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Contactless biometric border platform boosts Idemia’s Asia Pacific growth


Idemia is boosting its investment and scalability in the APAC region through its border processing capability platform for seamless travel experiences, the company announced.

Named “Gen 3.0 Border & Airport platform,” it was built on Idemia’s contactless biometrics technology, which the company says provides a highly scalable and industrial biometric engine with support for contactless or “on the move” face, iris, and fingerprint recognition.

The platform is already up and running in airports in Asia Pacific, and delivers a passenger facilitation capability for contactless passenger processing, which the company hopes will further enhance its partnerships with strategic border customers in the Asia Pacific region.

The system covers a walkthrough eGate for passengers to use once cleared by authorities. To optimize processing times, legitimate passengers can use the self-service feature, and airport security will use mobile-based business applications while surveilling the airport.

Idemia first tested the Gen 3.0 platform at Singapore Changi airport in Terminals 3 and 4, and it is now working on scalability to other markets in Asia Pacific.

Idemia will also invest in positioning its Canberra and Sydney teams close to customer operations to boost innovation and nurture new business concepts.

“The Asia Pacific region is at the forefront of border and airport innovation and it remains a strategic growth market for Idemia,” said Idemia Asia Pacific Region President Tim Ferris. “Through the expansion of our capacity in Australia, we will better support our customers in the region and continue the development of a very successful suite of products and solutions for the global markets.”

In September, Idemia released MFace Flex, a frictionless facial biometric solution to simplify user-experience and crowd flow for seamless travel at high traffic locations such as airports, sports arenas and theme parks. However, plans to use biometric facial recognition at the arrival gates of Australian airports are now up in the air as the Department of Home Affairs has reached a $30 million deal with Idemia to refurbish its legacy Morpho smartgates.

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