August 18, 2015 -
Indra has successfully deployed approximately 124 automatic border control (ABC) biometric systems at five airports across Spain, including in Madrid, Barcelona, Girona, Palma de Mallorca and Alicante, according to a report by airport-technology.com.
The biometric technology is designed to accelerate the processing of the passengers of the European Economic Area (Schengen area) returning from non-member states.
The ABC systems operate through kiosks where passengers are required to present their digital passport or other electronic ID, with each kiosk consisting of a digital fingerprint sensor and facial recognition cameras.
The kiosks verify the authenticity of the passengers through the biometric data embedded in their digital passports, which matches the data against a police database.
The systems were deployed this year between January and June as part of the EU initiative, Smart Borders, which is set to run until 2017.
The deployment at the five airports follows successful trials at the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport and Barcelona-El Prat Airport.
Indra collaborated with the Spanish police force to conduct the trials under the technical direction of the Secretariat of State for Security.
The company also previously deployed the ABC biometric technology at the Algeciras Maritime Station, a port used by Europeans travelling to Africa.
The ABC kiosks will record all travellers arriving at and departing the European Economic Area.
Previously reported, 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.