SITA biometric border control kiosks deployed in Mexico

SITA has rolled out 100 biometric Automated Border Control kiosks at three major airports to support the Mexican Federal Government’s efforts to strengthen border control.

The SITA iBorders BorderAutomation ABCKiosks have been deployed at international airports in Mexico City, Cancun, and Los Cabos, which are operated by Aeropuerto Internacional de la Ciudad de México (AICM), Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste (ASUR) and Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP), according to the announcement.

“The installation of these kiosks represents another example of the implementation of state-of-the-art technology in Mexico, aimed at preserving the safety of people and their goods, as well as facilitating activities related to aviation,” said Gerardo Ruiz Esparza, Secretary General, SCT, the Mexican Ministry of Communications and Transportation. “Automating the entry of domestic and foreign passengers who do not require a visa is achieved by capturing biometric data (fingerprints, photography and scanning of the passport), which quadruples the capacity of passenger attention for each migration agent.”

The kiosks will be used to identify passengers as they enter the country at first, and will eventually be used to facilitate the full admission process for Mexican citizens and non-citizens who do not require an entry visa. Passengers enter standard travel information and have their fingerprints scanned by the kiosks to speed up passenger processing while maintaining security. The company says with up to five kiosks managed from one immigration counter, the time passengers spend in line can be reduced by 40 percent.

The kiosks are currently deployed, and are expected to process close to eight million arrivals in their first year.
SITA, which was acknowledged earlier this year for the success of its partnership with JetBlue and U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Boston’s Logan International Airport, recently announced a trial of facial recognition technology for flight boarding without a passport with British Airways at Orlando International Airport.

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