September 5, 2013 -
Gemalto has announced that it will equip the Norwegian Police Directorate with its Coesys eBorder solution based on facial recognition at Oslo’s Gardermoen Airport.
The eBorder system uses a two-stage verification process. At the first step, the passport is authenticated and then facial recognition verifies the passport holder in the second stage.
According to the company, no personal data is held within the eGate system and border guards continuously monitor the system in case intervention is necessary.
“This self-service border control project is a major step towards the EU ‘Smart Borders’ initiative, which aims at enabling smooth and swift border crossing to simplify life for citizens frequently traveling to the EU,” Tommi Nordberg, Senior Vice President for Government Programs at Gemalto said. “Every year more than 700 million EU citizens cross the EU’s external borders, and by 2030 this number will nearly double. Gemalto is proud to make the journey as easy as possible for tourists and business travelers visiting Europe.”
The Gardermoen Airport – Norway’s busiest – handles over 20 million travelers per year.
According to a recent Steria survey, more than half of Europeans support biometric systems for ID documents or ePassports.