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Biometric ID spots imposters at land crossing

Customs and Border Protection’s tech trial of biometric entry/exit identification nabbed two imposters attempting to cross from Mexico into the U.S. near Yuma, Ariz., using someone else’s border-crossing cards.

The apprehensions are the first by the entry/exit biometric facial recognition technology at a land border crossing, CBP officials said on Oct. 12.

The two men were arrested within hours of one another at the same pedestrian crossing. According to the agency, the  photos on their border-crossing cards didn’t match the  images taken at the pedestrian crossing. Both face criminal prosecution.

The biometric entry/exit system is more widely deployed in U.S. airports, but CBP is beginning to use it at pedestrian entry points at the border. The deployment at the San Luis Rio Colorado port of entry, which sits near the confluence of the borders of Arizona, California and Mexico, is a “technology demonstration,” pending a wider deployment at other land ports of entry, according to CBP.

CBP’s biometric entry/exit system at Dulles International Airport nabbed its first imposter in August. Dulles is one of 14 "early adopter" airports currently using the system, CBP said.

About the Author

Mark Rockwell is a senior staff writer at FCW, whose beat focuses on acquisition, the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy.

Before joining FCW, Rockwell was Washington correspondent for Government Security News, where he covered all aspects of homeland security from IT to detection dogs and border security. Over the last 25 years in Washington as a reporter, editor and correspondent, he has covered an increasingly wide array of high-tech issues for publications like Communications Week, Internet Week, Fiber Optics News, tele.com magazine and Wireless Week.

Rockwell received a Jesse H. Neal Award for his work covering telecommunications issues, and is a graduate of James Madison University.

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