May 13, 2013 -
The Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service and the Dublin Airport Authority have installed an automated border control system from SITA at the Dublin Airport in an attempt to streamline passenger flow.
SITA’s gates, which rely on facial recognition technology from NEC, at Dublin Airport are currently processing up to 1,000 passengers a day, in as few as 7.5 seconds each. The system captures a facial image and compares it with the biometric facial data contained on the presented passport. A core element of the solution is NEC’s “NeoFace” face recognition software.
SITA 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.
“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,” Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter, T.D said. “The trial period will test the suitability of e-gates 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.”
Reported previously in BiometricUpdate.com, in 2012, SITA and NEC Europe announced an agreement to develop an automated solution for use in airports across the European Union.