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Detecting Document frauD and iDentity on the fly

Project description

Identity verification made easy to smooth the border crossing experience

Border authorities seek to improve their capabilities and capacities to respond to emerging threats in document and identity verification. The EU-funded D4FLY project will develop a set of tools and systems to address those threats. Research will be done towards verification of travellers' identities by comparing a combination of iris, 3D face, 2D thermal face, body shape and physique data against pre-enrolled reference data also using innovative light field cameras. An advanced document verification system will verify several physical and electronic security characteristics, reveal complicated types of electronic fraud and morphed face images, and detect fraud in breeder documents. The D4FLY innovative solution will include a border control kiosk, smartphone apps and an on-the-move system.


The D4FLY project will augment the current capabilities and capacities of border authorities in countering emerging threats in document and identity verification (e.g. forged documents, impostor fraud, morphed faces) at manual and highly automated border control points and in the issuance process of genuine documents. The confluence of D4FLY set of tools and systems will improve the quality of verification and reduce major time sinks in the processes thus enabling real on-the-move border crossing experience for travelers. Novel sensor hardware based on advanced lightfield cameras and novel algorithms developed in the project will enhance verification accuracy and robustness via the combined usage of 2D+thermal face, 3D face, iris and somatotype biometrics. Analytical means to identify known criminals based on somatotype and 3D face data generated from mugshots and observation data will be developed. Various operational needs of end-users with different threat landscapes constitute the backbone of D4FLY development efforts. D4FLY will create a resilient document verification system that can verify a multitude of physical and electronic security features (e.g. Kinegrams®, MLIs, CLIs), detect complex forms of electronic fraud and advanced morphing, and identify fraud in breeder documents. The potential benefit of blockchain technology in identity verification will also be investigated. The D4FLY solution will consist of a border control kiosk geared with enhanced enrolment, verification and detection capabilities; smartphones applications for improved performance and verification capabilities; and a non-stop on-the-move system for biometric verification. The innovation will be validated against European societal values, fundamental rights, privacy, data protection and applicable legislation. Four different border control points and one document fraud expertise center will form the project’s testing and demonstration ground.

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Net EU contribution
€ 1 173 825,00
10969 Berlin

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Berlin Berlin Berlin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 1 327 200,00

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