Using biometric data to secure a nation’s frontier

Advanced analytics enable smarter border security

Published on 03-Dec-2013

"This multimodal biometric matching system provides greater accuracy in fingerprint matching and an integrated facial-matching element for a more comprehensive service, underpinning our objective to secure the border." - National border protection agency official

Customer:
A national law enforcement agency

Industry:
Government

IBM Business Partner:
Morpho, Aware, Inc.

Overview

A national law enforcement agency, this institution provides comprehensive border protection for a nation of more than 60 million people whose frontier sees approximately 200 million crossings annually. With nearly 25,000 staff members, including roughly 9,000 law enforcement officers, it operates in local communities and in more than 130 countries.

Business need:
An outdated IT infrastructure and obsolete identity verification system compromised border security by hindering effective analysis of immigration information.

Solution:
A biometric identity verification system suppor ted by IBM technology enables rapid data analysis.

Benefits:
The IBM Solution with processing more than 20,000 transactions daily, facilitating counter-terrorism operations resulting in more than 2,000 arrests.

Case Study

A national law enforcement agency, this institution provides comprehensive border protection for a nation of more than 60 million people whose frontier sees approximately 200 million crossings annually. With nearly

25,000 staff members, including roughly 9,000 law enforcement officers, it operates in local communities and in more than 130 countries.

Challenge
Charged to provide border security during a global sporting event drawing more than half a million visitors, this border control organization faced an aging IT infrastructure coupled with the impending obsolescence of its identity card and fingerprint system. The organization needed to create an identity verification system that would support integration among local, national and international law enforcement agencies to protect the participants and spectators for the event as well as to provide national border security against organized crime, illegal immigration and terrorism threats.

The occasion of the sporting event provided both the opportunity and necessity for the organization to hasten a comprehensive transformation of its security system. The event would also provide the first major test of the system’s efficacy, when more than 380,000 participants, family members and staff would undergo identity verification and security checks.

Solution
The agency teamed with IBM Global Services and IBM Business Partners Morpho and Aware, Inc., experts in multibiometric data acquisition and analytics, to design and implement a biometric and advanced passenger processing system to enable border control to perform near-real-time risk assessment while travelers are en route to the country.

The solution is a Service Oriented Architecture developed with IBM WebSphere®, IBM Tivoli® and IBM DB2® software. Hosted on a cloud-ready IBM System x®, IBM Power SystemsTM and IBM XIV® Storage Systems infrastructure, it operates through a dispersed network of sites connected to a central operations center, with remote

offices throughout the country, at the border and in more than 130 countries. The identity verification system also features a mobile app
that supports the remote capture of biometric data.

With advanced analytics, the solution can access, screen and compare millions of biometric and law enforcement records for precise, efficient identity verification. By comparing information from travel documents and carrier reservation systems with the latest watch lists and profiles, the agency clears low-risk visitors quickly, freeing law enforcement to focus resources on higher-risk travelers. The advanced passenger processing system provides swift access to millions of data-rich records and integration with third-party partner systems through disparate interfaces and multiple protocols, all under stringent security controls. To answer the demands of such disparate systems and dispersed data development, gathering, consolidation and analysis, IBM employed the advanced virtualization power of IBM Power® 750 Express and IBM Power 770 servers running the IBM AIX operating system. These systems support processing of tens
of thousands of transactions daily.

The solution represents a technology-enabled business change project that completely transformed established security operations across several disparate law enforcement organizations, integrating them into a single system, redefining the way a country conducts border-related national security procedures.

Benefits
• Processes 20,000 transactions per day for quick and accurate identity checks of people seeking to enter the country
• Utilizes a mobile application to capture biometric data
• Allows law enforcement to gather, store and match biometric data with improved accuracy to help reliably establish identity

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Products and services used

IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Hardware:
Power Systems, System x

Service:
IBM Global Services

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