August 5, 2015
(Ottawa, ON) WorldReach Software as lead bidder, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) as lead Federal Department and partners Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Ryerson University and The University of Ottawa have been selected to undertake a technology demonstration project supported by the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP), which is led by Defence Research and Development Canada’s Centre for Security Science, in partnership with Public Safety Canada.
The Facilitation and Secure Identification of Low Risk Categorized and Extremist Traveller (FASTER – PrivBio) Project, will demonstrate how smartphone technologies, in conjunction with ePassports, can enhance the early screening of travellers to Canada, while preserving and protecting traveller privacy. The technology will demonstrate and test how applicants could self-identify themselves during their online immigration application with minimal human intervention or need to travel to a government office abroad, and how a digital client token that authenticates the client can be created to facilitate the movement of the traveller in the travel continuum.
This technology aims to improve service, service delivery and facilitate the arrival of people in Canada while protecting the safety and security of Canadians.
Work on FASTER – PrivBio is expected to begin in the coming weeks, once contracting is complete. Partners will then have 18 months to test and refine the “proof of concept” and technology demonstration to take a leading position in the technology that can be used for pre-screening immigration applicants and facilitating low risk travellers.
The CSSP is a federally funded program to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, prevent/mitigate, prepare for, respond to and recover from natural disasters, serious accidents, crime and terrorism through the convergence of science and technology with policy, operations and intelligence.
About WorldReach Software
WorldReach Software helps ensure traveller safety and security worldwide through its systems for both government consular organizations as well as individual travellers. WorldReach Software supplies consular, passport and eVisa/Electronic Travel Authorization software and fosters best practices used by more than 3000 daily users in over 950 sites, making it the leading company providing global consular software solutions for Foreign Affairs. Customers include government ministries and departments from Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, Ireland, Denmark, Anguilla, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Montserrat, Turks and Caicos Islands and the British Virgin Islands. For more information contact: www.worldreach.com
Press contact: Shelley Bryen, WorldReach Software, Shelley.Bryen@worldreach.com +1 613 742-6482