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Gemalto’s ABC gates to speed up border control at Paris airports


Gemalto has been selected by Paris Aéroport to supply, install and maintain its Coesys Automated Border Control gates as part of the French PARAFE program (Automated Fast Track Crossing at External Borders).

Gemalto has partnered with Automatic Systems and IER to deploy the project. The companies will install 87 e-gates in Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. By the spring of 2017, passengers will be able to start passing through the Gemalto e-gates with only their passport and fingerprint, saving time on departure and at arrival in Paris’ main airports.

With 95.2 million passengers passing through the airports each year, ensuring the best possible security while simultaneously improving passenger fluidity is the goal.

The process is fast, user-friendly and highly secure. At the e-gate, passengers present their electronic passport, then their fingerprint is matched against the biometric data stored in the document.

While the identity of the traveler is verified at the e-gate, Border Protection Officers can keep monitoring the information in real-time in order to allow border crossing.

Frédéric Trojani, Executive Vice President of Government Programs at Gemalto explains that the project is beneficial for both passengers and border control officers: “From a passenger point of view, our solution gives the experience of an uninterrupted passage through the gates as it only takes a few seconds. Allowing optimum use of biometric technologies, it also improves border control security as it allows for increased detection of fraud cases.”

The solution has been designed to evolve over time from fingerprint recognition to facial recognition.

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