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26 October, 12:26
And that is IT for me from #icaoTRIP! Hope you have all enjoyed this event and its corresponding live blog, share the link with friends and colleagues who were not able to attend. We hope to see you at the TRIP Regional Seminar in Jamaica in November!
26 October, 12:22
Mr. Sylvain Lefoyer, Deputy Director, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO:
There should be a level of confidence for the bearers of travel documents. We have heard many viewpoints expressed, many examples over the past three days about challenges and opportunities that come with your work in this field. We have heard about the importance of accurately reading ePassports at our borders, the crucial role of databases to help manage and mitigate risks in aviation, and the constant vigilance to combat fraud.
26 October, 11:55
Mr. Michael Hardin, Director of Policy and Planning, Entry/exit Transformation Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Biometric Exit Programme, is talking about the simplified passenger arrival experience of the future.
This process would direct travellers to the appropriate queue through traveller apps. The passenger's face would then be captured to retrieve their traveller record and query results, no passport swipe or fingerprints are required. A CBP officer would then determine the passenger's admissibility based on query results, the biometric check, and an interview.
26 October, 11:34
Mr. Gerald Vingal, Head of Aruba Immigration Service: HAPPY FLOW and Border Controls, says that Aruba welcomes over 1 million tourists a year. They face challenges of finding the right balance between hostmanship and maintaining a high level of security. Enter HAPPY FLOW: a 100% self-service passenger experience. HAPPY FLOW uses facial recognition as a basis of passenger identification, and removes the need for passengers to present their passport at multiple instances in the air travel journey.
Mr. Vingal described the process as 3 steps:
- Self-service check in through biometric enrollment: the boarding pass is read and it retrieves the passenger flight information. At this stage, it also reads the passenger's passpot while a camera captures the image of the passenger to match the photo stored in the passport chip.
- Self-service bag drop: A biometric correlation with the rightful owner of the baggage occurs, and a 1N matching of the live biometric of the passenger is performed while the appropriate baggage tags are printed
- Self-service immigration: Where 1 N matching of the live biometrics of the passenger is performed, against all enrolled passengers.
It's all pretty neat and seems incredibly efficient and simple. You can read more about HAPPY FLOW on their website.
Photo credit: The HAPPY FLOW website
26 October 11:15
Mrs. Lauren Kim Uppink, Project Lead, Safe and Secure Mobility, World Economic Forum: Future of Security in Travel:
The world is experiencing unprecedented change driven by technological shifts; we live in an interconnected system of systems. Dialogue and cooperation needs to occur across domains and stakeholder groups. Leadership must inspire global society to work together to make sustained, positive and systemic change.
26 October, 11:03
This is our last official panel at #icaoTRIP! Our experts will be engaged in workshops this PM, but before they all scatter, some of them are gathering on stage to talk about what the future holds for travellers and identity management. Lending their knowledge are:
- Mr. Vijay Poonoosamy, Vice President, International and Public Affairs, Etihad Airways
- Mrs. Lauren Kim Uppink, Project Lead, Safe and Secure Mobility, World Economic Forum: Future of Security in Travel
- Mr. Gerald Vingal, Head of Aruba Immigration Service: the HAPPY FLOW and Border Controls
- Mr. Michael Hardin, Director of Policy and Planning, Entry/exit Transformation Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection: Biometric Exit Programme
- Mr. Ross Greenwood, Expert, former Public Key Directory Chairperson: The ICAO TRIP Guide on Border Control Management
26 October, 10:04
Dr. Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General, Information and Communication Systems for Security, Spain: Project Smart Borders in Spain, just spoke of if again. The general consensus is that these are great tools and are paving the way for the future in identity management and border control, because of their efficiency. According to Dr. Esplugues, ABC systems improve security while reducing waiting times, which allow the police staff dedicated to routine control and verification of document activities to conduct more thorough checks.
26 October, 9:42
Mr. Fabrizio Di Carlo, INTERPOL Database Manager, is talking of the importance of interoperability. He says INTERPOL's goal is to have border-oriented databases that address operational demands by leveraging other interoperable databases supported by modern technology. Once again, such strong common themes emerge at this Symposium: cooperation, interoperability, and sharing of information in an efficient manner. Using what we have and leveraging what others have in order to ensure efficiency and success.
