[PROJECT] EASIMob selected by ANR Flash Call for projects to secure Paris Olympic Games

on the August 2, 2019

In the context of the ANR Flash Call for Project entitled "Security of the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic Games", the EASIMob project (Environnement pour l'Accès Sécurisé par Identification, Mobile et Biométrique) has been selected by the ANR committee and will begin in september 2019 for a duration of 18 months.
This project is a partnership between id3 Technologies (project leader), Advanced Track & Trace, the Institut Fourier Crypto team and Verimag/PACSS team.

Scientific summary

The project aims to develop an innovative low cost identification system combining two distinct technologies: facial recognition and 2D barcode identification. The operating principle is based on the encoding of a biometric template in a 2D barcode printed on an ordinary physical medium (badge/paper) or digitized (smartphone). This system will allow the differentiated access of individuals to certain areas according to their level of accreditation as well as a non-cooperative detection of individuals not authorized to circulate in these areas.
Access to the Olympic venues will be granted by presenting a biometrical document (physical or digital) obtained after a secure online enrollment process. This document will consist of a 2D high density code used as a secure storage medium with a small physical footprint. Information contained inside the code will be cryptographically signed and therefore non-malleable. The code will be adapted to the XP-Z242-101-CEV data format standard, also called “Visible Electronic Seal” (AFNOR 2019), which is a standardization of the 2D-Doc state code. In addition to the usual identification information (last name, first name, etc.), this code will also include information regarding the access rights (accreditations) of its holder as well as a biometric template created during enrollment from a photo taken live by the candidate. During access control, identification of the holder will be performed using a secure device (fixed or mobile) combining a code reader associated with a camera for facial recognition. After validation of the holder's accreditation level and confirmation of the biometric identity, the individual will be able to enter the site. Several security architectures will be proposed in order to control areas with increasing level of security.
The detection of individuals not authorized to wander in the reserved areas will be done using a surveillance system based on smart-cameras equipped with facial recognition technologies in order to detect the faces in the crowd and create biometric templates on the fly. The templates generated by the cameras will be compared to a list of reference templates which will be updated when authenticating individuals at access control points. Finally, innovative security architectures will be developed to ensure the proper execution and communication of smart cameras in an unsafe environment and the confidentiality of sensitive biometric data contained in the templates. The major technical challenges of this project are to ensure the reading of a high density proprietary 2D code by a fixed or portable reader with a capacity of 600 dpi minimum, to define robust cryptographic mechanisms allowing the manipulation of biometric templates without compromising confidentiality of the data, and to ensure the security of the runtime environment and the devices’ update mechanism.

  • Facilitate the creation of identification documents with remote enrollment and immediate availability of a biometric document (physical or digital)
  • Allow on-site identity verification without a centralized database
  • Propose access rights control solutions adapted to the security levels of the sites while preserving the fluidity of control
  • Guarantee the impossibility of falsifying key information such as biometrics, access rights or any other accreditation defined by the organization of the Olympic Games.
The realization of this project should lead to the design of a highly secure multimodal identification solution and differentiating on the market by the technologies in use, its costs and associated technical advances (CEV, innovative security architectures...)
Published on August 6, 2020