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Colombia’s border agency deploys Gemalto iris verification technology


Colombia’s border control agency has implemented Gemalto ABC Iris at Bogota’s El Dorado International Airport following a pilot launched in February. The automated border control solution, known locally as “BIOMIG”, speeds up identity authentication and reduces bottlenecks in the immigration process.

The solution integrates a iris recognition terminal that allows long range iris capture from 35 to 45 centimeters away. To use the service, Colombian citizens aged 12 and older visit one of 30 BIOMIG enrollment stations at the airport as they exit the country. In under a minute, their iris scan is registered with Colombia’s Border Management System. When re-entering the country, enrolled citizens enter their national ID number on a touchscreen integrated with an automated door barrier by Gemalto’s Colombian partner INCOMELEC, SAS. After a quick glance at the iris reader terminal, identity is validated via a secure digital process and the automatic doors swing open.

Gemalto has previously worked with Colombia’s border control agency on solutions for secure document authentication, biometric solutions and software integration for their border operations.

Last month Gemalto announced it had won an open tender for the production of the next generation of British passports. The contract is for 11.5 years, including 10 years of production and issuance services.

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