Istanbul Atatürk airport deploys biometric border control gates

January 26, 2015 - 

TAV IT has implemented a new passport control system at Istanbul Atatürk Airport to expedite passenger waiting times for international flights, according to a report by RusTourismNews.

The new fingerprint recognition system is in operation at four passport control points in the airport’s international terminal, including two e-gates on the arrivals floor and another two on the departures floor.

TAV IT general manager Kemal Ünlü said that the new e-gates are designed to facilitate passenger flow at the airport.

The passport system is in operation after a 14-month process that included obtaining the approval of civil aviation and official authorities under the leadership of General Directorate of Security.

The team plans to expand the passport control system to other airports after it completes the trial period, said Ünlü.

In preparation for the system’s implementation, TAV IT provided a range of services including developing the solution, selecting the technology, providing support during design phase and infrastructure cabling, and more.

If the system undergoes a successful trial period, four more biometric cabinets will be installed at both the international departures and arrivals floors, with the goal to have a total of 12 cabinets installed at both the terminal’s departures and arrivals floors at the end of the year.

The team expects the system to resolve the issues of fraudulent passport usage and long queues, as well as reducing the number of passport police personnel on hand.

Additionally, facial recognition capabilities will be integrated into the system in the future.

TAV passport card holders will be able to pass through the biometric cabinets in no more than 15 to 21 seconds.

Other European countries such as Dubai, Spain, France and Holland, have already implemented similar passport control systems.

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