Gemalto selected to install biometric e-gates at Paris airports

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Digital security company Gemalto has been contracted by airport operator Paris Aéroport to supply, install and maintain 87 of its Coesys Automated Border Control gates, as part of the French PARAFE program (Automated Fast Track Crossing at External Borders). The solution is based on fingerprint recognition and aims to increase capacity and improve the passenger experience.

Gemalto will install the e-gates in partnership with automated security specialist Automatic Systems at Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Paris-Orly airports. By spring 2017, passengers will be able to pass through security at the two airports using only their passport and fingerprint. The solution has also been designed to accommodate facial recognition technologies in future.

To use the system, travelers simply present their electronic passport and then their fingerprint at the e-gate, which is then matched against the biometric data stored in the document. While the identity of the traveler is verified at the e-gate, Border Protection Officers can monitor the information in real time and can take action if required.

Frédéric Trojani, executive vice president of government programs at Gemalto, said, “From a passenger point of view, our solution gives the experience of an uninterrupted passage through the gates as it only takes a few seconds. It allows optimum use of biometric technologies and also improves border control security as it allows for increased detection of fraud cases.”

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