In a press release, the German Federal Police (Bundespolizei) announced that, as of 8 December 2016, it will be testing selfservice systems for border controls for non-EU nationals at Frankfurt airport. The self-service systems process passengers’ biometric data. Initially, the processed data will be examined in an automated way before being transferred to Federal Police staff for further examination. The goal is to provide more efficient border controls and improve safety and comfort for passengers. The project is connected to the European Commission’s Smart Border Initiative which was set up to improve the efficiency of the Schengen Area’s external borders.