Biometrics in focus as Australia overhauls border IT infrastructure
15 May 2017 17:08 GMT

Big data and biometrics are set to become key tools in a major revamp of the IT systems that manage Australia’s borders.

Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) plans leaked to an Australian publication, IT New, highlight the new plans for IT infrastructure.

“The department’s technology will need to adapt to the changing global threat environment to protect Australia and its interests from terrorism, illicit materials, illegal migration and organised crime,” it said in new strategy documents seen by iTnews.

“Real-time data matching, intelligence, identity and biometrics, operational capability technologies that support functions such as scanning and surveillance, and automated decision making systems will be fundamental to managing and adapting to the contemporary and complex threats across the border continuum.”

The strategy leak comes just a few days after the Australian government allocated 59.9 million Aud (US$44 million) towards beefing up biometric security at its borders.

The funds will be provided over four years to enhance biometric storage and processing capabilities to “contribute to a safer border and safer Australia”, revealed this year’s federal budget.

The DIBP document also made reference to the Internet of Things, and how that could play a role.

DIBP indicated that it is active in the internet of things space, specifically around combining sensor data and analytics.

“Through this ‘internet of things’ the department will integrate innovative solutions such as automated and remote vehicles, digitisation and digital delivery, biometrics and big data analytics, which all provide diverse avenues for delivering our core services,” it said.

 

 

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