Officials have announced that the United States Customs and Border Protection agency has completed work on RFID system deployments at several crossing points along the U.S.-Mexico border in California. The RFID installations are being implemented as part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) which goes into full effect in June of this year.
According to the announcement this week, RFID equipment deployments and accompanying security upgrades are complete for the San Ysidro, Otay Mesa, Calexico and Tecate border crossing points. Officials added that work on the port of entry in Andrade will be completed by May. The installations are part of RFID upgrades for a total of 354 vehicle primary lanes in northern and southern border ports, accounting for 95 percent of all cross-border travel into the U.S.
The RFID applications installed at the borders will detect a variety of RFID-enabled travel documents now being issued, including the new U.S. passports, cards from new trusted traveler programs (including NEXUS, SENTRI and FAST), enhanced driver’s licenses from some states and border crossing cards for Mexican citizens.
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