Uruguay Airport implements Vision-Box biometric border control technologies

August 24, 2016 - 

Puerta del Sur S.A. (part of Corporación America and concessionary of the Carrasco International Airport), and the National Direction of Migration of Uruguay have been working together to develop a significant overhaul of the border control procedures.

These border control procedure renovations are being conducted in the scope of SISCA, a comprehensive program that analyzes, develops and implements the best technologies and procedures to control and secure airport facilities, verify travelers and cargo, as well as facilitate passengers along their airport journey.

In 2014, Carrasco International Airport introduced travel document readers and fingerprint scanners into manual document control procedures for arriving and departing travelers.

Earlier this month, Vision-Box designed and implemented an advanced border control solution at the airport that integrates both automated and manual border control.

The Carrasco International Airport is the first entry/exit point of Uruguay to implement automated border control, which vastly improves the reliability of security checks, the optimization of operations, and the overall passenger experience.

As a fully automated process, several Vision-Box vb i-match eGates are operational at the arrivals gate offering a full self-service experience and ensuring passport authentication, background checks and biometric passenger verification.

The face recognition system compares the facial image stored in the chip of the traveller’s passport against the live captured image to verify that the traveler has a valid document and is the actual owner of the document.

Once this step is completed, the traveler will be asked to select his or her flight through a touchscreen display available at the eGate.

“The new procedure will have a huge impact in streamlining passenger journey at the airport, especially with the reduction of waiting times,” said Ricardo Cerri, CTO at Puerta del Sur. “We are expecting a reduction of transaction times per person in migratory procedures to drop around 65%, which is a direct benefit to the user of Easy Airport, but also for the users of manual booths, which will also be relieved from congestion. We are very happy to be able to offer our travelers more convenience, agility and efficiency while contributing in securing the border control in Uruguay.”

The technological investment associated with the installation of the Automated eGates corresponds to Puerta del Sur S.A., while the investment related to the electronic passport and electronic IDs correspond to the Ministry of Interior, which has released 95,000 and 950,000 documents, respectively.

Easy Airport is available for international flights for all Uruguayan citizens with electronic document (passport or identity card with chip) 18 years or older. The airport will expand the use to all Argentine travelers in the future.

The airport’s modernization also features manned control booths with new touchpoints to optimize processes, along with vb AIC desktops (automated immigration control) being used to assist border guards in identifying passengers.

The traveler presents his face and fingerprints to the desktop, which is then matched with the travel document and the immigration backend system in order to be correctly identified.

Vision-Box implemented an advanced border control solution designed to improve security and operational efficiencies, while facilitating fast, convenient traveler identification procedures at the airport.

As a result, both ABC eGates and vb AIC desktops are integrated into a software suite for real-time management of the whole security infrastructure as well as interface with law enforcement watchlists such as Interpol.

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