iBorderCtrl is designed around the existing border control workflows expanding relevant nodes with novel technologies. The entire system results in a complete re-engineering of the procedures enabling robust border control, that includes steps for the traveller to provide requested information starting from the pre-arrival phase, and procedures that decide and guide the border control at the crossing point based on cumulative risk from the traveller. The purpose of iBorderCtrl is to make border controls more efficient, both in terms of security but also of the time required to cross a border, specifically considering the rising numbers of travellers. The process was validated in simulated scenarios depicting the variety of cases (train, vehicle, pedestrian, etc.) in 3 EU countries (Hungary, Greece, Latvia) which have daily experience in respective border checks having land borders to countries outside the EU.
iBorderCtrl was a ‘proof of concept’ research project as opposed to being concerned with mature product development. Thus, its core focus and the main strategy for its evaluation through the aforementioned scenarios was on researching and promoting technology at a conceptual level, while seeking to evaluate its potential benefit for society and its impact on privacy and fundamental rights of individuals. iBorderCtrl is a research project funded by the EU under the H2020 programme, whereas further development and an integration in the existing EU systems would be required for a potential future use by border authorities. For certain functionalities, this might also require changes to the currently applicable legal framework, which would require a democratic decision by the legislators or the adaptation of the functionalities to the existing legislation.