Vision-Box will be upgrading the biometric passenger processing system at the Princess Juliana International Airport (PJIAE) in Sint Maarten. The company will be outfitting the airport with its contactless Orchestra Digital Identity Management Platform, which uses facial recognition to match travelers to the images in their travel documents.
The deployment builds on the existing relationship between Vision-Box and Princess Juliana. The two companies first joined forces in 2015, when Vision-Box installed vb i-match security checkpoints, and expanded in 2017 when Vision-Box augmented those checkpoints with vb i-match automated border control e-Gates with self-service capabilities. The new agreement will extend the contract yet again, allowing Princess Juliana to keep pace with the latest technological innovations.
The two parties are hoping that the improved passenger experience will increase Sint Maarten’s appeal as a tourist destination and boost its economic recovery in the wake of hurricane Irma and the COVID-19 pandemic. In that regard, the new system will minimize the amount of contact that passengers have with physical touchscreens and airport staff.
“We fully embrace the vision of the airport to become an agile digital travel platform in the region, enabling them to attract more happy tourists to foster GDP and sustainability in the mid-term,” said Vision-Box Strategic Sales and Global Partnerships VP Jeff Lennon.
“The airport industry is going through a major business transformation,” added Sint Maarten COO Michel Hyman. “Our extended partnership with Vision-Box is the ideal platform to support our market recovery and future sustainability, taking advantage of the successful collaboration we built our trust upon.”
The renewed contract is the latest in a string of Orchestra successes. Emirates and AirAsia are some of Vision-Box’s most recent Orchestra customers, with the latter using the platform to manage its own face-based check-in system. Vision-Box has also combined Orchestra with Airside’s mobile app to allow people to store their travel credentials on their mobile phones.
April 16, 2021 – by Eric Weiss