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Border control mobile app integrates Regula SDK to heighten efficiency in Portugal


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Regula‘s document reader SDK has been integrated with a new mobile app to boost border control efficiency in Portugal, in partnership with Portuguese software company Present Technologies, the company announced.

The SEF Mobile application is a Portuguese Immigration and Border Service (SEF) project to address the need need for seamless control checks, as per new migration policies. The Regula Document Reader SDK enables touchless document authentication through smartphones. One month after launch, it has processed more than 75,000 border control inspections.

Originally intended for airport and maritime border use, the global health crisis has turned land borders into a top priority. Adjustment to the new scenario in an attempt to reduce the effects of COVID-19 took two weeks.

“SEF Mobile has become an essential tool to increase the efficiency and safety of SEF inspectors on the various land border posts,” said Erica Santos, SEF inspector, in a prepared statement. “Simply and instantly, it allows the gathering and validation of a set of data from several identifying documents, without the need for physical contact between said documents and the inspectors.”

“Regula is proud to be involved in projects of national significance. Mobile solutions have obviously been a trend during recent years, but in the current situation the requirement for mobility has even increased,” said Nikita Kolesnev, deputy director at Regula, in a prepared statement. “Being flexible, our solution allows for quick adaptation to specific customer’s needs and can be used on various types of devices and operating systems. The company’s technologies are being used for border control in more than 100 countries, so our experience helps to take into account all the nuances of document verification at all types of border checkpoints.”

Regula has also partnered with Spanish companies Kuvu and Squareetlabs to create the free COVIDA app to help organize social support systems for vulnerable elderly people to practice self-isolation during the pandemic crisis.

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