Crossmatch L Scan Livescan to register asylum seekers in Greece
01 March 2016 12:33 GMT

Identity management enrolment and authentication firm Crossmatch has revealed that the European Commission has awarded Greece funds to purchase Crossmatch L Scan palm and fingerprint scanners to register asylum seeker arrivals.

The biometric devices will be used at Greek border crossings and established migrant “hotspots” on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Samos to ensure proper identification and registration. The L SCAN 500P is a first FBI-certified single platen device for capturing fingerprints and palm prints.

Images from the Crossmatch scanners will be used to create submissions to the EURODAC database.  EURODAC is the European database for identifying and registering asylum seekers and irregular border crossers.  It ensures the sharing of information among EU member countries and determines if asylum seekers have already applied elsewhere.

"With global migration at an all-time high, government border security and relief agencies face new challenges as they work to balance the need to quickly process, protect and place huge numbers of refugees while still maintaining a secure border "," said Eduardo Parodi, vice president of government sales at Crossmatch.

"The use of proven and reliable biometric capture technology, such as the L Scan and Guardian scanners, support this requirement – enhancing safety and security for all."

The European Asylum Support Office (EASO) award of the funds follows the announcement in December that the Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge (BAMF), the German Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, has deployed Crossmatch Guardian fingerprint scanners to biometrically enroll thousands of refugees and migrants entering Germany.

To date, BAMF has purchased over one thousand Guardian devices that are deployed at more than three dozen field offices where refugees are fingerprinted and asylum applications are processed.

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