Homeland Security To Test RFID At Borders - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
News

Homeland Security To Test RFID At Borders

Department wants to track visitors entering and leaving the United States

The Department of Homeland Security is experimenting with radio-frequency identification technology to track foreigners as they enter and leave the country. The agency hopes the technology will improve border management without delaying travelers.

RFID tags will be tested at a simulated port this spring, then at border crossings in Arizona, New York, and Washington state from July through spring 2006. "Through the use of radio-frequency technology, we see the potential to not only improve the security of our country, but also to make the most important infrastructure enhancements to the U.S. land borders in more than 50 years," said Asa Hutchinson, Homeland Security's undersecretary for border and transportation security, in a statement last week.

The tests will help determine whether to affix RFID tags to passports, visas, or other documents visitors must carry during their stay in the United States. The tags shouldn't slow visitors' movements through border crossings, a Homeland Security spokeswoman says. For tracking foreign visitors, RFID is more efficient than current rubber-stamping technology, Meta Group analyst Gene Alvarez says.

To protect privacy, the tags won't hold visitors' personal information, only serial codes linked to information stored in the Homeland Security Department's US-Visit (U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology) databases. The codes would be meaningless to any third party trying to access the information.

The tags will be tamperproof and difficult to counterfeit. Information on them can't be changed, and they won't be activated until they're issued. All this will prevent "skimming," the use of unauthorized reading devices to capture information from RFID tags, the government says. The tags also can't be used to track visitors' whereabouts while they're in the United States.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
The State of IT & Cybersecurity Operations 2020
Download this report from InformationWeek, in partnership with Dark Reading, to learn more about how today's IT operations teams work with cybersecurity operations, what technologies they are using, and how they communicate and share responsibility--or create risk by failing to do so. Get it now!
Commentary
The Best Way to Get Started with Data Analytics
John Edwards, Technology Journalist & Author,  7/8/2020
Slideshows
10 Cyberattacks on the Rise During the Pandemic
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  6/24/2020
News
IT Trade Shows Go Virtual: Your 2020 List of Events
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  5/29/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
Key to Cloud Success: The Right Management
This IT Trend highlights some of the steps IT teams can take to keep their cloud environments running in a safe, efficient manner.
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll