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São Paulo International Airport to install innovative eGates

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

São Paulo International Airport (GRU Airport) will soon have an innovative process of immigration that aims to streamline the flow of passengers and reduce waiting times.

Latin America and Brazil’s busiest gateway in Guarulhos, will implement automated border control technology eGates, designed by Vision-Box.

The technology is already being tested in the new terminal and will be installed in Terminals 2 and 3 by the end of August.

Read more in Airport World.

São Paulo International Airport will implement the latest Automated Border Control technology

Monday, June 16th, 2014

The solution designed by Vision-Box® is already being tested in the new terminal and will be installed in the international terminals by the end of August.

Brazilian passengers from GRU Airport – São Paulo International Airport – in Guarulhos may soon enjoy an innovative process of immigration, which will streamline the flow of people and reduce waiting times. In August, Terminals 2 and 3 in Guarulhos (the latter opened on May 11th) will receive the latest Automated Border Control technology, which will allow passengers to control their own immigration and emigration processes autonomously, without the need to interact directly with the Brazilian Federal Police, provided they have a Brazilian electronic passport and are over 18 years old.

How does it work? As an alternative to the traditional and manual control of passports, the passenger can go directly to one of the eGates installed by Vision-Box®, through which they will only pass if the passport is authentic, if the passenger that is using it the real passport holder, and, finally, if the person can actually travel (e.g. has no criminal record prohibiting the trip). This is possible by way of advanced technology that allows for the verification of the authenticity of identification documents, as well as for the facial recognition of the passenger. The whole process is controlled remotely by the Federal Police, which will only intervene if any anomalies occur, thus freeing them for truly risky situations.

Working in self-service mode, the vb i-match® 5 e-Gates focus on user experience, with clear instructions, intuitive interfaces and automatic adjustments to each passenger (e.g., its height), capturing their facial image according to international quality standards such as ICAO. The process takes no more than a few seconds, which means a faster and less stressful experience for the passenger.

“Improving the passenger’s experience and the levels of security are priorities for the administration of the GRU Airport.”, says the Airport’s IT director, Luiz Ritzmann. “With the growth of demand recorded in the last decade in Brazil, the Airport infrastructure will increasingly require cutting-edge technology and optimized processes, which will streamline the flow of passengers in different areas (check-in, X-ray security, immigration and emigration control, customs and baggage claim). In this context, it is urgent to invest in the modernization of systems and equipment. And that’s what we are doing in Guarulhos”, Ritzmann explained.

The solution, designed by Vision-Box® and customized to meet the challenges of the largest airport in Latin America, is already installed in a proof of concept stage at Terminal 3. Leidivino Natal da Silva, Managing Director of Vision-Box® Latin America, states that “It is a privilege to be part of a project of this size and relevance for Brazil. The GRU Airport is facing the enormous challenge of accommodating millions of Brazilian passengers per year! And they are responding in the best way: with more security and more innovation! Vision-Box® Automated Border Control technology will match the level of demand, giving a new momentum to this new space.”

Vision-Box® is confident in this new challenge: the company has already deployed about 500 Automated Border Control solutions and 3000 digital identity management solutions for biometric capture worldwide!

Morpho and Vision-Box progress to testing stage for Australian biometric eGate contract

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Morpho and Vision-Box are currently competing for a contract to deploy eGates in international airports throughout Australia.

Reported in ITNews, both companies have progressed into a testing stage for a two-year $8.4 million trial of the technology. 

Also from the ITNews report, Australia Customs awarded Morpho a contract related to eGates in 2004. This particular contract was worth $43 million and is applicable through to 2016.

Customs has reportedly received money to get software up to speed with the new eGates, and once funding for full-scale implementation is available, the government will be ready to kick off the new project.

Read more in Biometrics Update.

Aruba Airport Embraces Biometrics for the People

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

The Aruba government is committed to implementing new technologies in order to improve the customer experience at the island’s airport. In support of this initiative it is holding the Happy Flow demo meeting with an aim to establish a pre-clearance situation between Aruba and The Netherlands.

Vision-Box has been selected by the committee behind this initiative for the second year in a row to trial its biometric border control technology.

Read the news in findBiometrics.

