FaceFirst Expands Border Control Deployment in Panama

Facial recognition supplier FaceFirst has announced that its biometric solutions currently deployed in Panama’s Tocumen International Airport are expanding into the facility’s Terminal Muelle Norte (the North Terminal). Initially implemented at the airport in 2011, FaceFirst’s facial recognition system provides Tocumen International with the ability to facilitate the capture multiple Interpol suspects as well as national and regional wanted persons.

Biometric Border Control

Biometrics have a number of uses in the border control market. ABC eGates and kiosks, for instance, use biometrics to expedite the security check process.

Jose Mulino, Panama’s Minister of Public Security explains, “The FaceFirst facial recognition system installed at Tocumen is capable of detecting 30 people per day who have a police record or who are wanted by Interpol, and thus are not allowed to enter the country.”

With FaceFirst, facilities upload existing photos of persons on watchlists into the system. Cameras are then installed in strategic locations and use facial recognition to spot anyone passing through the facility matching the uploaded images. In the instance of a positive match, the appropriate parties are notified via email, text or SMS with a picture of the flagged individual and the appropriate camera location.

According to FaceFirst CEO, Joe Rosenkratz, the spreading of facial recognition into Terminal Muelle Norte is part of a $936 million airport expansion.

He comments, “The inclusion of our technology in this expansion is a testament to its beneficial influence on heightening border security and safety within nations.”

Facial recognition solutions like FaceFirst are ideal in airports and other high traffic facilities that require high levels of security. Catching travelers on watchlists isn’t the only use either: facial recognition can bring efficiency to employee access control in these same facilities while also notifying airport personnel of VIP travellers passing through the facility.

September 18, 2014 – by Peter B. Counter