Thales and Inetum have expanded the scope of their biometric border partnership in Spain. The two companies have already deployed more than 45 Automatic Border Control gates (ABC Gates) at the country’s Valencia and Bilbao airports, and are now in the process of bringing another 36 ABC Gates to Fuerteventura airport. The Valencia and Bilbao gates have been up and running since July.
The news comes only a few weeks after the two companies announced that they would be ramping up a similar border program at the Adolfo Suarez Airport in Madrid. That pilot kicked off in November of 2019, and uses facial recognition to facilitate a contactless passenger experience.
The ABC Gates will bring similar benefits in the other Spanish airports. In each case, Thales is providing the facial recognition and identity verification technology, while Inetum is providing the monitoring system and acting as a general systems integrator. The ABC Gates offer document recognition capabilities, and can verify the authenticity of a travel document in addition to performing the facial recognition scan.
The system itself is designed to make things easier for Spain’s National Police, which is responsible for airport security and will consequently be operating the gates. The biometric matches are made using images in National Police databases.
“This technology eases passenger management at borders by verifying the traveler’s identity and travel documents, including biometric checks,” said Inetum Deputy GM for Iberia and Latin America Juan Carlos Crespo. “The new system ultimately speeds up the identification process.”
“We are proud to support the work of the National Police and AENA, by creating a safe and agile airport environment, without compromising the traveller experience,” added Thales Spain CEO Jesús Sánchez Bargos.
IECISA was Thales’ original partner in Madrid, though Inetum acquired IECISA in early 2020. Thales has also provided Border Kiosks for the French Ministry of the Interior.
March 25, 2021 – by Eric Weiss