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 âHappy Flowâ.
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-BoxÂ® 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 Arubaâs airport and to establish a pre-clearance situation between Aruba and The Netherlands. The event gathers the initiativeâs 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-BoxÂ® was the company selected, after a rigorous tendering process, to present a live demonstration of the âAruba Happy Flowâ, 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 âAruba Happy Flowâ 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-FranÃ§ois Lennon, Director of Global Business Development, Sales & Marketing at Vision-BoxÂ® answers: âThis 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 camerasâ.
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. Â«Emphasis is on preventive measures, not on reactive onesÂ» explains the security specialist Jean-FranÃ§ois Lennon. And he adds: Â«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 worldÂ».
We wonât 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!
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