Minister for Immigration, Integration and Asylum Policy Gerd Leers launched a trial scheme (27-03-2012) for an automated border control system at Schiphol airport. Using electronic gates equipped with facial recognition, passengers’ identity is compared with the digital photographs in their passports. The system can also identify forged passports and wanted persons.
The electronic border-crossing gates are intended to make passport controls faster and easier, while safeguarding security. The number of passengers passing through Schiphol is set to rise in the coming years, but there is a limit to the number of passport control desks or border police officers the airport can accommodate. The automated system will therefore take over some of the routine work of the Royal Military and Border Police, giving them more time to observe passengers. Officers will monitor the gates from a distance and can always decide to carry out further checks on a passenger, if necessary.
The electronic gates are intended for passengers with biometric passports issued in EU member states or in Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.
In the next few months, passengers will be invited to use the electronic gates. The aim is for the system to be fully operational next year. A total of 36 gates will be installed (in departure hall 2, arrivals hall 3 and the Schengen/non-Schengen border crossing area). Passengers will still have the option of using the passport control desks.
The Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, the Royal Military and Border Police and the Schiphol Group are responsible for this project. The system was developed by VisionBox, and will be produced in collaboration with Accenture.
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