26 October, 9:17
Good morning everyone and welcome back to the #icaoTRIP live blog! It's the last day of the Symposium, presentations wrap up around noon and then participants will scatter for a series of workshops this PM. On stage are experts:
- Mr. Ross Greenwood, Expert, former Public Key Directory Chairperson
- Mr. Tom van der Hor, FRONTEX Research and Development Unit : Automatic Border Control Systems’ cost and benefit analysis, vulnerabilities
- Mr. Giovanni Munglioli and Michele Sibio, Italian Customs Agency: Border Control Management
- Mr. Fabrizio Di Carlo, INTERPOL Database Manager: Interpol Commitment on Developing Interoperable Border Solutions
- Dr. Enrique Belda Esplugues, Deputy Director General, Information and Communication Systems for Security, Spain: Project Smart Borders in Spain
25 October, 17:02
And that's all for me, from the second day of #icaoTRIP! Time for a networking reception sponsored by IDEMIA (scroll down for some key points from their SkyTalks this morning), and then I'll be back at 9:00AM EST tomorrow for the last day.
25 October, 16:40
Mr. Rufus Ferdinand, Deputy Chief of Operations, Border Security, CARICOM IMPACS: Region’s Advance Passenger Information Programme, is speaking about the Joint Regional communications centre (JRCC). The JRCC was established in 2006, and it is a data centre that operates 24/7 and includes the Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) and the Advance Cargo Information System (ACIS).
Mr. Ferdinand is giving more details on the APIS, which is essentially an electronic data interchange where law enforcement officers can obtain data on passengers prior to their arrival or departure.
25 October, 15:49
- Mr. David Philp, Acting Deputy Chief Executive, Service Delivery and Operations Branch, Department of Internal Affairs, New-Zealand
- Mrs. Celine Canu, Head Facilitation, International Air Transport Association (IATA): Identity management to enhance aviation security
- Mr. Rufus Ferdinand, Deputy Chief of Operations, Border Security, CARICOM IMPACS: Region’s Advance Passenger Information Programme
- Mr. Ali Talib Al-athbi, Civil Aviation Authority, Facilitation Unit: Qatar Challenge in API Transmitting
25 October, 14:59
Mr. Szabolcs Horvath, FRONTEX Joint Operations Unit, Air Border Sector: Document fraud trends at the EU air border crossing points, introduced the FRONTEX Centre for Excellence for combating Document Fraud. The Centre was established within the Operational Response Division, and will be operational as of 1 January 2018. It will validate document alerts reported in FRONTEX coordinated joint operations, and serve as a permanent support to FRONTEX coordinated joint operations concerning document control.
25 October, 14:40
Mr. David Sterland, Technical Officer, ICAO Traveller Identification Programme is talking about the ICAO and IOM partnership for implementation. He says that early on, they identified a strategic opportunity to intensify TRIP implementation globally. Some areas of cooperation are:
- Security and Facilitation of travellers
- Border and identification management
- Mobility of migrants, voluntary returness, refugees
- Travel health assistance, pandemics management and other travel-related emergencies
Psssst: Check out the new ICAO TRIP magazine for an article all about the new partnership between ICAO and the International Organization for Migration for the implementation of the ICAO TRIP Strategy.
25 October, 14:09
We're back from lunch and ready to get this afternoon started at #icaoTRIP. On stage for this session are:
- Mr. Joel Zlotnick, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State
- Mr. Szabolcs Horvath, FRONTEX Joint Operations Unit, Air Border Sector: Document fraud trends at the EU air border crossing points
- Mr. Dastan Dogoev, Chairman, Kyrgyz Republic Registration Service
- Mr. André Ten Caat, Documents Expert, Royal Netherlands Marechaussee: Document fraud
- Mr. David Sterland, Technical Officer, ICAO Traveller Identification Programme
- Mr. Nelson Goncales, IOM African Capacity Building Centre: Memorandum of Understanding implementation plan
25 October, 12:40
Great morning here at #icaoTRIP, with multiple SkyTalks from various companies. A recurring theme was the move to digital, for the future of travel documents. We heard frequently about the need for biometrics and innovative technologies, but also a need to be flexible and adaptable to different realities. Some countries have national ID cards that they use in a way that other countries may use passports, and all of this needs to be taken into account when designing the travel documents of the future. One thing that everybody agrees on: the integrity and security of travel documents needs to be at the forefront of our mind at all times.
Time for a networking lunch, the liveblog will resume around 14:00 EST. In the meantime, make sure you reserve your digital copy of the TRIP Compendium.
