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FastPass: A harmonized, modular reference system for all European automatic border crossing points

Automatic border controls are an increasingly relevant mode by which borders are crossed, both in the European Union and around the world. The Fastpass project aims to establish and demonstrate a next generation harmonised, modular approach for Automated Border Control (ABC) systems. To do so, it brings together key stakeholders involved throughout the development of an ABC system: system and component producers, research institutions, governmental authorities and end users. The ICMPD Research Department is particularly involved in engaging users and other stakeholders, as well as analysing the needs and requirements necessary for an ABC system. The ICMPD Border Management and Visa Competence Centre is also involved in interacting with and training border guards to use the system, as well as ensuring the needs of the end user group of border guards are also included.

• Integration of the Smart Border components of an exit-entry system and a registered traveller programme within the system;
• Harmonised use of the system across a variety of countries, based on feedback from travellers and border guards;
• Development of an innovative border crossing concept that interfaces with existing security and infrastructure processes at air, land and sea borders;
• Design and inclusion of innovative technology with regard to ABC systems;
• Establishment of a European ABC solution, and a new European ABC suppliers network

For more information, please see the project website.

Project Duration: 2013-2016
Funding: European Commission FP7
Project Coordination: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT)
Project Partners: Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT), Teknologian tutkimuskeskus VTT, Austrian Federal Ministry of the Interior, Österreichische Staatsdruckerei GmbH, Fraunhofer IOSB, Interdisciplinary Center for Law and ICT of K.U. Leuven, Finnish Border Guard RVL, Secunet Security Networks AG, Mirasys Ltd, Regula Baltija Ltd, University of Reading, University of Tampere, Gunnebo Entrance Control Ltd, Giesecke & Devrient GmbH, MODI Modular Digits GmbH, Magnetic Autocontrol GmbH, European Commission Joint Research Center, ITTE Sp.z.o.o., Deltabit Oy, Oxford Internet Institute of the University of Oxford, Romanian Border Guard, Finavia Cooperation, Port of Mykonos, Fraport AG, Flughafen Wien AG, Intrepid Minds.
Contact: Maegan Hendow

Related publications:

Maegan Hendow (2018): “Crossing borders in the next 15 years: How should and will border management develop?” Policy Brief. Vienna: ICMPD.

Maegan Hendow (2017): “Crossing EU Borders in the Next 15 Years.” Background Paper. Vienna: ICMPD.

Maegan Hendow, Alina Cibea, Albert Kraler (2015): "Using technology to draw borders: fundamental rights for the Smart Borders initiative", in Journal of Information, Communication and Ethics in Society, Vol. 13(1):39-57.


Related Workshop at the 10th Annual IMISCOE Conference:
"Transformations of border control: The politics of (im)mobility in times of crisis"

26-27 August 2013, Malmö, Sweden

Download the full description of the workshop.

Watch the FastPass Video!

Research staff involved:
 Albert Kraler, Maegan Hendow