Thailand has updated its security procedures with a new biometric border control system that comes courtesy of DERMALOG. Specifically, the country’s Immigration Bureau has deployed 1,020 biometric counters equipped with DERMALOG’s multimodal Automated Biometric Identification System (ABIS), which offers face, fingerprint, and iris recognition.
For now, the Immigration Bureau is primarily interested in the first two of those modalities. The agency is using the biometric counters to scan the face, fingerprint, and passport of every traveler at the Thai border, verifying identities with multimodal one-to-many matching that takes a tenth of a second. That makes the iris recognition utility an added bonus that the Bureau could opt to use at some point in the future.
Though the announcement is recent, the Thai border system was first installed in May of 2019, and has already been used to process more than 49 million travelers. Biometric counters are now in place at 65 border crossings throughout the country, a roster that includes 49 land and sea borders and 16 international airports.
According to the Immigration Bureau, the system has caught more than 4,300 blacklisted individuals and an additional 127,000 with various visa violations in the first several months of use. The agency has also arrested 3,166 people for attempted fraud.
“We are very satisfied with the new DERMALOG biometric border control system, as it has increased the rate of catching criminals at our borders tremendously,” said Immigration Bureau Chief Sompong Chingduang.
For Thailand, the system seems to be part of a broader biometric border overhaul, especially when paired with the 15 million biometric e-passports that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recently ordered from Thales and Gemalto. DERMALOG, meanwhile, previously partnered with IDNow to launch AutoIdent. AutoIdent is a mobile identity verification app with facial recognition capabilities that made its debut last February.
January 28, 2020 – by Eric Weiss