Second PROTECT Stakeholder Workshop
Publicly-funded research projects need to stay close to the practical problems they seek to solve and so the PROTECT project team held a second Stakeholder Group workshop on 5th July at the University of Reading. Professor James Ferryman, who coordinates PROTECT, welcomed some 30 or so participants from business, government and the project team itself.
The idea was to validate the latest ideas and research streams with the participants and to keep them informed of progress and future plans. Of greater importance was the feedback form the discussions – about the operational, legal, social and ethical issues surrounding an advanced, contactless, walk- and drive-through border control using a variety of biometric modalities and communication technologies.PROTECT is on its way to demonstrating its vision at two border control points – in Poland at a land border and at a UK airport within the next two years. The project is funded by the EU’s HORIZON 2020 initiative.