These days, border posts are busier than ever with significant growth in traveler and documentation complexity. In light of this, automated border clearance offers quick and safe processing, as well as frees up capacity of border agencies for intelligence-led border control. Automated border control technologies utilize multi-model biometric matching to process low-risk passengers and allow border agents to concentrate on second-line processing, as 35 percent of current travelers hold biometric documents.
Recently, Accenture (News - Alert) revealed that the company’s electronic border crossing gates, or e-gates, at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol have successfully processed approximately 1 million passengers.
To validate passenger identities and process passenger information, the e-gates at Airport Schiphol make use of facial recognition technology. All this is done before admitting them through the border. Apart from simplifying the check-in process, they also send an alert to border officers when “persons of interest,” who may be on the watch lists of national border agencies and international security organizations, enter into the gates.
“With continuing growth in international travel volumes and increasingly complex documentation and visa requirements, there is a greater need than ever to verify passengers’ identities using new technologies that are supported by efficient human processes,” said Mark Crego in a statement, who leads Accenture’s Border and Identity Management business. “Accenture is working with border management agencies around the world to deliver solutions that facilitate the efficient movement of people and goods while, at the same time, increase border security and protect travelers.”
In 2011, the company was selected by the Ministry of Internal Affairs to design and deliver Automated Border Control Systems (ABCS) at Schiphol airport in Amsterdam. By more efficiently validating passenger identities and documentation, the new systems would decrease the waiting time of travelers who are passing through one of the world's busiest airports during peak immigration periods.