Dublin Airport pilots ABC gates
31 May 2013 13:48 GMT

Dublin Airport pilots ABC gates

Dublin Airport is piloting automated border control (ABC) gates to enable certain passengers to pass through immigration. The pilot – set to last until October 2013 – is being run in cooperation with the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and is supported by automated border gate technology provided by SITA and Accenture. VisionBox, who work with Accenture on the e-gate project at Schiphol, will also team with Accenture on the Dublin e-gate trial.

SITA says the gates rapidly verify the passenger is the passport holder and is authorised to access the country. The system captures the individual’s biometric - in Dublin this is facial recognition - cross checks it with the biometric contained on the passport and against border authority checklists, and verifies access. According to SITA the gates currently process up to 1,000 passengers a day, in as few as 7.5 seconds each.

Ger Daly, MD of Accenture’s global public safety business said; “The global economic climate is driving an expectation to reduce operational costs and streamline processes at border crossings as national security agencies seek to increase safety requirements and consumer demand for improved airport services increase. Airports are now under pressure from all sides to be flexible and cost-efficient, while offering a positive traveller experience and the highest security possible”

A core element in this solution is NEC’s NeoFace face recognition software. SITA says: “In independent tests commissioned by the US Government, this technology has been proven to be twice as fast as any other biometrics in the market and eight times more accurate.” This, combined with the sophisticated gates provided by Kaba, results in a seamless experience for the passenger and the removal of the ‘stand for a photo’ request that most other systems require.

The gates have been implemented by the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) and the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA). SITA says it joined forces with the Irish authorities to explore both passenger acceptance and the efficiency of the gates as European Union member states implement recommendations to move to self-service border control using ABC gates.

“Border control arrangements at Dublin Airport are currently undergoing major change,” says Alan Shatter, Ireland’s Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence. “Immigration control processes are being reviewed and leading-edge border technology such as automated gates is being tested. Many major European airports are adopting a similar trend towards the deployment of automated gates for immigration control functions to enhance passengers’ experience on arrival at airports while also strengthening border security. The trial period will test the suitability of eGates for use at Dublin airport with a view to providing a more secure and efficient means for clearing passengers through immigration control. I look forward to receiving recommendations on the future use of such technology on conclusion of the trials.”

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