FastPass is a Collaborative Project funded by the European Commission under its Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The project is designed to establish and demonstrate a harmonized, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) gates.
One of the major factors for security and mobility within the EU is border control. All travellers wish to cross external borders with maximum convenience and without losing too much time at border controls. At the same time border guards must still fulfil their obligation to secure the EUs borders against illegal immigration, terrorism, crime and other threats. FastPass will respond to the needs of both travellers and border guards.
FastPass will develop all technologies in a user-centric way. This means that the ABC system will be compliant with societal values and will fully respect citizen rights, protecting users’ personal information.
To make this happen FastPass will bring together key players from the entire ABC value chain – system and component producers, research institutions, governmental authorities and end-users. The development of a harmonized ABC gate will be accomplished with continuous end-user involvement. The entire innovation process, from components development to the final design of the user interface, will continuously be evaluated by the two end-user groups: travellers and border guards. FastPass will serve both groups at the same time by keeping security at the highest level while increasing the speed and the comfort for all legitimate travellers at all border control points, while ensuring a high level of privacy and data protection and protection of other fundamental rights.
To make travelling through European ABCs smooth and time-efficient, a harmonized user interface is needed. Using the full potential of ID documents travellers would be able to pass through ABC with minimum delay. Moreover, FastPass will make use of the state-of-the-art identification technologies such as new biometric modalities. This is expected to increase the security of the ABC process and minimize the risk of spoofing.
In order to demonstrate and evaluate the project, the solution will be implemented in at least three different member states, at all types of border (air, land and sea).