Interesting reading this week from Rockwell Collins, as we reviewed an article about how baggage systems must keep up with the latest advancements in automated immigration systems.
Rockwell Collins’ Tony Chapman spoke about some of the challenges faced by airport operators with the enhanced performance of systems such as the US’ Automated Passport Control, ‘APC allows travellers to use self-service kiosks to speed the immigration process,’ he said. ‘For airports, driving the pre-clearance process to other countries eliminates immigration queues on arrival to the U.S., as passengers have gone through the process before landing.’
This means that baggage handling systems must be able to keep up with the latest expedited clearance solutions, or risk severe ground delays and queues as passengers wait for their luggage.
This challenge is added to an already-growing pile of challenges airport operators are facing. With strict regulations across the entire operational environment, airports already have to maintain compliance, meet bottom-line budgets and increase passenger experience.
The introduction of automated baggage handling solutions is aiming to create a seamless passenger journey through the airport environment, and Rockwell Collins do know what they are talking about.
Read the full article here to find out more.
It has been announced that a major project to install automated border control e-gates in 8 airports across Australia has been completed.
A total of 83 e-gates have been installed since the project began last year, and already more than 10 million travellers have successfully passed through.
The Australian government committed to the project to ensure border control processes were not only efficient, streamlining Advance Passenger Information processing and reducing the time taken to process passengers, but also enhanced border protection at the country’s international checkpoints.
Peter Dutton, the Australian Minister for Immigration and Border Protection said, ‘This milestone delivers on the Australian Government’s commitment towards streamlined border control processes and enhanced border protection capability at our international airports. [This technology is] critical to improving our ability to accurately confirm the identity of travellers.’
A new automated border control system is now in operation in the Caribbean at Curacao International Airport.
The new system will speed up passenger processing as the airport traffic increases significantly, with self-service gates and real-time passenger data checks, including background screening and API.
The system, provided by Vision-Box, implements an intelligent Passenger Flow system with graphical interfaces for a user-friendly experience.
Other providers of automated border control systems across the world are also experiencing a surge in requirement of self-service and automated passenger processing and screening systems as the need for greater security increases. Improving passenger experience is also high on the list of priorities for international airports on a global scale.
This years’ Passenger Terminal Expo, held in Cologne, Germany, promises to showcase automated border control solutions to further enhance aviation security, yet continue to streamline the passenger experience.
Secunet and Veridos, German security providers, will be in Hall 10 with their EasyPASS solution.
The benefits of automated border control are far-reaching, with advantages to be realised on both ‘sides’ of the gate. Installing an automated system, border officials and agencies are able to focus their efforts on those passengers that require additional security checks, while airports enjoy an expedited passenger processing system to increase efficiency throughout the terminal environment.
The experience is also enhanced for passengers, who can pass through the check-in and security process far more quickly, reducing queueing time and creating a more flexible environment for travellers.
Other providers of automated border control solutions, such as Rockwell Collins’ e-borders, continue to use the latest technological advancements to enhance flexibility while maintaining a higher level of security for airports all over the world.
Following the successful implementation of automated border control gates at Prague airport in 2011, the Czech border police have agreed to expand the project, known as EasyGO.
The project expansion will involve the installation of ten more eGates in both arrivals and departures and will also involve an upgrade of the entire airport IT infrastructure which will include a new Terminal Control Centre and maintenance contract.
Using a Secunet system, Prague airport uses electronic authentication of ePassports, identity cards and uses facial scanning and comparison with electronic data.
Automated border control solutions are becoming commonplace across the world as countries strive to improve security.
Germany’s Tegel Airport in Berlin has installed a new automated border control system in the form of the latest eGates, which allows travellers entering Germany to use the EasyPASS border control system to expedite their journey through customs.
Using electronic automated border control is the answer to cutting queues as passenger traffic grows year-on-year. All over the world, airports are installing automated borders technology to improve passenger experience and reduce waiting times throughout the airport environment.
The Tegel Airport system requires the use of an electronic passport and allows German citizens to travel under a new German identity card for interior flights.
Security measure are also improved with automated authenticity checks and facial recognition software that compares a live image taken at the eGate to the image stored on the electronic passport chip. No personal data is stored during this process at these particular gates.
Passenger processing systems are changing and revolutionising the entire issue of border control within the airport environment.
Zurich Airport has made improvements to its border management system with the installation of a new biometric Advanced Border Control System from Secunet AG. The system upgrade has given Zurich Airport an almost automated process for checking passenger documentation and has also increased flexibility for the airport, almost completely replacing the previous infrastructure for border management.
The inclusion of a fingerprint reader ensures Swiss compliance with mandatory regulations (VIS II) and electronic passport readers have streamlined the passenger processing system for the inspection and checking of identification.
The new system offers airport police the opportunity to access real-time information as the Secunet technology serves as a central interface.
“Travellers and border control staff now have access to the most state-of-the-art border control system in Europe,” said Dr. Rainer Baumgart, chairman of the board at Secunet AG. “The highly modular Secunet biomiddle solution and the new user interface, developed in partnership with the Zurich Cantonal Police, have set new standards in border control technology.”
Airport workstations have been connected to Swiss Police databases as a major part of the infrastructure upgrade process.
As airport traffic increases exponentially each year by an average of 5%, the need for streamlined automated border control processes also increases if ground delays are to be minimised and operational productivity at a high level.
Automated border control technology providers are under increasing pressure to maintain high levels of security across borders all over the world.
According to Georg Hasse, Senior Product Manager of the Portfolio of Electronic Identities at Secunet, leading German IT security company, this year has been an excellent year in terms of sales and industry technological advancements. Europe is expected to dominate the automated border control market over the next five years, so recent research from Acuity tells us, and Germany are embracing the latest technology for biometric border control.
What is being dubbed the ‘border control revolution’ in some corners of the industry, involves the use of biometric recognition in the form of electronic passports, VISAs and residence permits – a growing trend that is quickly spreading as the entire system offers enhanced border security, while keeping operational costs to a minimum.
Across the globe, border security is a hot topic as the threat of terrorism is tackled with a bid to track and monitor the movements of potential persons of interest.
Secunet has been working closely with the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) in the field of biometrics for many years, notes Mr Hasse. Secunet prefers to look at the subject of identity protection as a process, rather than a single solution. He said, “This is a decisive advantage for our customers: our biometrics specialists have a better understanding of the effects a new project will have on previous or subsequent process stages than anyone else. For our customers, this guarantees smooth integration of their solution into the overall process. Within the biometrics industry we are well known for our BioAPI 2.0 compliant biometric middleware Secunet biomiddle that is being used by various public authorities in Europe as a platform for their border control and visa applications. This middleware is also an integral part of our eGate solution Secunet easygate that is currently being rolled out at German airports within EasyPASS, the German ABC project. In addition we offer a modular Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) solution called Secunet eID PKI Suite that is being used in the border control context with modern eMRTDs.”
Earlier this month, the UK government raised issues about the provision of Advance Passenger Information to further strengthen directives to protect European borders. Currently the E.U. carry strict policy restrictions for the handling of passenger data. It will be interesting to watch the debate continue in light of the growth of biometric border security solutions industry.