Vision-Box forms airport biometrics partnership, expands Dubai implementation

UK government negotiating for Schengen e-gate use
Vision-Box forms airport biometrics partnership, expands Dubai implementation

Vision-Box has formed a strategic partnership with AirAsia Group to bring biometric identity management technology to all 152 airports in AirAsia’s network.

AirAsia is planning to dramatically improve customer experiences with a single enrollment to access services for several key processes.

The airline’s F.A.C.E.S (Fast Airport Clearance Experience System), which provides contactless biometric passenger processing shows its leadership in pioneering new seamless digital identification technologies throughout the travel ecosystem, according to the announcement.

Vision-Box’s Orchestra Identity Management Platform will provide instant analysis, monitoring, reporting and configuration capabilities to support seamless experiences. All virtual and physical security and data infrastructure will be regulated in real-time through an interconnection between Orchestra and AirAsia’s network.

The agreement includes the delivery of F.A.C.E.S., network-wide digital identity management, and technology for seamless, touchless mobile digital ID enrollment, biometric check-in, automated self-service baggage drops, roving temperature checks, security clearance and flight boarding.

“This collaboration is a powerful gamechanger for the industry. Partnering with AirAsia will allow Vision-Box to deliver the very best strategies that will be uniquely conceived, designed and built for the next generation of transformative identity management platforms,” comments Vision-Box CEO Miguel Leitmann.

“We believe this partnership will lead to a traveller management model that will drive how passenger identification and clearance is conducted in the near future with substantially reduced operating costs, increased efficiency and improved output.”

Vision-Box’s Orchestra Identity Management Platform is certified for Privacy by Design.

Vision-Box is also providing biometrics through the Orchestra platform for an integrated biometric path to provide a contactless passenger experience for Emirates Airlines passengers travelling from and through Dubai International Airport.

With a mix of face and iris biometrics, Emirates passengers can check in for their flight, complete immigration processing, enter the airline’s lounge, and board their flights with shorter wait times and reduced human interaction for increased health and safety.

Vision-Box supplied biometric technology for Emirates’ Biometric Path at Terminal 3 of Dubai Airport for seamless airport processing in line with IATA’s One ID framework, and the expansion to all Emirates Airlines passengers comes at the completion of a successful four-year trial collaboration on digital identification technology.

UK government wants its citizens to be able to use Schengen biometric e-gates

The UK government is seeking to have passengers travelling through European airports and Eurostar terminals continue to use automated e-gates for passport checks so they can continue to benefit from faster processing times, The Guardian reports.

The European Commission, however, says that the use of e-gates by UK nationals would breach regional laws. The Guardian claims to have seen an internal EU document pointing to the Schengen border rules as preventing their use by UK nationals.

The UK government has signalled intentions to allow travellers with passports from the EU, the European Economic Area (which also includes Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein), and Switzerland to continue using UK e-passport gates under the same border control arrangements as before Brexit. The EU system, however, requires people entering the region to pass through its biometric Entry-Exit System (EES) and have their passports stamped.

Additional checks are expected to add 15 to 20 seconds to the processing time of each Briton passing through Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam, which could translate to 50 minutes or an hour to get through the line.

The planned roll-out of a new EES in 2022 could provide an opportunity for UK nationals to use the e-gates, according to the report.

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