The Maryland Test Facility

The Maryland Test Facility (MdTF) is a reconfigurable 24,000 square foot space designed for laboratory evaluations and operational scenario testing. The MdTF has tested multiple biometric concepts of operations simulating real world conditions and is capable of hosting large numbers of volunteer test subjects concurrently.


The MdTF opened in the summer of 2014 to support the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP)’s Apex Air Entry/Exit Re-engineering (AEER) project. The AEER project created a partnership between S&T and CBP to test and evaluate operational processes using biometric and non-biometric technologies. The MdTF continues to support multiple projects for the DHS S&T Biometrics and Identity Technology Center including those that inform CBP, TSA and external agencies to evaluate and implement solutions in their operational environments.

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