On 17 October 2018, the BODEGA consortium participated in a conference entitled “EU Borders – Getting Smarter Through Technology”, held in Tallinn, Estonia. The event was co-hosted by eu-LISA and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (FRONTEX) under the auspices of the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU. The conference provided key border control stakeholders with an opportunity to explore future trends, technologies and challenges related to the management of the EU’s external borders from both a strategic and operational viewpoint.
During the conference, the BODEGA consortium presented its Organisational and Human Factors vision of “smart borders” in the context of a session themed “Future outlook”. The presentation focused on several topics addressed by BODEGA:
- The Human Factors framework adopted throughout the project
- The results of the field studies conducted at several Schengen border crossing points relying on either manual or automated checks
- The main challenges associated with border guards’ decision making
- The organisational model devised by the project in order to highlight the interactions between different stakeholders in the border control process
One of the key messages delivered by BODEGA with regards to the increasing digitalisation of EU borders concerned the importance of Human Factors for supporting more effective and efficient border checks in the future.
The research carried out during BODEGA was also acknowledged during the Industry Roundtable, which took place on the following day and where consortium members had the opportunity to engage in fruitful discussions with participants regarding the human dimension of new border control technologies.
After the event, BODEGA held its final physical consortium meeting before the official end of the project, scheduled for 31 October 2018. Progress was made in the development of a roadmap for future research and development as well as of the Proper Toolbox, the platform whereby the main findings and solutions developed by BODEGA will be made available to the community of border control stakeholders.