interoperable applications suite to enhance European identity and document Security and fraud detection

Funding Agency: European Commission – Project ID: 101121280
Team members: The Einstein project gathered 21 partners from European countries who were recognised as leaders in their fields. They are grouped into 3 categories: Academic, Industrial and SME (Small and Medium Enterprises), and Government agencies.
Performance period: January 2024 – January 2027
Website: https://cordis.europa.eu/project/id/101121280

Project description:

Combatting fraud on identity and travel documents is a key mission of law enforcement agencies and border guards. Industries have been working on new means to combat identity fraud, and public authorities are using numerous technologies to accomplish their mission, but permanent innovation is required to fight highly skilled defrauders. A number of European innovation projects have tested new ways to combat fraud but few of them reached an operational level. EINSTEIN’s objective is to enhance significantly existing public authorities’ means through innovation, building on technologies proven in the labs but not mature for operational usage yet. EINSTEIN will deliver six applications essential to fight identity frauds:

1) online ID issuance using a secure cloud-based server for real-time biometric quality checks and fraud detection,

2) mobile document and identity checks using commercially available smartphones,

3) document authentication module to detect fraudulent documents,

4) pre-registration for land-border crossings, including biometrics and DTC,

5) EES kiosk with advanced fraud detection using video surveillance,

6) fast track for enrolled travellers using on-the-move face and iris. To ensure TRL7 at a minimum, practitioners will run six different pilot use cases in their own environment.

A key objective is also to ensure the interoperability and flexibility of all the components developed in the project so that they can be reused in different contexts, possibly by different providers. The design of open, well-defined, standardized interfaces will allow the achievement of this objective. Privacy being an essential concern of all European citizens and governments, EINSTEIN will take into account privacy-by-design principles, developing flexible components to ease their customization in order to meet not only the European legislation on data protection but also national legislations on this matter, which vary significantly from one country to the other.