Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel

  • Luigi Raffaele Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • Darek Saunders Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • Magda Wojcikowska Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • Dragos Voicu Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency
  • Claudiu Chiriac
  • Javier Quesada Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency
Keywords: innovation, technology foresight, future scenarios, biometrics, border security, border control, patentometrics, bibliometrics, capability mapping

Abstract

In 2021, Frontex conducted a Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel, with the objective of
studying the future of biometrics for its implementation in border check systems that may benefit the work of the European Border and Coast Guard community in the short-, medium- and long-term perspectives. Three experts’ consultation events (two Technology Foresight Workshops and a Delphi survey) took place during the project. A broad group of relevant stakeholders was involved in these events to exploit collective intelligence and stimulate consensus-oriented discussions. A custom Technology Foresight methodology was developed, opening the door to the exploration of the vast field of biometric technologies, which were analysed from various perspectives in the context of border checks. Each of the phases of this complex research study produced its own set of insights.
Due to the substantial amount of information provided and the adopted participatory foresight approach, this
study will directly contribute to an enhanced understanding of the relevance and applicability of novel biometrics and technology foresight, as well as to identify areas of strategic interest and to make informed decisions about paths of future developments in biometrics. In this article we summarise the main results of the research study.

Author Biographies

Darek Saunders, Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Senior Research Officer

Head of Border Security Observatory (a.i.)

Border Security Observatory

Research and Innovation Unit - Capacity Building Division

 

Magda Wojcikowska, Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Senior Assistant

Border Security Observatory

Research and Innovation Unit - Capacity Building Division

 

Dragos Voicu, Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Research Officer

Border Security Observatory

Research and Innovation Unit - Capacity Building Division

Claudiu Chiriac

Research Officer

Border Security Observatory

Research and Innovation Unit - Capacity Building Division

Javier Quesada, Frontex – European Border and Coast Guard Agency

Director of Capacity Building Division a.i. / Head of Research and Innovation Unit

Published
2022-12-16
How to Cite
Raffaele, L., Saunders, D., Wojcikowska, M., Voicu, D., Chiriac, C., & Quesada, J. (2022). Technology Foresight on Biometrics for the Future of Travel. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (6), 151-167. Retrieved from https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/545
Section
Conference Contribution