Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Border Tracking Efforts Abandoned

RFID Law Journal
Newsletter No. 42
February 27, 2007

Earlier this month, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) abandoned its substantial effort to deploy RFID in connection with its US VISIT program based upon, among other things, inadequate read rates and the inability of the system to tie back the data with the individual carrying the tagged travel document.

The RFID application envisioned embedding a tag within the I-94 travel document, aiming to facilitate secure border entry/exit by foreign nationals. However, during the course of a 15 month study, it was found that the biometric identity-matching capability envisioned within the entry/exit security system was ineffective because the I-94 form couldn’t be physically tied to individuals. The GAO also cited examples of poor read rates at five ports of entry tested as part of the US VISIT program.

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