Crossmatch announced a deal with the EU to deliver its biometric scanners to Greece.
The refugee crisis needs a wide ranging political solution. As more European countries are closing its boarders, Greece is under increased pressure. The EU is now giving them at least some gadgets to help registering asylum seekers.
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Crossmatch, a provider of identity management enrollment and authentication solutions, today announced that the European Commission, through the European Asylum Support Office (EASO), has awarded Greece funds to purchase Crossmatch L Scan palm scanners.
The gadgets will be used at Greek border crossings and established hotspots on the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Leros, Kos and Samos to ensure proper identification and registration of migrants.
The Federal Police in Greece are using biometrics to enroll and ensure proper identification as refugees cross their borders. Images from the Crossmatch scanners are 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."
Germany is using Crossmatch's Guardian fingerprint scanners to biometrically enroll thousands of refugees and migrants entering Germany. To date, Germany has purchased over one thousand Guardian devices.
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Crossmatch has its headquarters in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. The company was founded in 1996 and has over 300 employees.