PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., Mar. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Crossmatch®, a leading 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 devices 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."
The EASO award 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.
Crossmatch helps organizations solve their identity management challenges through biometrics. Our enrollment and authentication solutions are trusted to create, validate and manage identities for a wide range of government, law enforcement, financial institution, retail and commercial applications. Our solutions are designed using proven biometric technologies, flexible enrollment and strong multi-factor authentication software, and deep industry expertise. We offer an experienced professional services capability to assess, design, implement and optimize our identity management solutions for a customer's individual challenges. Our products and solutions are utilized by over 200 million people in more than 80 countries. Learn more at www.crossmatch.com.