Vision-Box® reveals the ultimate passenger experience today at the Aruba Airport

Friday, May 16th, 2014

At the world showroom for innovation in passenger experience in Aruba, where Europe meets the Americas, the renowned leader in biometric solutions for airport proposes a documentless traveler “Happy Flow”.

Airports and Airlines of reference around the world are gradually more engaged in finding ways to ensure a positive passenger experience while guaranteeing the highest standards of security and safety in airports. Vision-Box® is showing the direction this week in Aruba at the Happy Flow demo meeting, an initiative launched by the Government of Aruba intended to implement innovative technologies to improve airport experience in Aruba’s airport and to establish a pre-clearance situation between Aruba and The Netherlands. The event gathers the initiative’s steering committee consisting of the Prime Minister of Aruba, the CEOs of the Schiphol Group, KLM and Aruba Airport, the Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Justice of The Netherlands, and is combined with other initiatives, such as the presentation of the first KLM biofuel flight.

For the second year, Vision-Box® was the company selected, after a rigorous tendering process, to present a live demonstration of the “Aruba Happy Flow”, a concept that will not only improve processes in Aruba but shape the future of passenger experience in airports worldwide in the next years.

The focus of the “Aruba Happy Flow” is to offer passengers a seamless, fast, intuitive and secure ground process through the use of the latest face recognition technology and state-of-the-art self-service equipment at every control point of the airport. But what else is so special about this concept? Jean-François Lennon, Director of Global Business Development, Sales & Marketing at Vision-Box® answers: “This project is indeed a revolution in the airport ecosystem. For the first time ever, biometrics is being used as the main passenger identification token in an airport. Instead of using either a passport or a boarding pass, the passenger swiftly goes through all airport control points where he simply has to have his identity checked by looking at facial recognition cameras”.

By setting up a pre-clearance process between Aruba and The Netherlands, for example if a passenger is identified as ineligible to enter the destination country or unable to fly for safety reasons, the airline will be immediately notified and be able to activate the adequate security measures. «Emphasis is on preventive measures, not on reactive ones» explains the security specialist Jean-François Lennon. And he adds: «The relevance of the pre-clearance initiative is world-ranging. It means these countries are building a broad-based platform for further cooperation and intelligence exchange, which will be a case study of world relevance for more cooperative, efficient and reliable border management around the world».

We won’t have to wait much longer to see the Happy Flow in a real environment. A permanent pilot project is planned to be implemented before the end of 2014, and will make Aruba the place to visit!

 

Editorial Contact

Vision-Box® Headquarters

Catarina Meleiro

E: catarina.meleiro@vision-box.com

T: +351 912361611

Take a tour on the new terminal at Guarulhos Airport

Saturday, May 10th, 2014

With a capacity for 12 million passengers a year, the modern Terminal 3 will be inaugurated on Sunday for international flights.

Vision-Box’s eGates are presented at picture #10. Take the tour in EXAME’s news.

Vision-Box Extends Biometrics And Improves Passenger Experience At Airport Touch Points

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

While for some, managing identity by applying biometrics at all airport touch points is still considered to be a vision, Vision-Box® is paving the way by demonstrating how it concretely work in a real traveler life context, at Passenger Terminal Expo 2014, one of the most highly regarded airport terminal conferences in the world, taking place this week in Barcelona.

Getting to the airport, checking-in, going through the security check, enduring queues at border control, getting to the gate, and boarding the plane may take, in some cases, more time that the flight itself and generate high levels of stress and anxiety for both passengers and the authorities, not really contributing to non-aviation revenue for Airport operators.

Read the full PR in here.

Vision-Box at the forefront of discussions on Expedited Travel and Border Management in the USA

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

U.S. Government officials and industry experts gathered together under one roof to discuss the growing challenges associated with securing human identity during the conference Connect ID, which took place in Washington last week. One of the hot topics under discussion was Aviation Security and the balance between the facilitation of legitimate travel and tight border control.

Read the article in here.

