Writing press-release

I attempted with writing a press release a few days ago and here’s the result. Not too bad for first-timer :D. It was an assignment I enjoyed a lot since it has a clear objective, and I have a deadline. The thing with other writing assignment such as thesis is that it has no deadline, so you sat drooling for months without having a clue when to stop reading. But for this, it was completed merely in approx. 3 hours

Hassle-free international traveling – The future is not too far

ABC4EU project explained challenges in applying biometric technology for border control and unveiled future developments of such a system in Schengen area.

HELSINKI – August 20th-22nd, 2015 – Mr. Vincenzo Piuri from Universita Degli Studi Di Milano (UMIL), an ABC4EU partner, presented project’s preliminary results in the 14th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (IEEE TrustCom – 15).

In his key note speech titled “Automated Border Control Gates: Biometric Technologies and Privacy Issues”, Mr. Piuri explained two main challenges of ABC gates and systems: unstable biometrics technology, such as image processing problems, and privacy constraints when it comes to storage of biometric traits. After all, issues relating to biometric privacy remain significant and complex. In a research by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB) conducted in 2014, reluctance to depend on biometric security was featured prominently on the list of barriers that could impede adoption of the use of automated border clearance solutions. Users are concerned about measures to protect the data, and how their personal information is being used. The ABC4EU project had therefore taken the issues into perspective and produced general frameworks in the fields of not only technical and usability aspects, but also ethical, social and legal aspects.

Mr. Piuri also pointed out the future developments of the system that could make border checks more flexible and user-friendly: application of contactless technology for capturing biometric data to provide more convenience for travelers; multi-modal approaches to compensate possible inaccuracies; and introduction of new biometric traits for advanced recognition systems. These improvements will empower the ABC system to meet the information security requirements and enhance their use for a faster traveler flow among the border control points. The system can also be synchronized with the check-in and other information in order to make one’s travelling smoother than ever, maybe even outside the EU to ease the border control processes worldwide.

ABC4EU project has conducted extensive groundwork to transfer research results and frameworks into practice. The project’s pilot phase, with prototypes, will be field-tested to collect feedbacks from users before actual implementation. Results from the pilot test will be analyzed and used as the basis for the eGates of the future EU and Schengen borders.

To learn more about the project, or to book an interview, contact Sami Vuorinen, Project Manager at 1.234.5678 or email sami.vuorinen@laurea.fi, or visit the website at www.abc4eu.com.

About ABC4EU project

ABC4EU stands for Automated Border Control Gates for Europe. It is an EU wide project and involves a Consortium of 15 partners from 8 different countries. The project aims to make border control more flexible by enhancing the workflow and harmonizing the functionalities of Automated Border Control (ABC) gates, which are only one example of automation. Project started in January 2014 and will last for 3.5 years. The project is led by Indra Sistemas S.A. from Spain.

About IEEE TrustCom-15

The 14th IEEE International Conference on Trust, Security and Privacy in Computing and Communications (IEEE TrustCom-15) was held in Helsinki, Finland on 20-22 August 2015. The conference aimed at bringing together researchers and practitioners in the world working on trusted computing and communications, with regard to trust, security, privacy, reliability, dependability, survivability, availability, and fault tolerance aspects of computer systems and networks, and providing a forum to present and discuss emerging ideas and trends in this highly challenging research field.

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