SITA partners with NEC to provide European e-gates
27 May 2013 10:58 GMT

NEC and SITA partner up on e-gates

SITA and NEC Europe have signed an agreement to jointly provide an automated border control (ABC) gate solution. The solution will incorporates biometric technology for use at immigration control points at airports in the European Union (EU). The agreement comes as EU member states implement recommendations to move to self-service border control using ABC gates.

The speed and accuracy of automated border control gates help speed up passenger flows at border control checkpoints while improving security and resource management. The SITA/NEC offering incorporates face recognition, and optionally fingerprint verification, against e-passport data.

Under normal use, passengers can be processed through the SITA/NEC ABC gate in 10 seconds or less.

A core element in this ABC solution is NEC’s “NeoFace” face recognition algorithm which was ranked No. 1 in the MBE Still-Face Track in 2010 carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), commissioned by the Department of Homeland Security.

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