Vision-Box® is extending biometrics and improving Passenger Experience at every airport touch point

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Lisbon, March 25, 2014

While for some, managing identity by applying biometrics at all airport touch points is still considered to be a vision, Vision-Box® is paving the way by demonstrating how it concretely work in a real traveller life context, at Passenger Terminal Expo 2014, one of the most highly regarded airport terminal conferences in the world, taking place this week in Barcelona.

Getting to the airport, checking-in, going through the security check, enduring queues at border control, getting to the gate and boarding the plane may take, in some cases, more time that the flight itself and generate high levels of stress and anxiety for both passengers and the authorities, not really contributing to non-aviation revenue for Airport operators.

To ensure a hassle-free passenger journey and make the airport experience enjoyable while guaranteeing highest standards of security and safety, the human factor is at the center of Vision-Box® ‘s approach towards the Passenger Experience, introducing biometrics at every step of the journey, in a strategic partnership with the 14 steps of the Future Traveller Experience developed by IATA (International Air Transport Association), being presented at Passenger Terminal Expo.

By automating identification and verification processes and implementing a robust central management platform integrating identity management, security and border control features, airports and airlines are able to provide a more convenient, expedient and streamlined experience to legitimate passengers, by reducing queuing times and putting the passenger in control of their journey. This improves security levels, by reducing errors and correctly assessing security risks, actually being able to benefit from an advanced passenger monitoring infrastructure, including predictive modeling of people’s flow. In fact, from check-in to boarding, the passenger interacts with the airport at every security touch point, thus contributing to the aggregation of relevant information by the Airport, Airline or Border Control Authorities, consequently gradually filling, in a privacy-sensitive manner, the “Traveler Data Envelope”.

Despite the passenger-centric approach, Jean-François Lennon, Director of Global Business Development, Sales & Marketing, explains that “all airport stakeholders are taking benefit from the broad use of biometrics and from the Traveler Data Envelope concept: While Governments and Border Control Authorities are improving security at the border by way of a reliable biometric identification and verification methods, Airports and Airlines are offering their customers a more sophisticated innovative edge and better services, improving passenger flow, decreasing congestions and waiting times, and making passengers enjoy travelling again to the benefit of their revenue growth!

A live demonstration of Vision-Box®’s Passenger Experience offering can be seen at stand 2200 at Passenger Experience Expo. The entrance to the exhibition is free.


 

Editorial Contact

Vision-Box® Headquarters

Catarina Meleiro

E: catarina.meleiro@vision-box.com

Vision-Box® at the forefront of discussions on Expedited Travel and Border Management in the USA

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Lisbon, March 25, 2014

U.S. Government officials and industry experts gathered together under one roof to discuss the growing challenges associated with securing human identity during the conference Connect ID, which took place in Washington last week. One of the hot topics under discussion was Aviation Security and the balance between the facilitation of legitimate travel and tight border control.

As one of the leading industry specialists, Vision-Box® contributed to the debate with their wide experience of over 400 Automated Border Control solutions implemented worldwide and provided some answers with regard to the growing need for effective identification and verification solutions. “Not only robust ABC solutions at each country’s entry/exit point are important, but a powerful IT platform ensuring a Unified Architecture and integrating Identity Management, Security and Border Control solutions is crucial to consolidate all dimensions and the dataflow management of an entry/exit process. This will permit a nationwide view of migration flows, anticipating peaks, associated measures and building the foundations of a solid predictive model”, explains Jean-François Lennon, Director of Global Business Development, Sales & Marketing at Vision-Box®, in a fishbowl session with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the Finish Border Guard.

The company sets a very special focus on the passenger experience – seamless journeys, decreased congestion, reduced waiting times and a unique technological experience. However, this approach will include and benefit all airport stakeholders: while Governments and Border Control Authorities will confirm an improvement of the security at borders and an optimization of processes and resources, Airports and Airlines will offer more innovative services, reduced queues, increased on-time departures and happier passengers!

In this scenario, data sharing is no longer an issue. In fact, the Vision-Box®-developed platform, the vb i-shield®, was based on the “Privacy by Design” concept, for a sustainable Data Sharing model to sustain each parties’ needs and strategic, business and legal objectives and constraints.

 

Editorial Contact

Vision-Box® Headquarters

Catarina Meleiro

E: catarina.meleiro@vision-box.com

 

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