Managing and controlling international entry and exit border control points is not only a matter of national security but also economic, social, and environmental stability. International travel and requirements for entry and exit in and out of a country is established by national and international regulations. Despite this all border points are vulnerable to illegal and unauthorized border crossings by high risk individuals, and it is critical to keep the continued threat of terrorism, anti-national forces, illegal trade, and illegal immigration in check.

The expanding number of border control points by air, land, and sea; increasing traveller numbers due to a growing global population, and decreasing travel costs; and the migration of people to countries with more economic opportunities, all call for a mounting need for seamless, reliable, secure, and efficient border control points. Regions with large populations, numerous entry and exit points, remote and isolated border posts; and regions facing on-going humanitarian crises, influxes of refugees, and conflict will experience extreme pressures on their border control, and national security systems and are especially vulnerable to security breaches.

Border control management systems that rely solely on biographic information, ID cards and documents are outdated and vulnerable to duplication and fraud creating weaknesses in national security systems. Multi-modal biometric border control management systems are a much more reliable system to ensure the security of borders, and flag high-risk individuals. Multi-modal biometrics systems, if implemented correctly have the potential to reduce the requirement to carry ID cards, passports, work permits and hardcopy travel documentation entirely.

Laxton’s integrated multi-modal biometric hardware and software is designed for large-scale border control management purposes including identity registration and verification, e-Passport, and travel document capture and verification.

Laxton’s customized biometric selfservice kiosks can be designed for fixed, high traffic border points for seamless immigration control, including: identity, visa and passport verification, photo ID verification, fingerprint and iris recognition, NFC, Smartcard, and MRZ scanning, and relevant biographic data capture and document scanning.

Laxton’s rugged and portable biometric registration kits and handheld biometric devices can be used at control points where infrastructure and staff is limited, especially in remote regions. Laxton’s biometric registration kits and handheld devices can also serve as temporary immigration control points such as vulnerable border crossings in conflict zones, or where points of entry are experiencing sudden influxes of refugees or known illegal border crossings.

Laxton’s biometric registration kits are housed in rugged IP67 rated casing, internally lined with high density foam, custom-machined to match the exact size of the biometric hardware components. The kits are built to customer specification and include:

  • MRZ passport reader
  • Fingerprint scanners with live detection and anti-spoofing capability
  • ICAO standard photo ID digital camera
  • Iris scanner
  • Electronic signature pad
  • Receipt printer
  • Instant PVC card issuance printer
  • Laptop
  • A4 and ID document scanner
  • NFC, Smartcard, and magnetic swipe card readers
  • Integrated software designed to customer specification with easy to use data capture interfaces and encrypted data storage security.
  • 10 hour autonomous power supply with the ability to be powered by AC, battery, or solar power

Why Biometrics?

Every human being has a unique set of biometric features. These biometric features include our fingerprints, iris recognition, facial recognition, and voice characteristics. Additional biometric features include palm print, hand geometry, and retina amongst others. By registering and capturing these unique biometric features on national and international databases it is possible to accurately identify and verify an individual. Once an individual has been registered at a border or immigration checkpoint, and recorded on a database, they can be verified against that database at all future contact points. This greatly improves surveillance capabilities and the tracking of an individual if required. Identity verification is crucial to ensure that immigration and border officials make informed decisions at the point of entry before allowing access to certain individuals or groups depending on the entry/exit criteria set by national or international regulations.

As the number of biometric records grow, and the harmonization of national and international biometric databases improves, the integration of these databases into international security organizations such as INTERPOL for added border control management purposes will increase.