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e-Borders under discussion at Registered Traveller Forum.

ID World : 19 February, 2008  (Company News)
Registered traveller program to be the subject of European forum held in Amsterdam on the 22nd of May.
Wise Media is proud to announce that the second edition of the Registered Traveller Forum, the global summit on the opportunities and challenges related to the introduction of Registered
Traveller (RT) programs worldwide, is endorsed by the European Commission. The Registered Traveller Forum opens its doors in Amsterdam for a two-day global summit on Thursday, May 22, 2008.

"The European Commission presented a Communication on next steps in border management in the European Union on February 13 which includes the possibility to grant 'Registered Traveller' status to third country nationals satisfying certain vetting criteria. EU citizens holding an e-passport could benefit from automated border control procedures without having to enrol in such a program. The Communication is based on a preliminary study and impact assessment to evaluate these issues from a legal, social and economic perspective. A Commission staff working paper to be presented in March will assess the technical issues," according to Dr Frank Paul, Head of Large-scale IT Systems Unit of the EC Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security. "Should such a program be implemented, one of the aims would certainly be to achieve simplified and faster border checks across all EU external borders. A first step towards ensuring this would be to develop common criteria and procedures to ensure a consistent approach across the Union. Any system to be developed at EU-level should be proportionate and offer concrete benefits to travellers. In the future, we could foresee working together with third party countries where RT programs are already up and running."

"This is a crucial moment in the era of mobility, with the transportation industry setting the foundations for a global infrastructure that will increase security while facilitating travel," says Sophie de la Giroday, president of Wise Media. "The Registered Traveller Forum welcomes key players from all countries involved in the creation and operation of RT programs. It will be attended by government representatives, border security and immigration officials, law enforcement and asylum authorities, airport authorities, frequent flyer program operators, embassy and consulate personnel, supporting organisations, as well as technology vendors and experts."

RT programs increase security, while facilitating travel for passengers who have voluntarily submitted their biometric data and successfully completed a thorough background check and security threat assessment. Thanks to a comprehensive conference program and live demonstrations, the Registered Traveller Forum, organised by Wise Media, is the first global initiative designed to showcase, the technologies and solutions available to provide expedited security screening for passengers at airports.

The Registered Traveller Forum will go live with a two-day conference and exhibition in Amsterdam at the Radisson SAS Airport Hotel on May 22.
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