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Border security going digital

THE Department of Immigration will build a giant database to store digital photographs, fingerprints and other biometric identifiers from visa applicants and immigration detainees as part of a multimillion-dollar upgrade to border security.The move comes ahead of next week’s launch of a biometrics capture lab that will allow the department to test the new technologies. The development of the Identity Services Repository database is a major part of a $4.4 million project announced in this year’s federal budget for the department to test biometric technology. The budget announcement also contained $3.1 million for Customs to extend the trial of its SmartGate facial recognition system, and $2.2 million for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s biometric passports project. Full Story

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