Secunet to deploy ABC eGates at Iceland airport

March 17, 2017 - 

Secunet has won a contract to provide the first automatic border control system (eGates) to Iceland, as part of a co-operation between Isavia, the operator of Keflavik airport, the National Commissioner of the Icelandic Police and the Sudurnes district police.

The German security firm will initially install and implement 12 eGates at Keflavik International Airport in summer 2017. The airport is currently undergoing a steady growth in passenger numbers, and is frequently used as a major hub for intercontinental flights between Europe and North America.

Secunet’s ABC systems will enable a faster and more seamless control process for travelers, reducing transfer times as well as speeding up arrivals and departures.

The eGates, which should be in operation as early as this summer, are similar to the systems that are already used at international airports in Germany, as well as at Prague airport in the Czech Republic.

Secunet easygates verifies the authenticity of ID documents optically and electronically by analyzing the passenger’s facial image embedded in the ID document, and compares it to a captured live image.

The Secunet easygate features a forward-facing camera integrated into the exit door of the eGate to enable an intuitive and seamless biometric verification.

Meanwhile, border police monitor the whole process and are able to focus on those travelers requiring more thorough checks.

The contract covers a complete automated border control system, which will initially consist of 12 eGates, the required background systems, and the monitoring workstations for border control staff.

Secunet will also be responsible for the maintenance and further development of the system for the next three years.

For the first time, a highly secure remote maintenance access will be integrated into the border control system, using a SINA-based solution.

A SINA Box is a secure VPN gateway that will complement the Secunet ABC system, enabling the operator to receive remote support for reduced costs and resources.

Previously reported, Secunet expanded its core expertise in the homeland security area by acquiring a business unit from HJP Consulting, based in Borchen, North Rhine-Westphalia.

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