BorderXpress APC kiosks to include facial recognition technology

September 23, 2015 - 

Vancouver Airport Authority announced that its BorderXpress kiosks in use at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL) have expanded its visa processing capabilities and will soon introduce a new facial recognition technology feature.

The BorderXpress kiosks are now able to process visa-carrying travelers including business or tourist visa holders, Mexican travelers with border crossing cards and foreign airline crew members.

As part of the final phase of the APC rollout, this latest upgrade increases eligibility from U.S. and Canadian passport holders, U.S. Lawful Permanent Residents and 38 visa waiver countries detailed by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), to nearly all international arrivals at ATL.

First introduced in May 2014, the airport’s 74 BorderXpress APC kiosks are currently processing more than 70 percent of the airport’s international passengers and have significantly cut down customs lines and overall airport wait times by up to 50 percent.

The introduction of the APC Phase 4.0 and the ability to serve almost all travelers, ATL is expecting to further decrease wait times continuing to better the travel experience for its passengers.

“We’re very excited to work with our airport partners like Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to improve their border experience for passengers,” said Craig Richmond, president and CEO of the Vancouver Airport Authority. “Our Innovative Travel Solutions team will continue to deliver new products and solutions to airports to make air travel easier and cut wait times.”

In addition, BorderXpress now offers facial recognition technology capabilities. All current BorderXpress airport customers will be given the APC Phase 4.0 upgrade as well as access to the facial recognition feature in the coming months.

To date, BorderXpress APC has enabled over 30 million passengers to clear the border safely and quickly with more than 650 kiosks in use at 24 airport locations.

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