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Investigating assessment methods for no-gate crossing technologies at European borders: A comparison between PERSONA’s, TRESSPASS’ and SMILE’s approaches

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Location: Brussels, 5-6 March 2020 Vrije Universiteit Brussel Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
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This workshop is part of the collaboration between the EU H2020 research projects Privacy, Ethical, Regulatory, and Social No-gate Crossing Point Solutions Acceptance (PERSONA, coordinated by VUB), Robust Risk-Based Screening and Alert System for Passengers and Luggage (TRESSPASS, coordinated by Demokritos, GR) and Smart Mobility at the European Land Borders (SMILE, coordinated by CERTH, GR). The event will explore the similarities and differences between risk-based concepts, integrated impact assessment methods and cost-benefit analysis for no-gate crossing point solutions. The purpose of this workshop is to present and gather feedback on the methodological approaches of the EU-funded research projects PERSONA, TRESSPASS and SMILE. 

PERSONA’s main goal is to design and establish a unified and tailored impact assessment method to appropriately evaluate the societal consequences of state-of-the-art border-controlling technologies and to ensure that these solutions meet the requirements and expectations of both, governments, including law enforcement authorities, and individuals crossing (external) European borders. 

The overall scope of TRESSPASS is to modernize the way the security checks at border crossing points (BCPs) are held out. The old-fashioned way “All passengers pass through all the required security checks” seems to have worked the old times when the traffic was low; but nowadays with the ever-increasing traffic this practice seems to fade out. TRESSPASS imports the idea of “Risk based” security checks and proposes an analytic framework for modelling risk as well as a systematic approach of quantifying risk, based on a set of indicators that can accurately be measured across all four tiers of the Integrated Border Management. 

The SMILE project will deliver a palette of low-cost technological solutions that will make the management of land border control points less resource-intensive, while at the same time will contribute to the traveller's convenience without sacrificing security. Will explore the capabilities of smart mobile devices in biometric control for low-cost but secure and trusted authentication, embedding their exploitation as a part of a multimodal biometric verification process that complements existing approaches. The long-term goal of the SMILE team is to provide a set of affordable and easy to be installed modules, to support the needs of EU Land Border Infrastructures. 

During the workshop, the participants will present the interim results of the respective projects and engage in a discussion to find out similarities and differences in the respective approaches. The results of the discussion will be included in the TRESSPASS’ deliverable D6.5: 'Evolving CONOPS framework (2nd Version)’.

Participation upon invitation only, free of charge. To request an invitation, please contact Mr. Simone Casiraghi at Simone.Casiraghi@vub.be.