Second Generation Schengen Information System for the European Commission (SIS II) goes live



The European Commission announce the deployment of the second generation Schengen Information System (SIS II). The new system will enable the exchange of information between national border control authorities, customers and police authorities on crime, national security and immigration matters. Designed to replace an older counterpart, SIS II will streamline border control processes in the…

New EU agency to manage biometric databases

A new agency for managing large-scale EU information systems will be inaugurated today in Tallinn, Estonia. The agency, headquartered Tallinn, will have responsibility for three of the European Commission's IT systems associated with the Schengen passport-free travel area as well, as visa applications and asylum cases. Membership of Schengen extends to 22 EU member states…

The travel function policy on national eID in the European Union

By Detlef Houdeau and Chris Shire, Infineon Technologies Currently, the EU policy for cross border control processes cannot be described as harmonized. When looking at this topic, it is important to note that the Schengen Area is not a geographic area but rather a list of twenty-five states within a cooperative framework. In addition, there…