Big thanks to Gemalto for sponsoring our lunch today!
25 October, 12:14
Mrs. Mary Olson, Senior Marketing Manager, Government Solutions, Entrust Datacard gives us the rundown on the requirements of a strong identity credential. It must have:
- Provable authenticity, and is issued by the appropriate authority
- Provable integrity, where the document is not tampered with physically or digitally
- Provable rightful holder, where the document is bound biometrically to the rightful holder
25 October, 11:55
Mr. Julian Payne, Creative Design Director, De La Rue:
Passports can carry an emotional currency: people like to go through their passports and look at their stamps, relive the journeys they have been on. There's an emotional connection to these documents that sets them apart, but that should not deter from the critical, national infrastructure of the document. We need to have confidence and trust in the technology of the document and its representation.
Mr. Janos Friss, Sales Director, Government Solutions (JURA) is talking about something called Invisible Personal Information (IPI). IPI encodes personal data into a photograph, that personal data is invisible to the naked eye but officials can verify its authenticity with a simple decoding lens.
Some benefits of IPI are:
- Elimination of photo replacement as a means of fraud
- Verification does not need special knowledge or experience
- Verification is done easily in the field
25 October, 11:20
Mrs. Jelena Razdorova, Business Development Manager, X InfoTech, is talking about multi-factor biometric authentication. Biometric authentication, defined as the individual authentication by evaluation of unique biological traits(fingerprints, palm prints, retina scan, etc), has many advantages:
- Enhanced security
- Cannot be copied
- Cannot be shared
- Easy to use
- Cannot be lost
- Reduced paperwork
- Reduced operational cost
25 October, 10:30
Alright that's it for the first half of the SkyTalks presentations! Time for a quick java break, I'll be back around 11AM EST to bring you more tidbits from the remaining Sky Talks later on this morning.
Thanks to OVD KINEGRAM for the coffee!
25 October, 10:23
Mr. Frank Schmalz, Director Innovations & Business Development, Veridos, on the future of border control:
Air traffic will more than double in the next 20 years. There are two ways to address that challenge: building more e-gates and increasing staff. But that means we also need more space, and to speed up the whole border control process.
25 October, 9:38
Mr. Laurent Loup, Product Manager ISS, SICPA is talking travel stamps, and how they can evolve in the digital world.
According to him, both traditional travel stamps and digital-based ones are complementary. Traditional stamps are material-based with document embedded data while the entry/exit digital-based stamp has a centralized database. With that in mind, SICPA created EXTENS SmartStamp Solutions. The SmartStamp took elements from both traditional and digital travel stamps: it has security features and control tools (such as digital signatures and material-based authentication), the information can be automatically encoded in 2D barcodes (including enriched data such as travel history), and the unique stamp content s based on both border crossings and documents. Neat!
25 October, 9:19
Next up is Mr. Christophe Rapine, Head of Borders at IDEMIA. He says IDEMIA is focused on fast and seamless travel, currently they're working with Changi airport to provide a completely new experience to passengers travelling through Terminal 4. They're using biometrics such as facial recognition for the common services, and they're basing their passenger processing biometric system on a self-serve concept to make it as autonomous as possible. Neat!
25 October, 8:58
We did a quick switcheroo on the order of the speakers so up first is Mr. Guillermo Iovino, Head of Project Development Unit, Technical Cooperation Bureau(TCB), ICAO is up first.
TCB is a main instrument for the development and implementation of civil aviation projects, in line with the 5 strategic objectives of ICAO.
TCB is currently handling 116 projects in 138 countries. When it comes to the ICAO TRIP Strategy, TCB assist States by providing analysis of existing processes and systems, identifying capacity gaps and challenges for the implementation of TRIP elements, assessment of border management, control and inspection tools and systems.
Interestingly, TCB is also directly involved in the tendering of an ePassport system for States.
24 October, 17:06
And that's IT for the first day of #icaoTRIP! Time for a little reception hosted by SICPA, and then I'll be back tomorrow at 8:30AM EST. Tomorrow we have a bunch of Sky Talks and some solutions-oriented workshops on schedule, so stay tuned.
24 October, 16:58
This Spanish eID card that Mr. Enrique Taborda Álvarez, Principal Commissioner, Spanish National Police Force, presented is such a neat concept. It's a National ID card as well as a travel document, so passengers are able to show up at the airport and scan it at the ABC (automated border control) stands and skip the lines. With a few apps, cardholders can also check into hotels and simply scan their card to enter in all their information instead of filling out lengthy forms. The future is now, folks.
