Vision-Box begins installation of biometric eGates at Princess Juliana Airport in the Caribbean

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Vision-Box, a provider of self-service border control systems, has begun the second phase of its end-to-end automation program at Princess Juliana International Airport on the island of Sint Maarten in the Caribbean.

The first stage of the program began in October 2016 with the installation of six self-service eGates at the entrance to the airport’s departure hall. The second phase will involve the installation of vb i-match biometric automated border control (ABC) gates to help streamline the immigration process for departing passengers.

Travelers using the new eGates will have the biometric facial information stored in their ePassport matched against a live facial image. Once the identification and safety checks have been completed, the passenger will be allowed to clear immigration.

Carl John, chief of the National Police Force of Sint Maarten, said, “The main goal is to introduce an integrated passenger experience program that seamlessly streamlines the identification, verification, validation and enrollment processes in such a way that it positively enhances passenger flow, while maintaining the highest level of security for travelers.”

Jean-François Lennon, vice-president for global business development and sales, Vision-Box, said, “It has been an amazing journey. With the latest generation of passenger identification technology in place, Princess Juliana International Airport will soon be ready to benefit from a game-changing asset made possible by a robust orchestration platform and an API/PNR framework: the power of anticipation.

“The identification of travelers in advance will allow for effective situational awareness, for the detection of potential risk situations and for the activation of preventive measures, as well as offer a range of opportunities to leverage data, in a privacy-responsible matter, toward more secure, agile, and efficient processes.”

Written by Dan Symonds

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