July 8, 2014 -
In a joint venture led by Indra and IECISA, the Málaga Airport recently deployed a biometric-based automated border control management system that verifies the traveler’s documents and checks identity by analyzing his or her biometric parameters.
The move is part of a new countrywide smart border initiative which will continually push the use of the technology to effectively manage all air and sea borders with large amounts of passenger movement from Spain.
The solution, which was developed in collaboration with the National Police Force, helps cut down on long waits while improving security at airport checkpoints.
The ABC system is going into service after undergoing a successful pilot project at Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas and El Prat-Barcelona airports.
When travelers insert their electronic DNI or passport into the ABC system, it verifies the authenticity of the document and checks their identity by performing a biometric analysis of their fingerprints and facial features.
Once their documents and identity are successfully verified, travelers make their way to the exit check gate, which uses a fingerprint recognition sensor to verify their identity once again.
The streamlined process allows for the utmost convenience for the travelers while minimizing the workload for National Police Force agents, who only have to intervene if the system detects something unusual.
The ABC system is now in use at the airport’s Terminal T2, which is equipped with three unattended documentation control devices and one gate with fingerprint biometric identification. The system is also installed at Terminal T3, which has four control devices and two gates.
“Citizens of the European Union, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein (European Economic Area) and Switzerland who have an electronic passport will be able to use the ABC system, in addition to Spanish citizens who have an electronic DNI (national identity card), and who arrive in Málaga from countries outside of the Schengen area,” said Francisco Martínez, Spanish secretary of state for security.
Previously reported in BiometricUpdate.com, Indra is spearheading a new European R&D initiative called Automated Border Gates for Europe which will enhance airport ABC systems across Europe.