24 October 16:47
Mr. Enrique Taborda Álvarez, Principle Commissioner, Spanish National Police Force is presenting on the Spanish eID document. This 3rd verison released in 2015 has lots of innovations and technological improvements, such as aa dual interface chip, laser ink, and high relief embossing. It is a travel document and meets with the ICAO standards.
He thinks this eID has been successful for a few reasons:
1) It is a mixed model, and there was an institutional cooperation between police and the Spanish Royal Mint
2) It integrates well with different apps used in daily life (tablets and mobile phone)
3) It is easy to obtain this card, and is available at 300 offices spread throughout Spain. This is a travel document that is simple but contains advanced technology, and is compliant with ICAO standards.
24 October, 16:06
We're kicking off the last session of the day here at #icaoTRIP. On stage are:
- Mr. Joseph Atick, Executive Chairman, ID4Africa & Identity Counsel
- Mrs. Rhodia Maas, National Office for Identity Data, the Netherlands: Innovation in the Identity Domain: is ICAO’s TRIP prepared for innovations?
- Mr. Simon Deignan, Programme Manager, Travel Document Security, Transnational Threats Department / Action against Terrorism Unit, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)
- Mr. Zoran Dokovic, Migration / Freedom of Movement Adviser, Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), OSCE: Compendium on Good Practices in Identity Management
- Mr. Flavio Ramon Brocca, Director General de TI, Registro Nacional de las Personas: Argentina Federal Network of Civil Registres
- Mr. Enrique Taborda Álvarez, Principal Commissioner, Spanish National Police Force
- Mr. Valentín Ramírez Prieto, Project Manager, FNMT- Spanish Royal Mint: The Spanish eID document, both a national identification and a compliant travel one
24 October 15:08
Mrs. Christiane DerMarkar, Public Key Directory (PKD) Officer, ICAO:State of progress, is briefing us on the Public Key Directory (PKD). The PKD is essentially a database that simplifies and facilitates the sharing of PKI certificates required to authenticate ePassports. It minimizes the volume of certificates exchanges and ensures timely uploads.
24 October 14:40
Mr. Juan Lamosa, Chief, Aviation Security Audit Section, ICAO: Annex 9 Security-related-Standards under ICAO USAP Audits, is detailing some elements of the Universal Security Audit Programme Continuous Monitoring Approach (USAP-CMA). If the USAP-CMA sounds familiar to you, we also covered it quite a bit at our #AVSEC2017 event.
He says the objectives of the USAP-CMA are achieved by determining the level of effective implementation of the critical elements of an aviation security oversight system, and providing an indication of the effective implementation of Annex 17 and security-related Standards of Annex 9.
So what does that mean for travel documents? It means incorporating security features in current travel documents, having safeguards against theft of blank travel documents and establishing appropriate controls over the entire travel document application, adjudication and issuance process.
24 October 14:22
Dr. Narjes Abdennebi, Chief, Facilitation Section, ICAO, is introducing the next session by giving us a bit of a run through of some amendments that were recently made to the Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs). She also says that ultimately, we are trying to link phases of the air passenger travel cycle and the 5 TRIP elements.
The phases of the air passenger cycle are:
The 5 TRIP elements are:
- Evidence of identity
- Machine readable travel documents (MRTDs)
- Document issuance and control
- Inspection systems and tools
- Interoperable applications
24 October, 14:09
Here we go on to the afternoon sessions. Our panelists are taking the stage:
- Dr. Narjes Abdennebi, Chief, Facilitation Section, ICAO
- Mr. Juan Lamosa, Chief, Aviation Security Audit Section, ICAO: Annex 9 Security-related-Standards under ICAO USAP Audits
- Mr. Luis Ernest Camilo, President Civil Aviation, Dominican Republic: State Experience of National Air Transport Facilitation Programme
- Mrs. Christiane DerMarkar, Public Key Directory (PKD) Officer, ICAO: State of progress
24 October 12:22
Our panelists are participating in a Q&A after they all gave their presentations.
There were some strong themes that emerged in this panel, and in a slightly bizarre turn of events...our panelists agreed on nearly every point raised. There is a strong commitment to abiding by security laws in place, but also improving passenger experience. That's where the facilitation part of this Symposium comes into play: how do we fully commit to the security of travel documents and passenger identification while also improving and enhancing the passenger experience? How do we take necessary security measures while also reducing delays, and improving processes so we can get passengers to where they need to be as quickly as we can?
