The 36-month SMILE project will deliver a palette of low-cost technological solutions that will make the management of land border control points less resource-intensive, while at the same time will contribute to the traveller's convenience without sacrificing security. Will explore the capabilities of smart mobile devices in biometric control for low-cost but secure and trusted authentication, embedding their exploitation as a part of a multimodal biometric verification process that complements existing approaches. The long-term goal of the SMILE team is to provide a set of affordable and easy to be installed modules, to support the needs of EU Land Border Infrastructures.


  • An increased flow of people & goods at the European Land Borders, in particular with the continuously growing flows of people - 1.8 Million irregular border crossings at Europe’s external borders at 2015 alone
  • An ongoing threat to Europe’s internal security due to recent terrorist attacks
  • Long & unpleasant delays at borders
  • Labour-intensive, time-consuming, costly border control & flow management systems


  • A border crossing point that could provide an integrated solution, friendly both for travellers & border officers, based on the usage of biometrics that we already use in our everyday life through our smartphones
  • A solution that leverages a blend of the best existing technologies & innovations in the fields of encryption & cloud computing, which will together offer an unobstructed flow of people, robust border checks and enhanced data privacy & security

Key Technologies

  • Homomorphic encryption mechanisms
  • Physical Unclonable Function (PUF)-based security solution based on photonic technologies
  • Cloud Trust Protocol (CTP) a mechanism that generates an evidence-based confidence for cloud clients
  • Soft biometrics
  • Single Search GUI, a web-based platform for travellers, land border staff & authorities
  • An embedded security element (chip) ensuring that data is stored & exchanged only to authorized applications & people
  • Match-On-Card Face & Voice
  • Autonomous Mobile Device for Border Control

General Information

SMILE runs from July 2017 to June 2020 and is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.

  • Project Acronym: SMILE
  • Project Full Name: SMILE - SMart mobILity at the European land borders
  • Call Identifier: H2020-SEC-2016-2017-1
  • Activity: SEC-14-BES-2016 - Towards reducing the cost of technologies in land border security applications
  • Work Programme Objective: Secure societies - Protecting freedom and security of Europe and its citizens
  • Grant Agreement No: 740931
  • Total Cost: 4.999.276,25 €
  • EU contribution: 4.999.276,25 €
  • Duration: 36 Months
  • Coordinator: CERTH / ITI