IDEMIA and Sopra Steria Secure Border Contract with the Ministry of the Interior
IDEMIA and Sopra Steria will soon deploy its biometric traveler processing technology at the borders of France. The two companies have signed a contract with the French Interior Ministry and will start rolling out the new Standard Border Control System (CCAF) later in 2021.
The new CCAF is designed to support the European Union’s new Entry-Exit System (EES) rules, which will come into effect in 2022. It will also streamline passenger handling procedures more generally, reducing the time spent people pass by waiting at border checkpoints. .
The Home Office hopes the new system will cope with the high volume of traffic it expects to receive when the country hosts the Rugby World Cup in 2023 and the Paris Olympics in 2024. The CCAF is designed to be both scalable and interoperable, to ensure that it complies with current EU regulations and any regulations that may be implemented in the future.
IDEMIA and Sopra Steria have already agreed to provide a common biometric matching system to the EU Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale Information Systems (eu-LISA). This contract was signed in June and will serve as the basis for EES Schengen once it is linked to the EU’s massive biometric database.
“The CCAF project aims to develop and perfect a standard and robust border system that is both smoother and more secure,” said Pascal Fallet, Senior Vice President of Public Security and Identity at IDEMIA Europe. “With Sopra Steria, we are committed to providing a revolutionary system that offers a high level of safety and an improved travel experience.”
“IDEMIA’s know-how as a world leader in biometrics fits perfectly with our own skills as a major integrator of renowned government systems in complex environments”, added Georges Wakim, Director of the Security market at Sopra. Steria. “It will be a great asset to ensure the success of the project.
The EES will oblige Schengen member countries to collect biometric data of the face and fingerprints of third-party nationals entering the region. IDEMIA has developed a biometric TravelKiosk to help countries meet these requirements, and will install it at Iceland’s borders in 2021.
January 29, 2021 – by Eric Weiss