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Gordon Wilson

President, WorldReach Software, Canada

Presenting with: Hubert Laferriere


Target: Virtual Border – Increasing both security and facilitation; Lessons learned from Canada’s FASTER-PrivBio Project

  • Streamlining border flows of millions of identified lower-risk travellers per year, further leveraging automated border control investments;
  • A virtual border building block – Remotely accessing biographical and biometric information from trusted ePassports using smart phones and facial image capture/verification prior to travel;
  • Addressing challenges – improving national security/UN Terrorist resolution 2178; improving border flows for growing international travel with limited government resources.

Full synopsis
The Canadian FASTER-PrivBio project tests and demonstrates new advanced technologies to achieve an extended and enhanced virtual border for identification, screening and facilitating travellers in low-risk categories; particularly those coming from trusted countries via Visa Waiver Programs/Electronic Travel Authorization (VWP/eTA), estimated to be +3.5M/year for Canada.
The project demonstrates enhanced capabilities and trusted secure biometric traveller data for national security and border control agencies to improve identification and interdiction of the extremist traveller (terrorist) prior to their arrival, with the concurrent ability to enhance facilitation of lower risk securely screened travellers significantly.
Achievement of project objectives from Sept 2015 to March 2017 will be reported upon by project partners WorldReach Software and representatives participating from Canada’s Immigration and/or Border Services:
-    Smartphones reading ePassports to access the biographical and biometric information remotely using Near Field Communication (NFC), testing the robustness of the devices and understanding the constraints;
-    Token issuance and verification using Renewable Biometric Reference (RBR) incorporating the ePassport information and downloaded confirmation;
-    Security review of the technology platform, including the security of the mobile devices used in the scenarios for the demonstration and the hosting environment;
-    A case study of Privacy by Design and Biometric Encryption Policy Impact.

Gordon Wilson has 25 years of experience working with governments and industry in international travel safety and security. Gordon leads WorldReach and works with its global customers to collaboratively modernize and deliver innovative:

  • Passport entitlement/enrollment/personalization systems, including SaaS/Cloud solutions;
  • eVisa and Secure Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) systems;
  • Consular assistance and international crisis management programs.

His work and the teams he has co-led have been recognized in Canada by a Ministers‘ Award for contributions to Customs automation strategy, and working with Consular Branch contributing to its modernization with results recognized via a Gold Medal for improving service delivery to citizens. Gordon is currently a lead sponsor of joint projects applying innovative technology to improve travel facilitation and security, with Canada Border Services Agency, and Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada.


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