conference - 26/10/2016

U.S. Department of Homeland Security discuss biometric technology at Border Security 2017

SMi’s 10th annual Border Security conference returns to Rome on the 15th and 16th February 2017.

"Homeland Security officials are working on a plan to vastly expand the collection of biometric information at US borders in an effort to more closely track foreign visitors." *(Source)

With biometric technology becoming a tool used widely across the globe in order to enhance border security, this will be one of the key topics that will be under the spotlight in the 2017 agenda. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will be providing two presentations that will explore the implementation of Biometrics in great detail.

Paul Hunter, Chief Biometrics Strategy/Biometrics Division, DHS/USCIS/Immigration Records and Identity Services (IRS) Directorate USCIS, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will speak on "Homeland Security: how the future of biometric technology will improve facilitation, security and the customer experience".  His presentation will focus on:

  • The current and future use of biometric technology at US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
  • How biometrics are collected and used 
  • A strategic look into the future of biometrics at  USCIS and DHS

William Phillips, Director of Identity Capabilities Management Division (ICMD), Office of Biometric Identity Management (OBIM), U.S. Department of Homeland Security will provide a presentation on "The Future of DHS Biometric Identity Services - Homeland Advanced Recognition Technology (HART) Way Ahead". This session will provide delegates with:

  • A short overview of OBIM's mission and current IDENT capabilities
  • Status update on the HART procurement
  • Explanation of the scope and capabilities of the new HART system
  • In-depth discussion about HART's development by increment

With recent discussions regarding further enhancement of biometric information at US borders; these not to be missed presentations will be extremely insightful as they provide the latest updates and future plans of biometrics for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

DHS will be joined by the likes of Italian Coast Guard, Guardia di Finanza, Borders & Immigration UK, Austrian Armed Forces, Swedish National Bureau of Investigation, Finnish Customs, SITA, NATO and many more as they explore the following topics: smart border technology, surveillance and detection, threats and border management as well as operational case studies which will look into maritime rescue, border controls, immigration law and so much more...

Running alongside the conference will be a pre-conference workshop entitled ‘Biometrics for Border Management and Security’, which will be led by Max Snijder, CEO of the European Biometrics Group, European Association for Biometrics.

There is currently an early bird offer available; book by 31st October to save £400 off the conference price. Register at    

For sponsorship packages contact Sadia Malick on +44 (0) 207 827 6748 or email 

For delegate enquiries contact James Hitchen on +44 (0) 207 827 6054 or email  

For media enquiries, contact Zoe Gale on +44 20 7827 6138 or

Border Security
15-16 February 2017
Rome, Italy          
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Contact tel: +44 (0) 207 827 6054
Sponsored by: SITA

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