Italy's Fiumicino-Leonardo de Vinci International Airport has installed a new self-service immigration control technology by SITA to expedite passenger arrivals and departures at the airport.
Passengers travelling from the European Union with electronic passports will be able to avail this service. The airport has carried out an automated border control gates (ABCGates) trial with SITA, which saw 3,000 passengers clearing customs and immigration at the airport.
The new technology helps to confirm the identity of the passport holders. The latest biometric technology helps in verifying individual passengers through a combination of facial recognition and fingerprints.
The technology helps to reduce waiting times as passengers can use self-service facilities, while allowing customs and immigration agents to concentrate on potential high-risk passengers.
Speaking about the new technology, SITA Europe president Dave Bakker said: "SITA is at the forefront of pioneering solutions in self-service border technology.
"We are using the latest biometrics to facilitate fast, accurate and secure passenger processing at the border so that airports and governments can reach the fine balance between providing a warm welcome and ensuring a high level of border security.
"The installation in Fiumicino marks the first ABCGates implementation in Italy and will provide some good learnings for future expansion of the program."
Fiumicino Terminal 3 currently has four ABCGates in arrivals, four in departures and two monitoring stations for Italian border authorities.
The project is a result of SITA's collaboration with airport operator Aeroporti di Roma and the immigration department of the Italian Ministry of the Interior, which is the government organisation responsible for immigration and border control security.
Image: SITA's new self-service immigration control technology. Photo: courtesy of SITA.