Next-gen border security comes to Barbados

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The border control program at Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) in Barbados has been expanded, with 48 biometric-enabled kiosks now in use.

The expansion is the result of a partnership between Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) and Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS), an independent business unit within Vancouver International Airport, and involves the installation of ITS’s BorderXpress kiosks.

Developed by ITS, BorderXpress was first implemented at GAIA as a pilot program with 16 kiosks in August 2018. The technology has simplified the border clearance process, significantly reducing wait times for passengers at GAIA. The 48 kiosks now in place are available for use by all arriving passengers, the original 16 having been reserved for residents from Barbados, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region and those who hold permanent or indefinite status in Barbados.

Using the kiosks, passengers scan their travel documents and complete their declaration. The kiosks will verify identity and admissibility using facial recognition technology before passengers proceed to a border services officer for final inspection. This process ultimately reduces time spent with the border services officers and reduces overall processing times for arriving passengers.

“The implementation of an additional 32 BorderXpress kiosks at Grantley Adams International Airport will ultimately simplify the border clearance process for all arriving passengers and reduce wait times significantly,” adds Chris Gilliland, director of Innovative Travel Solutions.

BorderXpress kiosks are fully accessible to those with disabilities, and can be configured with any languages. They can also process families traveling as a group.

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