The U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to test a biometric technology at the Otay Mesa crossing as part of an effort to bolster the identification process for non-U.S. citizens that enter the country.
CBP will use biometrics under the two-phase test to verify the identity of foreigners who enter and leave the U.S., match their entry and exit records and protect a traveler’s identify, CBP said Thursday.
“CBP is committed to developing a system that provides biometric exit data on non-U.S. citizens in a way that does not disrupt air, sea, or land port operations, but, rather secures and facilitates travel and trade,” said Pete Flores, San Diego field operations director.
“This test will help inform on next steps to developing and implementing biometric exit in the land pedestrian environment,” Flores added.
Under the first phase, non-U.S. citizens who enter the U.S. will be required to present a facial photograph and iris images using kiosks with built-in biometric capture technology.
Foreigners who leave the country will also have to provide biographic data under the second phase that is scheduled to begin in February 2016.