The second generation Schengen Information System (hereinafter "SIS II") created by Regulation 1987/2006/CE and Decision 2007/533/JAI on the establishment, operation and use of the second generation Schengen Information System entered into force on 9 April 2013. This system aims at increasing security and facilitating free movement of persons within the Schengen area by easing the exchange of information between the police, customs and national border control authorities. Its functionalities have been enhanced allowing in particular the introduction of biometrics data and new types of alerts related to means of payment, aircrafts or industrial equipment. Furthermore, "SIS II" reinforces data protection safeguards. The direct consultation of data entered into "SIS II" is limited to certain competent authorities whose names have been listed and published on 9 April 2013 in the Official Journal of the European Union.