The European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) is testing a new border check technology at Lisbon Airport, in cooperation with the Border Service of Portugal (SEF).
Instead of standing in queue to show their passports to border guards, travelers are able to cross the border almost seamlessly thanks to facial recognition and touchless scanning of fingerprints.
This ‘Biometrics on the Move’ technology is intended to make it easier for travelers to quickly pass through border checks without taking out their passport or other documents. The technology will also give border guards more time to conduct systematic and efficient security checks.
The Lisbon trials, which affect EU citizens leaving the Schengen Area, will test whether biometric solutions can reduce waiting time at borders. Making crossing borders easier and more secure is a key part of Frontex’s mission.