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AI Case Study

The US Department of Homeland Security to enhance security at borders through facial biometric technology

The United States Homeland Security awarded a contract to UK-based firm, iProov, to implement its facial recognition and biometrics system at border controls. The Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will use the technology to enhance its operation of passenger entry process.


Public And Social Sector


Project Overview

"iProov, a leading provider of biometric facial verification technology, has become the first British – and overseas – company to be awarded a contract from the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

The contract iProov has won will see the company develop technology that aims to enhance cross-border passenger travel at unmanned ports of entries while reducing processing time. It could help US CBP quickly, accurately and reliably identify travellers as they process through US border crossings.

At the heart of this announcement is iProov’s Flashmark technology, deployed in its secure, cloud-based facial biometric verification system that can be accessed via a user’s mobile phone.

In this case, iProov’s technology will work with existing CBP systems, on which travellers’ details are pre-registered. In the run up to arrival at the US border, whether at home or en-route, travellers would be able to self-serve the document check that normally happens at the point of border crossing, by authenticating themselves securely to their pre-registered photo, via their mobile phone. The process is simple, much quicker than waiting in line and more secure than traditional methods.

The reason iProov was selected comes down to its ability to detect ‘spoofs’. In a self-serve identity verification environment, the system must be able to confirm whether or not the person presenting themselves for verification is genuinely the owner of the ID credential, not a photo, screen image or doctored video. iProov has 10 granted patents in the UK and US for the technology that can detect these spoofs, and in this way is uniquely able to help governments tackle the pressure they are under from increased traveller numbers to swiftly but securely verify each and every traveller."

Reported Results

Planned; results not yet available






"The London-based firm was founded in 2011 by CEO Andrew Bud and the company’s facial biometric technology, patented in the US and UK, is used by banks and governments around the world for secure customer onboarding, log-on and authentication, to ensure new and returning users are genuine and guard against fraudulent attempts to gain access to personal data or use a stolen identity."



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