Dr. Reginald Brothers, DHS undersecretary for science and technology, wrote in a Thursday blog post the center is built to help the agency implement biometric identification processes at ports of entry across the U.S.
The Maryland Test Facility is a collaborative effort between DHS’ science and technology directorate and the Customs and Border Protection.
“Working together with CBP, we will test and incorporate all aspects of the technology and new procedures with volunteer participants from throughout the national capital region,” Brothers said.
MdTF scientists will also research and develop new methods to make screening easier for travelers and security personnel, according to Brothers.
DHS established the center to support the Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-Engineering Project, which aims to assist CBP in implementing a biometric system to track foreigners entering and leaving the country.