Innovative Travel Solutions (ITS) has configured its self-service border control solution BorderXpress to comply with the requirements of Canada Border Service Agency’s (CBSA) modernised NEXUS programme.

ITS is a technology development division of Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

The reconfigured BorderXpress NEXUS uses ‘tap-and-go’ RFID technology and facial recognition software to authenticate the identity of NEXUS members.

Vancouver Airport Authority CEO and president Craig Richmond said: “This is another big first for us, being the first Canadian airport to offer NEXUS members an enhanced and more seamless border clearance process. I know our frequent travellers that utilise NEXUS will be pleased with this modernised solution.

“We are grateful for the collaborative relationship we have with our partners at the Canada Border Service Agency and to be once again chosen as the trusted partner for the first solution and rollout.

“We look forward to continuing to work together on the next phase to create a complete seamless journey for all NEXUS members.”

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NEXUS is a joint programme operated by CBSA and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The Trusted Traveller programme is intended for pre-approved travellers with low-risk entering Canada and the US.

The new kiosks are equipped with facial recognition technology, which replaced the previous iris recognition technology.

NEXUS members can scan their cards and take a photo to authenticate their identity. They will then proceed for final inspection by a CBSA officer.

This August, ITS installed an additional 32 biometric-enabled kiosks at Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados.

In June, as a part of a six-month pilot programme, four BorderXpress kiosks were installed at Keflavik International Airport (KEF) in Iceland.