The U.S. Custom and Border Protection officers operate within a broad swath of the country – up to 100 air miles from any external boundary. That encompasses most of the nation’s 10 largest cities, including New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, and the entirety of several states, including Florida.

The “office” for most border patrol agents is likely to include airports, train and bus stations, seaports, international border crossings and open deserts and plains. CBP officers require tools that work in a wide variety of geographic settings and weather conditions to perform their jobs effectively. Agents need a lightweight, handheld device enabling them to enroll and accurately authenticate people virtually anywhere.

That description fits Iris ID’s award-winning iCAM M300, a multi-modal biometric device designed for fieldwork in law enforcement (border patrol, police and sheriff), access control and time and attendance applications.

The iCAM M300 blends three leading modes of biometric authentication — iris, facial and fingerprint – and support for magstripe and contactless access control cards and an MRZ reader for ePassport verification. Communication protocols include NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G LTE and more.

Though the iCAM 300 is lightweight, it’s also rugged, capable of capturing quality images in virtually any environment, including dusty conditions and a wide temperature range. The iCAM M300 was recently named the best mobile app in the Security Industry Association’s New Product Showcase.

The CPB also uses Iris ID’s iris authentication technology in some of the busiest pedestrian crossings from Texas to California. The same technology is used in Nexus, a joint program of the Canadian Border Services Agency and the U.S. CBP. Self-serve kiosks enable airline passengers to speed through customs at nine major international airports in Canada.

Iris ID and Clear, a private company, bring expedited security clearances to specific passenger terminals in more than 30 major U.S. airports. The CLEAR system uses touchless authentication to move passengers through security in a fraction of time compared to regular security lines. Similar systems are used in major international airports in Europe and the Middle East.

See the tools being used by border and customs agents worldwide at the National Sheriff’s Association’s National Conference and Exhibition, June 22-24 in the Phoenix Convention Center. We’ll be in booth #114.