CBSA introduces RFID technology to speed up border crossings for travellers

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Nancy   2017/12/22

It is important to ensure the secure and efficient border for the economy of American and Canadians. There are almost $2.5 billion worth of two-way trade daily, plus more than 400 thousand travellers.

At Dec. 13, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that radio frequency identification (RFID) technology had been used to save the time of through the boder for travellers at land ports of entry (POEs) over Canada.

RFID channel has a peculiar reader to be used for collecting RFID tag number in some travel documents, including Enhanced Driver’s Licenses from British Columbia, Manitoba and Ontario, Enhanced Identification from Cards Manitoba and British Columbia, electronic Canadian Permanent Resident cards and NEXUS/FAST cards.

If traverllers are carrying these RFID documents, RFID reader will read the RFID tag number when their cars are close to booth. The information of travellers will be found in secure databases by using these RFID tag number, then, which is used to estimate risk and dispalyed on the screen of border services officer. After this, officer needn’t to manually input the information of traverllers any more.

There are two routine travelling roads have been equipped with RFID technology in some POE, including Manitoba, the Emerson border crossing; British Columbia, the Douglas, Pacific Highway and Aldergrove border crossings; Ontario, border crossings at Lansdowne, Ambassador Bridge (Windsor), Peace Bridge (Fort Erie), Queenston Bridge (Niagara), and Rainbow Bridge (Niagara).

The upgrade of these infrastructure will improve efficiency at Canada’s busiest land POEs. Ralph Goodale, the minister of public safety and emergency preparedness, said in a news release,“It will help simplify traveller process and improve border security measures by adding RFID technology to the CBSA’s suite of tools”.

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