The first plenary Meeting of the newly established iCROSS project took place on 9-11th November in Budapest. As a part of the LUH project team Jonathan Stoklas and Kai Wendt, both research assistants at the Institute for Legal Informatics, participated. Main issue of the meeting was to visit the Tompa-Kelebia Border Control Point at the frontier between Hungary and Serbia, one of the European Unions external borders. Frontier officers explained the current procedure of border passing while the participants could observe the actual traffic.
Main goal of the iCROSS project is to enable a fast and efficient border control for third country nationals passing the European Borders. The project re-engineers the system of border crossing by enabling an automated control. It envisages a two step system: Within a first step, the so-called pre-registration phase, travellers are informed about the procedure and their rights. Furthermore, all necessary data, such as those contained in travel documents, is gathered. Planned is a first interview with an avatar, a lie detection test and the creation of a link to any pre-existing authority data.
Secondly, the existing border control workflows are expanded by relevant nodes with state of the art technology to ensure a quick, secure and efficient treatment of the traveller. Security controls can be performed with a portable, wireless connected unit and gathered results are complemented with the data won in phase one. Multiple technologies enable to check the validity and authenticity of documents. In the process many data are collected, which makes it essential to assure a securely transfer, transparency and the travellers informed consent. The overall goal of iCROSS is to reduce costs of the control and time travellers spend at the border by providing a high standard of security.
The IRI is assigned to data protection issues and is going to assure that all legal requirements, established by several national and international law sources, are met. The work also includes ethical questions concerning privacy, the informed consent and others.
Finally, all steps and procedures are going to be validated in real operation scenarios depicting the variety of cases in Hungary, Greece, Latvia and Poland. More information is available on the Institutes website as well as on www.icross-project.eu.