Customs and Border Protection's recent merger of three separate databases has supercharged trusted traveler programs across the northern and southern borders.
The three systems, which started as islands of automation at separate points of entry, have become a shared database for Nexus, Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection (SENTRI) and Free and Secure Trade (FAST).
"We started all the databases in 2005 and finished in 2006," said John Wagner, CBP's director of passenger automation programs, of the FAST, Nexus and SENTRI programs. "We have now one single integrated database. If you are a Nexus card holder, you can use it at any of 11 [land] crossings on the northern border and at any of the nine SENTRI locations on the southern bordef." The merged system is called the Global Enrollment database, Wagner said.
Now that CBP has integrated the databases and deployed the same radio frequency identification device technology...