24 October 12:16
Mrs. Rochelle Turner, Research Director, World Travel & Tourism Council, is speaking about how facilitating identity management requires a cooperation between government and the private sector to ensure success.
According to her, last year 1 in every 5 jobs created in the world was in travel and tourism.. The WTTC estimates that tourism will grow by 4% each year. That means by 2027, we will need another 90 million people working in our hotels, airports and airlines to accommodate this growth. WOW!
24 October, 11:59
Ms. Nina Brooks, Head Security, Airport Council International (ACI) World, says that one common element that immigration, customs and aviation share is identity and identity management.
She details some initiatives for passenger identification that ACI is working on with IATA. One of these initiatives is Smart Security: innovation at the security checkpoint, strengthened security, greater efficiency and passengers being screened according to risk
How are they doing this? Through:
- Use of biometrics
- Reimagined processes
- Automated gates
- On the fly processing
- Data sharing
- Government/industry partnerships
24 October, 11:44
Ms. Anne-Maria Seesmaa, Associate Legal Officer, Counter-Terrorism Executive directorate (CTED), United Nations Security Council, says that their main tool is dialogue with States. She details some of the ways that CTED and ICAO have cooperated on travel document security, including through meetings, open briefings, including ICAO data in the CTC's Technical Guide, and-- you saw it earlier this morning--the ICAO TRIP Compendium.
Pssst: If you're not here at #icaoTRIP, you can reserve your (free!) digital copy of the TRIP Compendium here.
24 October, 11:24
We're back for the first official session of #icaoTRIP. On stage are experts:
- Mr. Sylvain Lefoyer, Deputy Director, Air Transport Bureau, ICAO
- Ms. Anne-Maria Seesmaa, Associate Legal Officer, Counter-Terrorism Executive directorate (CTED), United Nations Security Council
- Mr. Mike Comber, Director Member and External Relations ICAO, International Air Transport Association (IATA)
- Ms. Nina Brooks, Head Security, Airport Council International (ACI) World
- Mrs. Rochelle Turner, Research Director, World Travel & Tourism Council
24 October, 10:50
A pretty riveting opening session, where the common themes of cooperation and coordination in facilitation and security of travel documents arose. We're off for a quick coffee break, thank you GET Group Holdings Limited for the brew!
24 October 10:44
Mr. Francis Deschrijvere, Local Security Officer, Directorate-General for Human Resource and Security, European Commission, prevented some new features of the European Union laissez-passer. The laissez-passer is a travel document typically given to civil servants and members of the institutions of the European Union. Some neat, enhanced features make this document compliant but also incredibly hard to forge.
Mr. Pierre Lapaque, Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) emphasizes cooperation, including with airlines, as a key component in security and facilitation practices.
24 October 10:15
Mr. Dennis Cosgrove, Head on Border Security and Management, Transnational Threats Department, Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (OSCE), is emphasizing the role of effective traveller identification in preventing the movement of terrorists. He emphasizes the Advanced Passenger Information (API) System, and identifying security gaps as efficiently and quickly as possible.
In her opening remarks, Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), spoke of e-passports and States' implementation of the ICAO TRIP Strategy. ICAO just launched the TRIP Compendium at this Symposium; a planning and implementation guide for secure traveller identification management. Participants at #icaoTRIP are receiving a print copy, but you can reserve your (free!) digital copy here.
24 October, 9:46
And here we go! It's time for the opening sessions and welcome remarks here at #icaoTRIP. On stage we have:
- Dr. Fang Liu, Secretary General, International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
- Mr. Dennis Cosgrove, Head on Border Security and Management, Transnational Threats Department, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)
- Mr. Pierre Lapaque, Regional Representative for West and Central Africa, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
- Mr. Francis Deschrijvere, Local Security Officer, Directorate-General for Human Resource and Security, European Commission
- Mr. Boubacar Djibo, Director, Air Transport Bureau (ATB), ICAO
24 October 8:11
Hello everybody and welcome to the live blog for the 13th Symposium and Exhibition on the ICAO Traveller Identification Programme! Lisa Williams here, your faithful live blogger from previous events such as AVSEC, RPAS, DRONE ENABLE and CORSIA.
The participants are just getting registered, we'll kick things off at 9:30AM EST.
25 October, 15:07