US Customs and Border Protection has brought facial recognition technology to another pedestrian border crossing. The latest deployment occurred at the border checkpoint in Andrade, California, where the technology will be used to streamline the screening process for international travelers.
As with previous installations, US citizens can opt out of the biometric screening, in which case they will need to present their travel documents to a customs agent for a manual inspection. The people who go through with the process will have their photo taken when they arrive at Andrade’s primary inspection point, and then that photo will be compared to a stored passport or visa photo. New photos of US citizens will be stored for 12 hours before being deleted, while the photos of foreign nationals will be stored in a DHS database.
Andrade is one of several land border crossings to receive facial recognition in the past few months. CBP recently installed the technology at the Peace Bridge crossing in Buffalo, after previously doing so at land crossings in Detroit, Michigan, and Champlain, New York. Facial recognition is also being used at the southern border, although the San Luis and Laredo deployments are slightly older and occurred in 2018 and 2019, respectively.
“CBP is expanding a secure, touchless process for identity verification at select pedestrian lanes for travelers arriving into the United States,” said CBP San Diego Field Office Acting Director Anne Maricich. “CBP’s use of facial biometrics delivers an efficient travel experience while adding an additional layer of security to prevent the fraudulent use of travel documents.”
The new land deployments are part of a broader facial recognition campaign at American borders. CBP has been aggressively pushing the technology at airports all over the country, with Miami International Airport and Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport becoming the latest hubs to adopt biometric screening.
December 9, 2020 – by Eric Weiss