“The deployments come at a time of escalating activity in biometric border security around the world, with various governments looking to facial recognition in particular as a means of improving security while ensuring the quality of the traveler experience.”
Tanzanian border authorities have implemented biometric border screening at two major airports using technology provided by Vision-Box.
The screening systems use biometric facial recognition to compare travelers’ faces to the images depicted in their passports and other identity documents, helping to verify the travelers’ identities. The systems were deployed at both the Kilimanjaro International Airport in the north of the country, and the Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.
While Vision-Box has seen numerous deployments of its technology aimed at improving the traveler experience, passenger flows, and administrative efficiency, a statement announcing the Tanzanian deployments placed a strong emphasis on security. Commenting on the biometric technology, a representative of Tanzania’s Commissioner General of Immigration said “we need more of its kind for all our land, air and maritime entry points to combat irregular Migration which is becoming rampant along our borders”.
The deployments come at a time of escalating activity in biometric border security around the world, with various governments looking to facial recognition in particular as a means of improving security while ensuring the quality of the traveler experience. The travel industry is also seeing an opportunity in this trend, with World Travel & Tourism Council President Gloria Guevara Manzo recently having called biometric border screening “the single biggest opportunity” for the industry in the year to come.
January 29, 2018 – by Alex Perala